Rocky Hill Country Day’s By-the-Bay Preschool serves the emotional, social, cognitive, creative, and physical needs of 3 to 5-year-old children. Our nurturing and safe environment encourages discovery, open-ended learning experiences, and integrated activities designed to foster a sense of wonder and excitement about the world in which children live.
While offering challenging developmentally appropriate learning activities, students develop and enhance self-help, readiness and social-emotional skills, develop a sense of independence, self-reliance, and self-confidence, and learn and work cooperatively in a small community of children and adults.
Appropriate readiness assessments provide beneficial information to ensure the most holistic educational and social-emotional goals for our students. Students entering our Preschool must be 3 years of age by September 1, up to date with all AAP recommended vaccines, and potty trained.
Our Preschool program begins with the child. Our curriculum design is based on developmental accomplishments, giving us the ability to tailor expectations to meet the diverse skills of all students. Being child-centered allows us to create indoor and outdoor environments appropriate for all learners.
APPROACH TO LEARNING
Our curriculum takes advantage of how children learn by combining play-based, project-based, and experiential learning. Making use of our unique campus and school community, children are encouraged to explore the world around them and invited to observe and participate in learning experiences throughout all three divisions.
Our students thrive in a safe, nurturing environment which supports their social-emotional needs, physical development, and learning goals. Through mindfulness practices, we help children understand themselves and their relationships. Through responsive practices, ongoing assessment, and observation, we are able to offer children the opportunity to progress in their learning while meeting their individual physical needs.