Young Preschool: 30 to 36 months

Your toddler is on the brink of becoming a preschooler and we will give him or her the skills needed to be successful in our K-Prep preschool program and beyond.  We encourage investigation and emerging skills such as matching, sorting, and pattern identification.

We recognize that learning is occurring at a fast pace and your child is making new discoveries daily.  Our exclusive C.O.R.E. curriculum introduces them to a world of learning, growing, sharing, and exploring.

Structured Areas Support Learning

Your child is almost ready for preschool and has an abundance of curiosity to prove it.  We will encourage their interest in learning through activity areas.  Our teachers consider the interests of the children in their classroom when organizing these spaces and gathering new materials to offer.  Our planned areas of the classroom provide a physical structure that allows children to see all of the possible play and learning activities available to them.  Through the structure, children learn what actions – building, painting, scribbling, digging, splashing, reading, sorting, and pounding – should occur at which learning center. 

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. They intentionally chosen according to the subject areas needed for a well-rounded educational experience.

Friendships and Fun

Small group opportunities in this room allow teachers to teach new concepts while children enjoy the chance to communicate, cooperate, and properly interact with each other.  During this age, we introduce our conflict resolution program, which helps your child learn the social skills needed to be successful in group settings.  Teachers observe and guide interactions between children allowing students to learn how to recognize the feelings of others, develop problem solving skills, and learn how to respond appropriately to their peers in an assortment of situations.  These social skills are important since learning and friendship go hand in hand.

Get Set for School

In this classroom, your child’s teacher will begin leading the class in “Get Set for School” (Handwriting Without Tears®) songs that provide foundation knowledge for future writing skills.  One of these songs is “Mat Man.”  Mat Man helps your toddler learn body awareness as well as shapes that will become parts of letters when their handwriting instruction begins.

C.O.R.E. Curriculum:

  • The Creative Curriculum
  • C.O.R.E. Language & Literacy Acquisition Program
  • C.O.R.E. Values Character Education Program
  • Get Set for School - Handwriting Without Tears

For more information about our curriculum system, visit our Curriculum page.

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Preschool/K-Prep: 3 to 4 years

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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!