Beginners (35 months by December 1)
The Beginners program at Peñasquitos Christian Preschool is designed for our first-year preschoolers and for children that are 2.5 and begins in the morning. This early learning experience is for first-year preschoolers and students are permitted to attend school if they have not yet mastered potty training. A focus throughout the school year will be in gaining independence and learning to use the potty. The main focus of Beginners is to introduce children to a social setting where they can learn and practice skills that will lay the foundation for social and emotional health in school.
Typically, the Beginner classes are working on their first separation from mommy and daddy, learning to use the potty, trusting another adult away from parents, learning to make choices on their own, and making the beginnings of parallel social connections. The classes take each of these skills to a new level in learning to work out social issues in an appropriate way.
Interwoven is the opportunity for age-appropriate academic, cognitive, spiritual, and physical growth. When children first arrive at school they are warmly welcomed into their classroom which is set up for immediate exploration of learning centers. These learning centers include art, writing, manipulatives, science, sensory, blocks, reading, and dramatic play. Following open center time is a group time that could include discussions, singing, reading, and fingerplays. Children will also share a family-style snack together at some point in the morning.
Our outdoor time is not a recess but a valuable educational opportunity to practice skills through intentional and planned activities that span all developmental domains. The morning program ends with a short, age-appropriate closing group time. Bible curriculum and lessons are incorporated throughout the curriculum and children attend chapel once or twice per week (depending on schedule).