They learn by engaging in free play, by making guided choices, and by valuing themselves and each other. Our multi-age, Montessori-based classrooms are carefully constructed to inspire self-directed learning, to develop confidence, and to cultivate independence in our youngest students.
Our Preschool classrooms consist of 18-20 children ranging from age 2 years 9 months to five years old. Preschool 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, students enjoy plenty of unstructured play time in a supervised setting on our playground.
Students practice social skills daily by sharing, communicating, and collaborating with others. A favorite activity for both our youngest and oldest students is the “Big Buddies” program, where preschoolers engage in authentic, inspiring activities with their Grade 8 buddies.
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 intellectual, social, physical, ethical, and emotional 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.
Students may be dropped off between 7:30–8:25 am. They are greeted by classroom teachers and friends, and enjoy supervised play until classes begin..
Morning Group provides an opportunity for our friends to welcome each other, review the day’s schedule and “helper” duties, and set their intentions for the day.
Music provides a wonderful conduit for creative self-expression. Turning Point utilizes the Orff Schulwerk method, a music and movement program that features singing, chanting, clapping, dancing, and keeping a beat, and the Kodaly method which focuses on developing rhythmic coordination and a sense of harmony. Students proudly demonstrate their musical talents and enthusiasm during our Winter Concert.
Preschool students explore Spanish language and culture during time with a dedicated Spanish teacher. Song and rhythm, active play, art, and stories stimulate curiosity and introduce beginning concepts of world language studies.
Preschoolers are experts in play. Their time spent in the gymnasium with our Physical Education teachers helps them develop agility and coordination, practice teamwork and fair play, and learn new games and skills..
Our Luis de Torres Library is a magical place for Preschoolers. They delight in their weekly visit to the library, where they hear stories, browse the stacks, and select a special book to borrow.
Daily “work” time provides the foundation for our Preschool program. The Montessori method honors the fact that children are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment.
During work time, preschoolers enjoy a balance of direction and free choice as they engage in activities including puzzles, art work, math, imaginary play, building blocks, and more.
Students engage in supervised, unstructured outdoor play with friends on the Turning Point playground, designed for fun and safe play activity. Multiple Preschool classes often interact, allowing students to practice socialization with new peers.
Students bring their own lunch each day and are encouraged to follow Turning Point’s guidelines for sustainability. Preschool teachers read to students daily from a wonderful assortment of children’s literature and theme-oriented stories.
Share Day Group
Students have the option to bring in something special from home to share with friends.
Nap Time/Work Time
For our youngest students, an hour of rest time is provided. A shorter rest and afternoon work time is available for older students.
Optional After School Care and After School Classes
Preschool students may enroll in select After School Experience Classes. All students may participate in supervised After School Care until 6:00 pm (fees apply beyond tuition).