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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future


Ages 3 - 5

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    September 9, 2018


Our school’s youngest students are creative “doers” and experience a great beginning to their life-long joy of learning at Spectrum. In a typical year, children will experience field trips, reading buddies, interest-based learning, fine and gross motor activities, cooking and much much more.

The Preschool curriculum is child-centered and focuses on social interaction.  Academic areas are introduced through large and small group activities based on the children’s interests and during “Work Time” (click on for more info about plan-do-review) Children who demonstrate readiness are encouraged to pursue learning activities through their “work.”  Teachers plan, question, and process with children in developing a personalized education program appropriate for the child’s developmental level.

Experienced early childhood educators look for the teachable moment and support a child’s social-emotional and pre-academic development.  Families are an integral part of our school, and are included regularly.

What to Expect

Based on the High Scope Early Childhood philosophy

Families choose 3 or 5 half days, with the most flexible full and extended day program in the area as an option

Afternoon program offered in the same classroom with a familiar teacher

Math Their Way and Handwriting Without Tears programs implemented

Upper School Buddies once a week

Three conferences and one observation by families scheduled each year

2 times a year you will receive a Progress Report with rich narratives about self-development, plan-do-review, communication, congnitive strategies and number, creative representation, fine and gross motor skills

Inside the Classroom
Supply List & Resources

Supply List

*1 box 24 ct Crayola crayons

*1 box each 10 ct Crayola washable bold markers thick and thin

*1 Crayola washable watercolors

1 box Sakura 25pc cray-pas jr oil pastels (or similar)

1 smock or old T-shirt (large enough to cover their clothing)

1 pair blunt children’s scissors

*4 Elmer’s glue sticks

*2 bottles Elmer’s school glue

1 2in 3 ring binder

*1 bottle “Clorox anywhere” hard surface daily sanitizing spray

1 can of “natural” all purpose wipes

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

1 package of baby wipes

1 spill proof reusable water bottle with straw. LABELED with your child’s name

1 Artist’s Loft 9x12in sketch pad 100 pages ($5 @michaels)

1 pair of rain boots (we spend a lot of time of time outside in the woods)

1 bottle of bug spray labeled with your child’s name. make sure it repels ticks as well, if using Deet free I recommend getting one with Picaridin such as “natrapel” because it repels ticks.

1 5×7 picture of your child from this summer


For the birthday box please bring a wrapped gift under $3 boys for a boy and girls for a girl.

Boys ​1 package printer paper (for coloring, so cheap is good), 3 rolls of scotch tape

Girls ​1 roll of paper towels, 2 rolls colored tape (ex. washi, duct, masking etc…)

Students who stay to nap will need a fabric cube no larger than 11×11 and a small blanket and pillow that fits neatly into the cube.


*The brands named are preferred as they last longer, are best for cleaning(Clorox anywhere), are washable, or don’t dry out.

Resources  This site explains our plan-do-review process, how children learn through active learning, and how adults support children in their experiences.  You will also find the KDI’s (Key Developmental Indicators) listed.  How we support students in fine motor development and pre-handwriting

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