PreSchool

Heart Prints Center for Early Education offers preschool classes for children ages 2 1/2 through 5 years old in a mixed-age setting.  The maximum size of our preschool classes is twenty-one with a team of three certified teachers.
  • We believe that young children learn best through respectful, reciprocal, responsive relationships. These relationships serve as the foundation for learning and enable children to solve problems and manage conflict respectfully.

    Children in our preschool classes participate in weekly yoga and foreign language classes.

    Children emerge from HeartPrints preschool as confident, compassionate, curious, creative individuals who work to solve problems and manage conflict respectfully.

  • Our preschool classes offer daily opportunities for small group, large group, and individual learning experiences. Each day, children and teachers…
    • Explore the natural world as we care for classroom plants & pets, explore our playground or take nature walks
    • Explore fantasy and imagination as we dress-up and pretend
    • Explore creativity through the visual arts within our classroom and atelier
    • Explore communication through shared reading experiences, storytelling & writing, experimentation with writing tools, technology, and the arts
    • Explore our world through rich and varied play experiences
    • Expand our logical/mathematical thinking through hands on experiences with manipulatives and daily opportunities for problem solving
    • Build commmunity through collaboration, family involvement, classroom visitors, field trips, and technology
  • Preschool Daily Schedules

    Morning Preschool: 9:00 – Noon / Four (M – TH) or five mornings per week

    9:00 – 9:30 AM        Arrival & Planning Time:  Individual or learning center work

    • Question of the Day (Family connections, literacy, logical/mathematical, science)
    • Home connections – families review portfolios, word books, projects in classroom
    • Journal (Word books and/or science journals) work – (literacy, social-emotional, science)
    • Manipulatives (logical mathematical)
    • Open art (aesthetics, art)
    • Individual skill development – (all domains)

    9:30 – 9:50               Meeting Time:

    • Greeting & Sharing (Literacy, Social-emotional)
    • Daily Schedule Preview (Literacy, Logical/mathematical)
    • Music & movement activities (Social-emotional, literacy, logical/mathematical, physical development, social studies)
    • Read aloud experiences – (Literacy, Social-emotional)

    9:50 – 10:20             Small Group Experiences:

    Children work in small interest groups; primarily teacher- directed experiences encompassing any/all subject areas

    10:20 – 10:30           Snack: (Social-emotional; nutrition)

    *May be offered at a set time or as a center that children can visit during their morning work

    10:30 – 11:30           Free Play & Integrated Project Work (in-depth study):  Incorporates all subject areas (literacy, logical/mathematical, science, social studies, technology, motor through an integrated approach based on in-depth study.  Includes:

    • Designing/planning projects related to topics
    • Creating classroom books, written documentation for projects
    • Logical/mathematical integrating math through graphs, classification/sorting, and number concepts related tothein-depth study
    • Fine motor development through hands-on activities
    • Aesthetics/art

    11:30 – 11:45           Large motor/movement experiences: outdoors weather permitting- if needed indoors

    11:45 – Noon            Meeting Time:

    • Read aloud experience (literacy, social-emotional)
    • Question of theDay (logical/mathematical, literacy, science, social studies, social/emotional)
    • Review of morning/afternoon work
    • Home connections
    • Preview of upcoming events
    Afternoon Preschool: 1:00 – 4:00 PM / Two, three, four or five afternoons per week

    1:00 – 1:30 PM        Arrival & Planning Time:  Individual or learning center work

    • Question of the Day (Family connections, literacy, logical/mathematical, science)
    • Home connections – families review portfolios, word books, projects in classroom
    • Journal (Word books and/or science journals) work – (literacy, social-emotional, science)
    • Manipulatives (logical mathematical)
    • Open art (aesthetics, art)
    • Individual skill development – (all domains)

    1:30 – 1:50               Meeting Time:

    • Greeting & Sharing (Literacy, Social-emotional)
    • Daily Schedule Preview (Literacy, Logical/mathematical)
    • Music & movement activities (Social-emotional, literacy, logical/mathematical, physical development, social studies)
    • Read aloud experiences (Literacy, Social-emotional)

    1:50 – 2:20               Small Group Experiences:  Children work in small interest groups; primarily teacher- directed experiences encompassing any/all subject areas

    2:20 – 2:30               Snack: (Social-emotional; nutrition)

    *May be offered at a set time or as a center that children can visit during their morning work

    2:30 – 3:30               Free Play & Integrated Project Work (in-depth study):  Incorporates all subject areas (literacy, logical/mathematical, science, social studies, technology, motor through an integrated approach based on in-depth study.  Includes:

    • Designing/planning projects related to topics
    • Creating classroom books, written documentation for projects
    • Logical/mathematical integrating math through graphs, classification/sorting, and number concepts related tothein-depth study
    • Fine motor development through hands-on activities
    • Aesthetics/art

    3:30 – 3:45               Large motor/movement experiences: outdoors weather permitting- if needed indoors

    3:45 – 4:00               Meeting Time:

    • Read aloud experience (literacy, social-emotional)
    • Question of the Day (logical/mathematical, literacy, science, social studies, social/emotional)
    • Review of morning/afternoon work
    • Home connections
    • Preview of upcoming events
    Extended Day Option

    Families may choose to enroll their preschool children in our extended day programs. HeartPrints offers several extension opportunities for families including:

    • 8:00 – 9:00 AM       Morning extension
    • Noon – 12:45 PM    Lunch extension
    • 4:00 – 5:00 PM      Afternoon extension
    • Extensions can be scheduled on a permanent or flexible basis.

    for Extension Request Form click here

  • Enrichment Classes

    Families may choose to extend their child’s preschool day to include our afternoon enrichment classes.  These classes offer children a myriad of opportunities to explore topics of interest in greater depth.  Schedules for enrichment class opportunities are published on a quarterly basis.  Families may enroll their child on one or more classes each week.
  • Children five years old can transition into our Kindergarten Class.  This transition is usually seamless as children are already familiar with our teaching staff, classrooms and daily routines.

    for Preschool Registration Form click here