Preschool (Primary Division)
Our Primary Division (Preschool) establishes the foundation of the school’s program by introducing and supporting values that center on respect for the natural pace of development, for student-centered learning, for the cultivation of curiosity, and for burgeoning independence. These tenets begin in the Primary Division and thread through the elementary and middle school years as students advance through the grade levels.
The age range for children in Primary (Preschool) ranges from 2 years, 9 months to older 4 year-olds and early 5 year-olds in two multi-age classrooms of 24 children each. Students are carefully placed in one of two groups to provide a balance of gender and ages. Primary teachers are experienced and expert observers, trained to determine each student’s stage of development, evaluate which tasks have been mastered, and determine which challenges should come next. The curriculum extends over several years, and advances naturally as students continue through the preschool program.
The educational theories and practices of Maria Montessori—a philosophy that embraces the understanding of how children learn—lay the foundation of our preschool program. Work periods encourage independence and choice while maintaining a thoughtfully-designed structure supported by experienced and specifically-trained teachers. Students are stimulated and challenged, yet given the latitude to learn at their own pace. They are taught all aspects of the subject matter, with plenty of time for repetition and opportunities to experience the natural joy of learning.
In addition to time spent in their main classroom, preschool students also travel to other areas of campus to attend Specialist classes such as Spanish, music, physical education, and library. In addition, playground time encourages unstructured play time in a supervised setting. Primary students also have opportunities to engage in authentic, inspiring activities with their Level 8 "Big Buddies."
Students practice social skills daily by sharing, communicating, and collaborating with others. Personal responsibility is also important. From pushing in one’s own chair, to using one’s words to resolve conflicts, students at a young age are learning self-advocacy and developing confidence. Work periods are balanced with humor and creativity.
Truly knowing a child means understanding how they think about the world and how they communicate those thoughts. Turning Point School’s commitment is to the whole child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative, and ethical well-being. We create a nurturing, stimulating, challenging, and supportive setting to meet the needs of young children beginning to explore their world. Careful guidance and direction is provided to inspire happiness, confidence, and independence while developing life skills.