Trinity Preschool has two Pre-Kindergarten classrooms for children ages 4 through 5 years old and one Transitional Kindergarten for our students 5 through 6 years old, spending a bonus year at preschool. Our desire is to create a structured learning environment that is stimulating and engaging for our students who will be heading off to kindergarten. Each morning students begin with morning group time.
For Pre-K students, this consists of the calendar, looking at the days of the week, months of the year, counting and patterning concepts. This time also includes a daily story, opportunities to share and develop leadership skills, as well as learning about a new concept or theme and the letter of the week. Students engage in a pre-literacy activity called “word of the day” which is an extension of their letter of the week. Pre-reading skills such as exposure to sight words and simple math problems come later in the school year as the students progress.
The classroom environment is rich in literacy and materials that stimulate problem solving skills, and knowledge in math, science and engineering. Themed concepts, based on the children’s interests, are used to stimulate their energy and desire for learning. Our Pre-Kindergarten teachers use this excitement to incorporate learning from all developmental areas ensuring that students receive a well-balanced, structured and stimulating education that readies them for the elementary years and beyond.
Our TK eligible students benefit greatly from having a bonus year to blend the merriment of preschool and the structure elementary school will bring. Students prepare for Kindergarten with heightened expectations for social, emotional, and academic readiness and with a more challenging curriculum that is developmentally appropriate. The class participates in a more extensive group time each morning, practices working in teams to problem solve, explores topics like math and handwriting in more depth, and enjoys a literacy rich learning atmosphere. Science and engineering are a greater focus with weekly STEM challenges and exercises. Our curriculum is focussed on the wondrous and explorative nature of books and reading, and later in the school year students perform early-reading exercises with wild enthusiasm. The skills they gain from a year in TK strongly prepare them for the world beyond the walls of Trinity Preschool.
Our Kindergarten program, new for the 2018-2019 school year, exists as an expression of our school’s core values through project based learning with an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and high quality literature. Kindergarteners follow a developmentally appropriate schedule apart from our preschool classrooms. Along with being challenged in areas like language arts and math, students also experience project based learning, engaging science experiments and humanities. Students enjoy low student to teacher ratios, a modern and stimulating classroom design, and the social emotional support of a nurturing environment.