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About Fairmont’s Preschool Program

Preschool student painting. 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.

Tadpoles

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?

Preschool paves the way for a lifetime of learning, but how do you know when your child is ready to begin their educational journey? Here are five questions to ask yourself to determine if your child is ready for those first, important steps:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.Preschool students at Fairmont Private Schools.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”