Age Group: “The Preschoolers” Class Name: Stargazers
(3 years or older by August 31 )
Children must be potty trained for this class
During your child’s year in The Stargazer class they will become increasingly independent. They will develop a heightened sense of self awareness and empathy towards others as they develop social skills and learn how to function in a group.
Teachers will work with the children to teach them problem solving skills. The children learn to take responsibility for their actions. They will also learn to listen to their friends. We see an increase in their feelings of self confidence and increased competency as a result of learning these new skills. We want children to enjoy school in a safe, nurturing atmosphere so that they will feel safe to take risks in all areas of development.
- Preschool Only, 9:00-11:30AM for two, three or five days a week.
- Preschool Plus, 9:00AM-2:00PM for two, three or five days a week.
- Preschool Full Day, 5-10 hours, 7:00AM-6:00PM for two, three, four or five days a week.
- You choose the days you want to enroll from the days open.
- Group size of 20, ratio 1:10
- Review our Enrollment page to see openings and the Registration for your next steps to secure a spot!
THE PRESCHOOLERS ARE 3 YEARS OR OLDER BY AUGUST 31, Stargazers
Krystal McClellan (Lead Teacher) Since June 2019 (Started in 2010)
7:30 am to 3:30 pm (paid planning 1:00-1:30 PM)
Courtney Queen (Lead Assistant Teacher) since April 2022 9:00 am to 5:00 PM
Emma Hinkle (Aide) since February 2021 3:00 pm to 5:30 PM
Our Stargazer teachers focus on the whole child by continuing to work on social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills. The children’s attention span grows during the year and the time spent in circle time and at special projects will match their growth. Projects and the learning centers are open ended, so children just learning skills can feel successful, while children ready for more challenges can take the activity further. Children must be potty trained for this class and dress themselves if they need to change clothes. The daily schedule is balanced between quiet and active times so children are never over stimulated. Music, stories, sensory play, arts, fine and large motor skills are part of the daily program. Daily special projects vary from cooking, science, and crafts to working on special projects.
In the Stargazer classroom the children have special celebrations such as special visitors, holiday celebrations, and Birthday Parties. They invite parents to join them for Curriculum Night in the Fall, for field trips about 4+ times each year, and for a Mother’s Day Tea. The children also work on special projects during the year like mailing letters to families and friends and tracking where the responses come from so they can see how big the world is. We want children to start feeling comfortable standing in front of a group and sharing information about their favorite things and they learn to do this by sharing a special item and performing special helper jobs.
When planning what topic to study next, the teachers observe and ask the children what they want to learn about. Teachers listen and observes the children to see what the group already knows and what they are interested in. The children may show an interest in squirrels for a month, but the teachers are always reading new stories, singing new songs, and adding new materials to the class to expand their learning and stimulate a new area of study. The teachers also know that parents want to see their children preparing for school readiness and work on skills with the children focused on those concepts. Our teachers know that to be successful in school and life children need keen observation and listening skills. Each November to January our teachers sit down for a conference with parents and go over their child’s developmental check list and talk to parents about goals for the children’s individual learning.
At The Shyne School our goal is to provide children with warm and caring relationships with teachers and friends. We encourage active parent participation. When parents feel comfortable with their school and teachers they are able to communicate an attitude of trust to their children. There is an amazing amount of growth for children in their third year. At The Shyne School children learn through games, songs, stories, play and hands on activities. Feel free to join us for the fun!
Our school parent handbook is on the Registration Page with full behavior management, curriculum, philosophy and what to bring. In addition we recommend a wet bag that we can send soiled clothing home in.