This is a stronger, advanced program designed to meet the developing needs of the older child who is preparing for kindergarten next year. We take our curiosity, imagination, creativity and our intellect to topics and experiences that have no limit. Some of our themes have been Bio-luminescence, the National Parks, and the Oregon Trail! We know how to mix learning and fun into an exciting program that includes math, science, art, music, literature and pretend play.
Our curriculum is designed to align with the Massachusetts Curriculum Learning Standards presented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In our literacy program, we use The Fundations® Pre-K curriculum as an introduction, to the letter sound and writing skills. Foundations is taught in area public and private schools in their Kindergarten programs. This program supports students’ emerging understanding of the alphabetic principles of letter-sound associations and alphabetical order and the written language skill of manuscript letter formation. Supporting the Literacy program is the use of Heggerty Phonemic Awareness for Pre-Kindergarten. As lessons are taught, students learn to hear the sounds in words. Both Fundations® and Heggerty Phonemic Awareness programs are taught in area public schools, we use their Pre-K . All of the skills and concepts learned from these programs will help prepare children to the ideas and processes being presented in kindergarten, so that concepts and ideas make sense, and the processes can be mastered.
Our Classrooms are located on the first floor and enters from the front door into a sunny heated coatroom. Once inside, children find their coat hook and change from shoes to slippers. The Pre-K classroom has three walls of sunny windows, hardwood floors, a large classroom and adjoining Quiet/Writing room, ceiling fans year round, and air conditioning in warm weather. There are 2 bathrooms located inside the classroom.
Holidays and birthdays are always celebrated and we welcome visits from family members.
Programs are open Monday through Friday with various schedule options. You can choose as few as two days a week to as many as five days a week.
|Arrival & Coatroom|
|Morning Circle Time|
|Free Play Hour & Snack Time|
|Clean Up & Movement|
|Recall Time and Story|
|Collect things for Playground Time|
|Inside to prepare for lunch|
|Circle/Story or Activity|
|New Afternoon Curriculum|
|Depart for home|
Our teacher to student ratio is 1:6-7. One Teacher per six or Seven children.
Snack time happens during out Free Play Hour. Children decide when during the hour they would like to come to the snack table. This allows children to choose a small or large group of peers to eat with and encourages social interactions as well as self-help skills. We use this opportunity to introduce a variety of healthy new snack ideas, and to cook or blend the snacks we enjoy! Children are more willing to try new things when eating with a friend. We are sensitive and thoughtful regarding all food allergies within the program.
Drop off happens at your car where a teacher greets your child and you and then escorts them into the playground while you drive off. No need to remove younger siblings or walk a child through oncoming cars in a busy parking lot. A safe and easy start to your and your child's day is important to us.
"For the first four months of my youngest son's time at Precious Beginnings I would tear up as I left after drop off. Not because I was missing him terribly (although of course I was), but more so because I felt so sad that I had not known about PB when my older children had gone to nursery school. To this day I believe they were cheated out of something so special, so tender and so unique. This school, the teachers and especially Ms Nancy and Mr Rick truly love what they do and it shows on a minute to minute basis, not only on the smiles on the children's faces but on all of the adults in this community too."
- Patricia M