Pre-K Program

For over 23 years, the Bethel Park Preschool program has been successfully preparing children to confidently enter kindergarten. The focus of our preschool program is to transform young children into effective, confident, and enthusiastic learners for life. We do this through a preschool program that exceeds traditional learning methods, builds in kindergarten-readiness skills, and still allows children the freedom to follow their own interests.

If you are the parent of a preschooler in the Bethel Park, South Park, Upper St. Clair, Castle Shannon, or Mt. Lebanon areas, consider enrolling your child in a preschool program that has the longevity, experience, and successful outcomes that so many families have come to trust.

Bethel Park Preschool Program

Brass Ring Learning Center’s Bethel Park Preschool and child care program has combined traditional Preschool education methods with the requirements from school districts to create a well-rounded social, emotional and educational experience for the child that is not only educational but also fun.
Our Preschool program operates Monday through Friday year round. We offer a summer kindergarten preparatory program for children that need a little extra help before entering kindergarten. We do not require parents to enroll their children 5 full days per week. We offer 3-day enrollments as well as half-day enrollments.

We also believe that all work and no play can be boring and not fun. Our Bethel Park preschool program provides the preschoolers ample time to play and socializing with their friends during the day.

Our Child Care Teacher make the difference!

Our Preschool room has been designed and decorated to engage the active young minds of Preschoolers. We have created areas within the space to provide children with many opportunities to learn and discover daily. Your Preschooler will become familiar with routines and learning experiences that will aid in a smooth transition to Kindergarten.

Brass Ring Learning Center’s Preschool Daycare Program is for children 3 years of age to entering Kindergarten.
Our program is designed to enhance the skills your child has mastered and build new skills that are essential to success in Kindergarten.
We introduce our Preschool children to Phonics, Science, Maths and Reading.

Preparing your child for entrance to Kindergarten is our primary focus.
We introduce your child to Pre-Reading, Writing and Concept of Math through hands on experience.

Your child will be able to incorporate many of their new found skills whether it be in a simple drawing or a complex story they have created themselves.
You will discover that you may need more space to proudly display all of their “masterpieces” your budding artist will be presenting to you.

Brass Ring Learning Center’s Preschool Daycare program is designed to prepare 3 to 5 year olds for entry into Kindergarten. Our preschool program is designed to help children master all of the skills they need to enter kindergarten.

We have staffed our early learning center with highly trained instructors so they can help the children learn all of the basics of what they have to know before they are ready for kindergarten. Our staff is ready to take each child and make a plan of action that is uniquely designed to help that child build on the skills they have already learned, and learn new skills as well.

No two children are the same, and the teachers of our Preschool know that they have to adjust their methods of teaching so that no child falls behind.

 

Some of the skills, and subjects that the preschool daycare program will touch on include:
Phonics are taught so that each preschool child will be able to properly say the name as well as the sound of each vowel, and consonant. By learning the correct sounds and names of the letter we have found that this gives the children an early boost too reading.

Science is a subject that naturally appeals to preschool children in our preschool program. Science is all about exploration, discovery, and the things that make up their environment. Our Preschool teachers use the natural curiosities the children have to get assist them in learning about science.

Math is a subject that every individual needs to excel at. We feel that you can never start educating a child too early in math concepts, and math skills. The staff of our Preschool program assists the children in recognizing their numbers 1 to 50, present simple addition, and simple subtraction. The best part of the math program is that our skilled teachers utilize varied materials to teach the preschool children math in a way that makes it seem as though they are just playing. You might even find that when your child comes home they want to teach you to play one of their math games so you can play together. We strive to excite our students so that they will want to go home and share all of their knowledge with their parents, and want to practice their newly developed skills even outside of our classrooms.

Reading is the cornerstone that all other subjects use to instruct, educate, and inform students. At our Preschool daycare program we recognize that reading is a fundamental skill for any child. We have many books available for the children to look through and explore. We have time in our day that we spend reading to the children and with the children. We always tell the children that “Books are our friends and our friends can take us on wondrous adventures.”

 

Preschool Program

Brass Ring Learning Center’s preschool program is designed to give your child an educational advantage. We utilize our preschool program Kindergarten Evaluation Checklist. This evaluation covers all of the basics required for entering Kindergarten. Our teachers use this as a tool to assure each child attending our preschool program is on track for success. Children learn in different ways and we take a look at each child individually and tailor our preschool program to fit the child. By changing our ways of teaching to fit the child, we are able to provide a well rounded and understandable experience for the children of our preschool program.

We have found over the years that preschool children need to have structured and predictable schedules as well as a consistent learning environment. Our preschool program and our preschool daily activity schedule provides the children with a predictable educational experience. Brass Ring Learning Centers have taken local school district Kindergarten entrance requirements and added to them to create our Preschool Curriculum. This preschool curriculum exceeds all expectations of all local school districts. You can be assured that upon entry to Kindergarten you child will be well prepared for educational success.

6:30 am to 8:00 am
Arrival – This is the time preschool child should arrive and prepare for their busy day. Children who arrive before 8:00 am eat breakfast and have free choice playtime with their peers.

8:00 am to 8:30 am
Cognitive Manipulative Learning Centers – Preschool Teachers provide puzzles, games and learning centers for children to explore and manipulate.

