Rainbow I (Ages 2–3) & Rainbow II (Ages 3–4)
Our Rainbow program is 8:30 to 12:00, five days per week. Children can attend a minimum of 2 days per week. A full-day schedule, which includes before and after-care (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), is also available. Parents may also choose a half-day schedule and pay hourly for extended care on an as-needed basis. A morning snack is provided. Children who stay all day bring their own lunch and we provide an additional afternoon snack.
Our 2 and 3 year olds are in self-contained classrooms with their teacher and assistants.
The average student-teacher ratio for Rainbow I is 5-to-1, and for Rainbow II it is 8-to-1. Potty-training is required for Rainbow II children, but not for children in the Rainbow I group (under 3).
For both 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 I and II groups also have French class and Music class multiple times a week, as well as sign language, and a weekly cooking or 'food experience.' By the end of Rainbow II, many of our children are beginning to read.
Pre-K & Half-Day Kindergarten
Our Pre-K/Half-Day Kindergarten program is also 8:30 to 12:00, five days per week. Children can attend a minimum of 3 days per week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday). A full-day schedule, which includes before and after-care (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), is also available. Parents may also choose a half-day schedule and pay hourly for extended care on an as-needed basis. A morning snack is provided. Children who stay all day bring their own lunch and we provide an additional afternoon snack.
Children in our Pre-K/Half-Day Kindergarten 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 manipulative's, and circle-time activities.
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.
Full-Day Kindergarten & First Grade
Our Kindergarten/First Grade program is 5 days per week from 8:30 to 2:30. 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 and the children bring their own lunch to school. The average class size is 10 children.
We have a Kindergarten class and a mixed Kindergarten/First Grade class, with a teacher for each group. The children are separated into leveled reading/writing and math groups, and have the opportunity to work at their own pace in phonics and reading. The children have a specials which include French and Music four times per week, and computer class once a week. Art, science, and geography are all integral parts of this program. 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 Kindergarten/First grade program at Winding Brook School.