Our preschool program is offered to students across the Pleasant Valley Community School District. The classes include general education students, and students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) enrolled in the special education program. The program is co-taught by general education and special education teachers, with assistance from classroom associates. Generally, the class ratio is 12 students to 2 teachers.
Children must be 4 years old on or before September 15th of the year of attendance. Children with IEPs may attend beginning at age 3.
All children are assessed using the Brigance® Preschool Screening instrument. The purpose of the screening is to obtain a sampling of a child’s skills and behaviors. Those children demonstrating the greatest need for skill development will be recommended for the program.
If accepted into the program, parents must provide the student’s birth certificate, record of immunizations and a current physical prior to the student’s start date. Your child will not be allowed to attend until all records are on file.
A.M. 8:30-11:00 P.M. 12:30-3:00
Social and Emotional Development:
The Pleasant Valley Preschool uses the Creative Curriculum® as the foundation for it's program. It is designed for early childhood programs serving children ages 3-5. It rest on a firm foundation of research and responds to new requirements for addressing academic content. Children are provided opportunities to engage in a variety of activities daily.
Circle Time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans and observations. Circle activities are designed to simulate youngsters' thinking, enrich their social skills and expand their attention spans. Each week we focus on one story at circle time. This is designed to help youngsters develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children's vocabulary and comprehension skills and expand their knowledge base.
Gross Motor Activities give children the opportunity to use their muscles-as well as their imaginations-as they engage in fun, healthy exercises, such as running, jumping and climbing.
Fine Motor Activities help improve small-muscle development and eye-hand coordination. Some common items found in the fine-motor/manipulative area include puzzles, beads and laces, pegboards, crayons and scissors.
Art Activities help youngsters creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes and size relationships.
Dramatic-play Activities help children express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary and solve problems. And, well dramatic play is just plain fun!
Music Activities promote youngsters' listening skills, creative expression and social skills. In music children can explore sound, volume, tempo and rhythm.
Science Activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions and experimentation.
Sensory Activities allow youngsters to experiment with textures and properties of different substances. Theses activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science and language.
Block Play gives children experience with many different concepts, such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect and classification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving and creativity are also promoted in block play.
Karin Mullen, Special Education Teacher
Kathy Kinzenbaw, General Education Teacher
Sara Niebur, Special Education Teacher
Jennifer Kingery, Speech and Language Pathologist
Miss Jane, Teaching Assistant
Miss Jen, Teaching Assistant
Miss Janie, Teaching Assistant