Preschool is an exciting first step in a child’s education. This first stage of Fairmont’s Early Childhood Education program is for students who are two to four-years-old and potty trained. Our youngest students use AlphaTales and NumberTales books to develop a strong foundation of early literacy and number sense. Older preschoolers build upon this foundation as they engage in a curriculum called Opening the World of Learning (OWL), which advances their phonics and math skills. The curriculum incorporates books, songs, and poems to keep students engaged, and covers all topics of early childhood education.
A preschooler’s morning includes exciting academics, art, socialization, and purposeful play. Full-day preschoolers receive a nap/rest time along with extended afternoon play. Play is essential to exercise gross motor skills and foster social-emotional development. For a full schedule example, see our preschool brochure. When preschoolers are academically and developmentally ready, they advance to pre-kindergarten.
Fairmont’s Early Childhood Education program uses a system called Tadpoles for parent communication and student drop off/pick up. The program makes for efficient check in/check out of preschool students with convenient iPad stations for signing students in and out via the Tadpoles app. The app also keeps our parents informed throughout the school day with photos and notes from our preschool teachers.
Is My Child Ready for Preschool?
- Is your child potty-trained? While not all preschool programs require that children be potty-trained, at Fairmont we believe that giving up diapers is one clue that your tot is ready for the big kid world of school.
- Can your child separate from you without melting down? Every child has moments when leaving mom, dad, or another caregiver can be particularly tough. If your child is ready for preschool, you’ll notice a burgeoning independence as your little one looks forward to striking out on his or her own.
- Can your child properly feed him/herself with utensils and remain seated in a chair while eating? Preschool-aged children are notoriously “wiggly” in their seats, and that’s okay. But he or she should be able to feed him/herself without needing adult help.
- Can your child play with other children or independently without requiring constant adult intervention? Playing well independently and with others is a skill that builds as preschoolers mature; however, they’ll need to start moving in this direction before it’s appropriate to enroll them in preschool.
- Can your child follow other adult’s directions? If you’re the only one who can get your child’s attention, he or she may not be ready for preschool. Make sure your child has the opportunity to experience other caregivers–family members, friends, etc.–before starting preschool.
Interested in Fairmont’s preschool program or have questions? Fill out the form below and our staff will get back to you as quickly as possible.