Preschool (Half-Day)

Preschool Programs

Golden Pond School looks at the curriculum as a whole continuing process from Twos through Junior Kindergarten where children are taught skills and concepts that develop in complexity and rigor over the preschool years. This is done through active learning that focuses on the whole child in a developmentally appropriate manner.

PROGRAMS

Young Scramblers (2 years old by September 30)

Young Scramblers
8:10/20-11:10/20am
2 years old by September 30

Golden Pond School’s two-year-old Scrambler Program is designed to be an introduction to school and the routine of the classroom with an emphasis on language, Music & Movement, and Art. Through hands-on opportunities, young learners investigate their new and expanding world! Making friends and learning how to be a friend is an important part of the Scrambler Program. We focus on building your child’s confidence and sense of independence through classroom routine with the attention of affectionate, supportive teachers. This classroom is referred to as the Monkeys.

Scramblers (2 years old by February 28)

Scramblers
8:10/20-11:10/20am
2 years-old by February 28

The slightly older Scramblers follow the same curriculum as their younger counterparts while also beginning the formal introduction of certain basic Core Knowledge skills, such as following two-step directions, pre-reading and math skills such as: recalling stories, understanding basic patterning and sorting skills, identify colors and shapes, activities that develop name recognition. Potty-trained is not a requirement. Full-Day Stay & Play until 6pm is available. These classrooms are referred to as the Bunnies.

3-Years (3 years old by September 30)

3-Years
8:10/20-11:10/20am
3 years-old by September 30

The Threes program builds on the social, physical, and academic skills introduced in the Scramblers classes. Experiential learning follows the Preschool Core Knowledge Sequence Level 1. We continue our emphasis on language, music, song, finger plays, and art, while also working on social skills, manners, and respecting others and our world. This program also marks the beginning of daily Spanish lessons. This curriculum is designed to be interactive and ignite a child’s natural curiosity. These classrooms are referred to as the Bees and Ducklings. Children in all our Threes programs must be potty-independent. Lunch Bunch until 1:20am and Full-Day Stay & Play until 6pm is available.

Explorers (4 years old by February 28)

Explorers
8:10/20-11:10/20am
4 years old by February 28

Explorers build on their experience as Scramblers, incorporating basic skills in literacy and math into the monthly themes. Follows Preschool Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Level 1. Children are introduced to the written word through songs, poems, nursery rhymes, stories, and class books and start to make sense of print by manipulating letters in their names and in teacher-made print. Mathematics are intertwined into the theme content, as children are introduced to one-to-one correspondence, rote counting to 10, sorting, graphing, and basic patterning. Children also begin daily Spanish lessons. These classrooms are referred to as the Zebras and Giraffes. Lunch Bunch until 1:20am and Full-Day Stay & Play until 6pm is available.

4-Years Pre K (4 years old by September 30)

4-Years (Pre K)
8:10/20-11:10/20am
4 years-old by September 30

Fours (Pre K) begin developing basic skills in literacy and math, as they follow the Preschool Core Knowledge Sequence Level 2. The written word continues to be highlighted through songs, poems, nursery rhymes, stories, and class books. As the year progresses, children are introduced to and encouraged to use inventive spelling. Children manipulate print as they sign-in daily, label murals, create graphs, and add to class messages. Mathematics become a key part of theme content. The children practice one-to-one correspondence, rote count backwards and forwards to 10, sort using two attributes, find patterns, and work together to create class graphs. This program also continues daily Spanish lessons. These classrooms are referred to as the Frogs and Butterflies. Lunch Bunch until 1:20am and Full-Day Stay & Play until 6pm is available.

Junior Kindergarten JK (5 years old by February 28)

Junior Kindergarten (JK)
8:10/20-11:10/20am
5 years old by February 28

Our Junior Kindergarten continues with more exploratory, theme-based learning as we follow the Core Knowledge Sequence Level 2. This program marks the introduction of journaling. As the year progresses, the journaling changes from child-dictated sentences to child-written sentences. Our JK children are encouraged to use inventive spelling and continue to manipulate print as they sign-in daily, label projects, create graphs, and add to class messages. Children also practice increasingly sophisticated applications of math concepts from their Explorers class and are introduced to simple addition and the concepts of greater than and less than. This program also continues our daily Spanish lessons. This classroom is referred to as the Tigers. Lunch Bunch until 1:20am and Full-Day Stay & Play until 6pm is available.

