Preschool/K-Prep: 4 to 5 years

Our four-year-old K-Prep preschool program offers hands-on materials and a variety of learning centers to help your child grow socially and emotionally while mastering skills needed for future school success.

Fostering Kindergarten Readiness

Our unique K-Prep Preschool program is designed to ensure your child acquires the academic and social skills needed for elementary school success.  Through engaging lessons and exciting themes that bring smiles to their face, your child will reach many academic goals.  They will be learning every day and won’t even know it! 

The World of Language and Literacy

Preschoolers ask questions about everything.  This curiosity helps build their linguistic skills while they gain knowledge.  At this age, your child’s intellect is growing rapidly; therefore, activities and conversations that help foster language development , writing, and reading skills are crucial.  From big books to word walls, labeling, and alphabet fun, we prepare children for a future of life-long learning.  We also feature enrichment programs, including a Spanish Club that further enhances your child’s language experiences.

For additional information regarding our Spanish Club and other enrichment programs offered, visit our Enrichment Programs page.  For more information on the specific phonics and handwriting curricula we utilize, visit our Curriculum page.

Hands-On Learning Centers

As your preschooler matures, the surroundings and activities become more complex.  Each preschool room has different play areas, also known as “learning centers.”  Our learning centers include dramatic play, science and sensory, math and manipulatives, reading, writing, blocks and community, art, music and movement, computer and listening, and gross motor.

Each day we provide time for the little things that matter so much to preschoolers.  Mastering tasks and skills such as tying shoelaces, buttoning jackets, and hand-washing allow your budding student to take more responsibility for their personal care and helps build self-esteem.  Cutting with scissors, drawing, and painting are just a few of the additional activities incorporated daily to ensure your child is building fine motor control.

Growing Bigger and Stronger

It’s obvious that your preschooler can run, jump, and climb farther, faster, and better than ever before.  Every day your child will benefit from further growth and muscle development by playing on our age-appropriate playground equipment or inside the gym during inclement weather.  Playing with balls and climbing, running, jumping, and throwing balls will also encourage gross motor development.  We’ll also offer gentle coaching when your child seems to need help.  The good habits and skills he or she develops now are the basis for sports, dancing, and other activities that begin in middle childhood and could continue for his or her lifetime.

Curriculum & Enrichment Programs:

  • The Creative Curriculum
  • C.O.R.E. Language & Literacy Acquisition Program
  • C.O.R.E. Values Character Education Program
  • Get Set for School from Handwriting Without Tears
  • S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Curriculum
  • Tech Time with Terance
  • Adabelle's Spanish Club
  • Fun 'N' Fit Movement Education
  • Music Appreciation

For more information about our curriculum system, visit our Curriculum page.  For more information on how our enrichment programs enhance the AppleTree/Gilden Woods experience, visit our Enrichment Programs page.


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Oaktree Academy has partnered with Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool! With this partnership we are also expanding with an addition to the school building. To celebrate these exciting changes, we are hosting an Open House on February 8th, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. Come tour the new state-of-the-art building and meet our Program Director, Carrie Quillan and her teaching team members. Learn more about our curriculum and programming. Enjoy local business partner vendors, as well as refreshments and fun for the whole family!