Our Programs at Winding Brook School

 

Rainbow 1 (Ages 2–3) & Rainbow 2/3 (Ages 3–4)

 
Our Rainbow programs are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., five days per week. Children can attend a minimum of 2 days per week. An extended day (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) or a full-day schedule, which includes before and after-care (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), is also available. A morning snack is provided. Children who stay all day bring their own lunch and we provide an additional afternoon snack.
Our two and three year-olds are in self-contained classrooms with their teacher and assistants.
The average student-teacher ratio for Rainbow 1 is 5-to-1, and for Rainbow 2/3 it is 7-to-1. The children do NOT need to be potty-trained for the youngest class (Rainbow 1), however it is a requirement for three and four year-olds.
 
Boy Writing — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 

 
For the Rainbow classes, a weekly theme is chosen around which stories, arts and crafts, and activities are centered. Each week, theme-related 'Bits' (bits of information) are selected for recognition, recall, and age-appropriate exploration and discussion. Our teachers have a wide-variety of themes they cover, and often change the themes year to year, based on the interests of the children. Examples of some topics are 'Muscles and Bones,' 'Community Workers,' 'Backyard Animals,' 'International Flags,' and even a whole fun week all about 'Pasta.'
We start even the youngest children with activities and flashcards that focus on number and letter recognition. As they progress through the program, the children are introduced to early math concepts, basic phonics, and sight words through engaging circle time activities and games. The Rainbow groups also have French and Music classes twice a week, as well as sign language, and a weekly cooking or 'food experience.'
 
Boys Playing — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 
 
 

Pre-K

Our Pre-K program is also offered 8:30 to 12:00 or 8:30 to 2:30, five days per week. Children can attend a minimum of 3 days per week, and before and after-care (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), is also available. A morning snack is provided. Children who stay all day bring their own lunch and we provide an additional afternoon snack.
 
Little Girls Smiling — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 

 
Children in our Pre-K program move in small groups from room-to-room every morning. Each room is set-up with a focus on a particular subject or learning area, and has a teacher who is responsible for that subject -- reading/phonics -- art/music/science -- math --French. The idea is that free-play in each classroom is centered around a particular subject (i.e. the math room contains math-related games, toys, puzzles, manipulative's, books, etc.). Each teacher has a planned activity for the children, which may include writing, using manipulatives, and circle-time activities.
 
Children Learning — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 

 
Boy Learning Colors — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 
Painting — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 
Kid Cooking — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 
Teaching a Class — Day Care in Tinton Falls,NJ
 
 
Our focus is truly on creating an environment of well-rounded academic enrichment, while fostering confidence, creativity, and independent thinking. The math and reading/phonics lessons are geared towards preparing your child for success in Kindergarten and beyond. Our art program exposes the children to the works of famous artists as they explore and imitate different periods, techniques, and famous works of art. Our music program introduces the children to music from different cultures and periods, as well as helps them to develop not only an ear for music, but an appreciation for all types of music. Creative expression includes circle dancing, fingerplays and dramatic plays, and playing instruments. Our French lessons are an equally important aspect of our program, as we believe exposure to language at an early age is an infinitely valuable when it comes to brain development in young children.
Our goal is for each child to reach their own individual highest potential at Winding Brook. The greatest gift we can give your child is the ability to meet the challenges they will face as they proceed with their education with not only a solid, well-rounded foundation, but the confidence to do it with ease and a positive attitude towards learning. We require all prospective families to visit in person to learn more about our programs at Winding Brook School.