In a caring, supportive, clean & safe environment, we aim to teach your child the skills & confidence to make a smooth and successful transition to Kindergarten, taking into consideration different learning styles and diversity, while striving to create a close knit classroom community.
The children will learn to share, cooperate & resolve issues in a gentle manner with experienced role models as they develop their social and emotional & problem solving skills.
"It has been my joy to teach young children for 20 plus years & provide them with the knowledge & tools to succeed in all areas & most importantly, to develop a love of learning."
We provide a multi-age program. This takes into consideration children's natural diversity. The curriculum follows Virginia's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (Pre-K) and Virginia's Milestones of Child Development. (3 years) http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/early_childhood/ https://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/division/cc/guidance_parents/child_dev/milestones.pdf Part of my family home is used exclusively for the preschool. We have a separate entrance, a large play room where we play, explore, read, dance, sing & conduct circle time. We have an art & craft/snack room & a fully equipped bathroom. It is a clean, safe & inviting space filled with materials that encourage imaginative play, foster creativity & encourage the development of motor & social skills.
Preschool Themes: Sept: Learning About Preschool, All About Me, My Family Oct: Fall: Apples, Leaves Nov: Thanksgiving, Pumpkins, Turkeys Dec: Winter: Christmas, Hibernating Animals Jan: Snow/Ice, Penguins, Polar Bears Feb: Community Helpers, Valentine’s Day, Day/Night Mar: Spring: Dr. Seuss, Baby Animals, St. Patrick's Day Apr: Caring for the Earth, Butterflies, Frogs, Growing our Vegetables May: Mother’s Day, Under the Sea/Water
We are a nature preschool. I encourage rubber boots and rain jackets. We go outside EVERY DAY in all weather unless torrential rain. Outdoors we feed our chickens & ducks, collect eggs, plant seeds in spring, watch them grow and tend to them. We chase butterflies, search for bugs & explore the woods around us as we enjoy nature walks.
We go on Field trips & have guest speakers visit preschool. Past Field Trips include: the Post Office, Carter's Mountain Apple Orchard, Hollymead Fire & Rescue & Open Gate Farm. We have had visits from a Police Officer, a local children's book author, Nurse Ashleigh, Major Trent & Zephyr the Magician.
Our Day: 8:45/9:00 Group 1 arrives / Group 2 arrives 9:00-9:50 Free & Guided Play, Art/Craft 9:50-9:55 Clean Up 9:55-10:15 Group 1: Circle TimeGroup 2: Small Group Instruction Group 2: Small Group Instruction Group 1: Circle Time 10:15-10:30 Snack/Toilet Break 10:30-11:30 Outdoor Play (this is extended if nice weather) 11:30-11:45 Team Work Activities (puzzles, memory games, problem solving) 11:45/12:00 Group 1 Pick-up/Group 2 Pick-up
We follow the Albemarle County School Calendar for closings and delays due to inclement weather. I offer complementary make-up days for days missed due to snow and illness (as they become available throughout the year). Preschool commences the day after Labor Day & finishes the Friday before Memorial Day. Joey Summer Camp is offered for 2 weeks each summer in June/July.
We conduct a formal assessment twice yearly to guide our teaching as well as provide you with information on your child's progress academically and socially. We communicate with parents daily about their child & send home monthly newsletters recapping our learning and events for the month.
About Ms. Alison: Alison earned her Bachelor of Arts (Education) Degree (1997), & Bachelor of Education Degree (1998), in Australia- majoring in music and art. This is the equivalent of a Masters in Education. She has continued professional development throughout her career and is currently studying and completing modules in early childhood education as part of the Virginia Quality Program. As a licensed provider both Ms. Alison and Ms. April must undertake 16 hours of Early Childhood professional development each year. Alison has taught in Australia, the UK, & in Albemarle County for over 21 years at both the Elementary & Pre-K levels. Australian born and raised, she has lived in Earlysville for the past 18 years with her husband and two children. "I truly find joy in teaching & can honestly say that I love my job!"
About Ms. April: April Gonzales joined Kangaroo Preschool in Fall of 2018 as Assistant Teacher. April previously worked for the Head Start Preschool program in Stanardsville. April has her Associates in Early Childhood and is currently studying for a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. April is married with three children whom she homeschools.