Preschool

Welcome to the Preschool Classrooms!

Offering full day care for children ages 2.9 years through 5-6 years of age.

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The preschool years are a new and exciting time for children. They are exploring their environment, learning new skills and beginning to develop close friendships with their classmates. Our day is full of activities! We go all out to provide fun and educational opportunities that will allow your child to learn through play and develop the skills necessary for moving on to Kindergarten.

Ages 2.9 through 5-6 years of age

Our full-time preschool program at The Learning Well is working-parent friendly.  We open early (6:30 am), stay open until 5:45 pm, and operate year-round.  The program provides a morning and afternoon snack (parents provide lunch), so we’re convenient for every situation.Tuition for the full day program is paid weekly.

Families may choose from a two, three, four or five day schedule.  Either way, The Learning Well is an exceptional place for young minds to learn.  Your children will be safe, warm, cared for, and will make new friends as they begin to experience the world around them.

Preschool age is where our littlest people really start to grow. Attention spans increase, numbers and letters become recognizable, and problems begin to be solved. Also, emotions are expressed more clearly, relationships with others are formed, and the joy of achievement becomes something to strive for.

The Learning Well preschool curriculum follows the MA education guidelines and is geared to encourage and nurture growth during these formative, happy years. From art to stories, poems and music to introducing tools (rulers, crayons, child-safe scissors) to basic reading, counting and computer use, we’ll ensure your children are well-prepared (and even ahead of schedule) for the school years that lay ahead.

We also encourage “everyday learning,” such as discussions of the weather, appropriate news events, the natural world around us, and more. And, of course, continued learning of self-help skills, such as appropriate potty etiquette, washing hands, etc.

The Preschool Classrooms

The preschool learning environment is based on learning centers, which are planned and sometimes teacher directed; as well as activities that allow for child choice, self-directed play, and small groups. The environment recognizes the need for movement and sensory exploration.

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small groups and projects, and join in brief circle times with the whole group.  Group art activities, dance parties and science experiments occur throughout the day.

Experiences in the Preschool Group

  • Literacy – Through natural exposure to books, print, and conversations, children gain experience in the wonderful world of letters and words. Early reading and writing skills are developed. They begin to print letters in their names and to recognize most, or all, of them. They will begin to dictate ideas, sentences and stories. While listening to stories, songs, and poems, children will begin to recognize and generate rhymes.
  • Mathematics – When children play in the sandbox or complete a puzzle, they are developing the thinking skills used in daily life. They develop vocabulary and skills to measure, describe patterns, and to express order and position. Children notice similarities and differences in objects and group their materials. The ability to organize information into categories and solve problems helps children to learn about time, space, and numbers.
  • Science – By cultivating a child’s sense of wonder, we help children to become scientific thinkers. The questions children ask about insects flying or mixing paints help them to collect and interpret data and to draw conclusions. They will explore time, temperature, and cause-effect relationships based on everyday experiences. 
  • Creativity – Children experiment with sounds and motions, colors and forms. They will engage in individual and group activities that represent real-life experiences, expand upon prior knowledge, offer opportunities to express feelings, and explore fantasy. Children will express themselves, create, and learn about the arts through experiences with a variety of art forms and media.
  • Physical Health and Development – Children use their senses and bodies to explore their physical environment. They will participate in games and outdoor play that enhance physical fitness. When using a variety of manipulative materials, they will develop hand-eye coordination, strength, and control. Children will begin to understand how daily activity and healthy behavior promote overall personal health and safety.
  • Free Choice Center Time – This time allows children opportunities to make choices and invest time in their personal areas of interest by visiting various centers within the classroom. They will interact socially, imitate through dramatic play, enhance their imaginations, and learn problem-solving skills.

As teachers, our main focus at this age is to provide each child with opportunities to acquire the skills necessary to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.  In a supportive and nurturing setting, our goal is for children to feel confident and willing to make their own choices.