The preschool provides a curriculum based education to prepare children ages three to five years old for Kindergarten and beyond. We concentrate on the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language developmental needs of the children. Learning activities are centered around hands on experiences and are based on the children’s current interest.
Trained in formal curricula including Creative Curriculum, Highscope, Reggio Emilio, and the Emergent Curriculum, our teachers use a blended teaching style that allows them to customize activities and lessons for the interests and natural curiosity of the students. This flexible creative teaching method maintains excitement, promotes problem solving skills and encourages an inquisitive approach to learning. It also allows us to leverage the years of experience of our teachers and management team to incorporate the very best of proven curriculums and developmentally appropriate practices.
The preschool student to teacher ratio is between 8:1 to 9:1, which is much lower than the state mandated ratio of 15:1, once again providing more individualized attention and educational experience.
Each classroom is equipped with different learning centers to promote learning through play and to stimulate the natural curiosity of the children. The learning centers include:
- Creative art
- Home living
- Computers (iPads & Apple TV)
- Dramatic play center
- Building block stations and other hands-on toys
Our classrooms reflect an exciting collaborative learning style and offer our preschoolers a state of the art environment in which to learn and grow.
Our goal is to develop the whole child so they are ready for Kindergarten personally, socially and academically. When they graduate from The Chastain School at St. John, they are prepared to enter any elementary school program be it private or public.