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Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten

 

“Children automatically use their senses to become engaged in meaningful explorations. From water and 'goop' play to touching live worms in trays of dirt, children are building connections as they naturally observe, explore, question and negotiate with others to share space and tools, create stories and build dialogues as they delve into a scientific world.”
— Terry Dalton, Preschool teacher

A Special Place

In no other place on campus is pure imagination at work quite like in Seacrest's Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Behind the innocence of our youngest students is an innate curiosity that our teachers encourage and inspire. Through developmentally appropriate practices and exploration, students are exposed to the basic principles of mathematics, language arts, and science. Sensory play allows to students to discover the natural world and foster creativity, while mastering their fine motor skills and developing the social and emotional skills that are so important at this age. Physical education, Spanish, music, and technology are additional benefits to early education at Seacrest.

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Teachers share with parents daily blog posts about what their child is learning during the day, like the blog below.


 

Power of Play | A Blog for Preschool Parents

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Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
~ Fred Rogers

Play is a Job
I feel extremely fortunate to teach the youngest little humans at Seacrest. If you have ever popped into our preschool classroom, one of two things may have happened: you turned around and ran, or you had an incredibly hard time leaving.

I understand why some choose the first option. Children working so hard at their job (a.k.a. PLAY) tend to be noisy and move around quite quickly. Children who are engaged in such creative play are making up their own rules in self-directed role assignments: using their imagination to turn a baby bottle into a fire hose or taking a magic carpet ride on the classroom rug.

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"When children pretend they are using their imagination to push the bounds of reality" ~ Fred Rogers

In November we began one of my favorite units: The Farm. Such a simple name, for so many lessons. When the children came in, they wondered what was hiding under the sheet. Was it a dinosaur, a car, a monster? We pulled the sheet to reveal... a cow!

1. What is an Election?

In the spirit of election day, the children voted on what kind of cow it should be. Their choices were, a Jersey or a Holstein. The result was five to three in favor of the Holstein. But, in order to calm the dismayed voters, one student suggested painting one side brown for the Jersey and the other black and white for a Holstein. If only every election could be this amiable!

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What Makes Us Different?

Unlike a traditional preschool, Seacrest is a true (and active!) learning community. With such educational diversity throughout the Lower, Middle and Upper School, our preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students are exposed to more opportunity to learn in exciting and unique ways.

Friday Flag Ceremony performances, our annual Holiday Program, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the Pre-Kindergarten Tea, the Stingray Picnic, and Heritage Luncheons are all meaningful Seacrest traditions in which parents and students can participate.

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