Junior Kindergarten JK Extended (5 years old by February 28)

Junior Kindergarten (JK) Extended 
8:15am-1:20pm
5 years old by February 28

GPS also offers an Extended day for our Junior Kindergarteners that builds on the social, physical and academic skills introduced in the Explorers classes, with additional time to foster friendships and work on special theme-related projects. JK Extended Day students enjoy lunch together each day (a hot lunch is provided, or children may opt to pack a nut-free lunch) and share an additional recess in the afternoon. These classrooms are referred to as the Lions and Bears. Full-Day Stay & Play until 6pm is available.


SPECIALTIES

GPS programs are enriched with Music, Art and Spanish Specialty lessons and teachers plus STEAM is also creatively integrated into daily lessons.

 

An introduction to music in a manner that is developmentally appropriate is part of every program. We correlate our Music & Movement program with our monthly themes to encourage learning through musical play and song. Our creative Music Specialist, Tracy Foster, helps children create sound by experimenting with a wide variety of hand-held instruments while developing both motor and social skills. Hearing the subtle differences in sound and pitch also increases phonemic awareness.  Through this program we learned that when combined with printed words and verses, Music & Movement also greatly improves early reading skills.  Our amazing results have led to GPS teachers presenting our impressive strategies at the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) conferences yearly since 2012.

 

ArtThe Art program at Golden Pond School encourages every child to stretch their creativity and imagination and to have fun! Children work with a variety of media and experiment with abstract art, self-portraits, painting, and three-dimensional work. Each year our students display their masterpieces at the annual GPS Art Show. The evening event is a student and parent favorite. Each year the Art Show grows with the imagination of our talented Art Specialist, Maggie LaBillois, incorporating interactive art exhibits. Additionally, specialty Art Summer Camps are available each summer.

 

 

SpanishAs part of introducing children to a broader world, Golden Pond School offers a fun and educational introduction to Spanish on a daily basis in our Threes, Explorers, Fours, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classes. The charismatic Spanish specialist, Magnolia Inmon, focuses on making students comfortable with the Spanish language while playing kinetic games, singing silly songs, and exploring interactive books. The exposure to another language at an early age lays an excellent foundation that can help children succeed in later grades.

 

SteamAs it is widely acknowledged that literacy is the cornerstone of all learning, the manner in which we teachers approach literacy is essential. A school’s approach to literacy sends all kinds of messages to students. For instance, we could tell them that print is all about phonemes and decoding as we sit them in front of a workbook. Or we could announce to them that unlocking the secrets of print is an exciting journey that will simultaneously unlock the secrets of the vibrant world around them as we delve into interesting projects. We prefer the latter – wouldn’t you?!  Our hands-on, science-based activities are built upon the theme-related books that our children are enjoying. On any given day, after reading stimulating and thought provoking classic children’s literature.


PLUS OPTIONAL


Stay & Play is our quality year-round care from 7:30am-6:00pm with stress-free snow days! Parents can select from 2 Day, 3 Day or 5 Day Stay & Play (until 6pm).

 

 

Lunch Bunch is available 2,3 or 5 days a week from 11:30am – 1:20pm. This supplementary program gives children extra time to solidify friendships with in a warm, atmosphere while enjoying lunch. Children participate in creative art projects, science experiments, and other group activities. A hot lunch is served daily or students may bring a nut-free, home-packed lunch.

 

Exercise helps a child’s developing brain by stimulating brain growth and boosting cognitive performance helping children focus and retain information. The coaches at Amazing Athletes will be teaching the basic fundamentals and mechanics of 10 different sports including Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Track & Field and Tennis at GPS. Classes work on building self-confidence, practicing teamwork and improving key areas of motor development. Balancing, running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and target bowling are incorporated into a non-competitive, learning-based environment. Amazing Athletes 6 week classes will be available for students ages 3-8. For more information and to register please contact Ingrid at frontdesk@goldenpondschool.com.