8:00 am to 8:30 am
Music and Movement – The preschool class will participate in music and movement activities. We encourage the children to express song voices and creative dance movements. We have found many budding musicians or ballet stars during this time.

9:00 am to 9:30 am
Reading Time – This is the time we move into the quieter activity of reading. The children are read to or given books to read. The themes of the books follow along with our weekly preschool learning theme.

9:30 am to 9:45 am
Snack Time – We provide your child with a light snack that can consist of cheese, crackers, fruits, pretzels, trail mix, yogurt, the occasional cookie etc. and a drink. Birthday treats are always welcome. We do have children with food allergies so the teachers are very conscientious to check labels before any snack is served.

9:45 am to 10:00 am
Circle Time – The time span for Circle Time is very flexible. If the children are working well and want to go beyond the time, teachers will continue presenting concepts to the preschool children. During this time your child will do the Pledge of Allegiance, calendar, Day, Date, Week, Month and Year. The children go over their Alphabet, Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Phonics and Sight Words. They will also discuss the letter of the week as well as color of the week and number of the week. The weekly theme is discussed. We sing songs and do finger plays as well as learn our home address and phone numbers. We present Circle Time twice daily, once in the morning and again in the afternoon.

10:00 am to 10:30 am
Lesson Time and Learning Centers – Your child’s teacher uses this time to present the lesson of the day to the children. This lesson follows our weekly theme and will encompass the usage of learning centers as well as the use of other learning materials. The lesson is designed to be creative and use math skills or science.

10:30 am to 11:00 am
Art Time – The preschool projects can be messy or simple but the children have a chance to express their inner Monet or Picasso!

11:00 am to 11:30 am
Gross Motor / Outdoor Play – This is the time we will go outside (weather permitting) and play games and run and jump or we will do large muscle preschool activities inside to promote coordination and growth. This time also gives the children a chance to blow off steam and shake the wiggles out.

11:30 am to 12:00 pm
Lunch Time – Lunch goes until all children have eaten. The 12:00pm finish time is hopeful but sometimes not practical. Children are given the opportunity to relax and enjoy their lunch. Teachers will assist any child needing help with their lunches. We will send home all unopened food. Due to health and safety issues, we do not save partially eaten items.

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Nap Time – Children assist the teachers with getting out their napping items. Teddy bears, binkies or special items for sleeping are always welcome. We play either classical music or a soothing sleepy time music selection. The children are supervised and may have backs rubbed or given a book to look at if they are not quite ready to nap.

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Snack Time – We provide your child with a light snack that can consist of cheese, crackers, fruits, pretzels, trail mix, yogurt, the occasional cookie etc. and a drink. Birthday treats are always welcome. We do have children with food allergies so the teachers are very conscientious to check labels before any snack is served.

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Circle Time – The time span for Circle Time is very flexible. If the children are working well and want to go beyond the time, teachers will continue presenting concepts to the children. During this time your child will do the Pledge of Allegiance, calendar, Day, Date, Week, Month and Year. The children go over their Alphabet, Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Phonics and Sight Words. They will also discuss the letter of the week as well as color of the week and number of the week. We sing songs and do finger plays as well as learn our home address and phone numbers. We present Circle Time twice daily, once in the morning and again in the afternoon.

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Learning Centers – The teachers will break the children into smaller groups and present learning centers to each group of children to share. The learning centers are broken into math concepts, pre reading concepts, writing concepts and science concepts.

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Directed free play / Outside Time (Weather permitting) – The children use this time to blow off some steam and expel any excess energy. Children can choose to participate in any activity that is made available.

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Tips for Parents of Preschool Children

Here we have put together a few tips for parents of preschool children.

Preschool children are growing at a quick rate physically, intellectually and emotionally. Parents of this age group should keep them involved and continue their learning.

The Academy of Pediatrics recommend preschool children get 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. This rest time will to allow their bodies ,as well as brains, to grow and recharge.

Parents should set a time for bed that will allow preschool children to get the maximum amount of sleep.

Set a bedtime routine. This can include bath, snack, bedtime story read, kiss and lights out.

Allow your preschool child to pick their clothes for the next day.

Allow your child to help make their lunch for school. Preschool children love to be helpful and show how big they are.

Lunches should include…

Main course item containing a protein(meat or other protein source), 2 items from the dairy category (cheeses, yogurt or milk) a fruit and a vegetable. Discuss with your child the importance of eating “growing foods” instead of junk foods. Too often many preschool children think a sweet treat is OK as “growing food”. This gives you the opportunity to talk to your child about good food choices.

Preschool children love to collect things. They will collect everything from rocks to pieces of crayons and everything in between. Be sure to check all of your child’s pockets before laundering. Save yourself from a mess in the washer or dryer.

Preschool children love to discover amazing and interesting things. Trips to the local museum, library or zoo are great opportunities for them to learn about the world around them. The local Children’s Museum allows preschool children the opportunity for hands on exploration.

Set aside time to read with your child every night. Reading helps a preschool child to expand their vocabulary and also use their imagination. Ask questions about the story that will cause your preschool children to use their imaginations.

Point out easy words as you go about your day. STOP, SLOW,DOG…… This is the beginning of the to road to early reading for your preschool children.

Help your child sound the words out they find on their own.