Touchstone Academy

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Programs: Preschool – Half and Full Day Options

The understanding of the importance of early learning has dramatically increased in recent years. High-quality preschools are designed to give your child a jumpstart to learning. In addition to developing early learning skills, appropriate preschool programs help your child’s brain develop, and contribute to physical, emotional and social development.
Touchstone Academy PreSchool
Touchstone’s Preschool program gives children the opportunity to actively construct their own knowledge through meaningful experiences and hands-on investigations in areas such as number sense, literacy, music, French, science, art, and movement in a play-based, hands-on environment. In addition to the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning, we use a number of other resources to enhance the learning experience. Our curriculum is enriched with regular field trips to historical, cultural, and scientific sites, as well as in-class guests.

A great deal of time is spent on learning social skills. Our approach is proactive. We attempt teach the skills before they are needed. In addition, students learn about other social skills as the need arises through role-playing, stories, and active discussions. It’s about making good choices. Learning how to share, be respectful, initiating play, initiating and keeping friendships, etc. Our preschool lays the foundation for learning and positive peer interactions.

To view the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Childcare click HERE.

Is Touchstone’s Full-day Preschool a traditional daycare? What makes it extraordinary?

Our full day program for 3 and 4 year-olds is designed to promote learning throughout the day via fun activities and investigations! Essentially, it is a full-day version of our preschool, catering to children who are ready to learn through play!

Who cares for the children throughout the day?

We adhere to the staffing regulations as determined by the province, but take pains to ensure that we hire qualified, exceptional, creative, and nurturing teachers.

What is the classroom like?

Our newly-designed Preschool classroom acts as a dynamic third teacher in the room. The room is organized into thematic centers including spaces for dramatic play, quiet activities, a listening station, a painting zone, small group area, and a construction zone for blocks and other building activities! All of the materials and equipment are kid friendly and designed especially for 3-4 year olds. We also have a large open area for whole class meetings and circle time.

 

2017 Preschool Fees

F/T Half Day Preschool (mornings)

Time Frame 3-4 years old
School Calendar  (38 weeks, 5 days per week) $4180.00
12 months (5 days per week) $5720.00

P/T Half Day Preschool (mornings)

Time Frame 3 years old 4 years old
Part Time (2-4 days) $27.00 per day $27.00 per day

Full Day Preschool

Time Frame 3 years old 4 years old
12 months $170.00 per week $160.00 per week
Part Time (2-4 days) $42 per day $42 per day

Please Note:

  • Families will receive a monthly statement, all fees are due on the 15th of each month.
  • If you wish to withdraw your child(ren) from the Preschool, we require four weeks written notice.
  • The Multiple Child Discount and Lump Sum Payment Discount do not apply to Preschool Fees.

What is the daily routine like?

The Preschool schedule is highly flexible, allowing teachers to respond sensitively to cues from the children. We transition from one activity to the next as and when the children are ready.

This is a snapshot of a typical day in preschool. It can vary, depending on special projects or events, weather, and class energy. Sometimes we’ll spend longer or shorter on an activity than planned, depending on student interest. We will also start activities that were not planned by teachers if students express interest in learning more about a subject or mastering a skill.

Activity Description
Drop-Off (7:30 – 8:25) During this social time, teachers assist students with changing shoes, signing in and finding a table-top activity to play
Circle Time After class clean-up, we gather at the circle for chatting, group activities, or reviewing the day’s upcoming activities.
Group Time Students are invited to participate in small group activities with a teacher. These activities can focus on class routines, math, literacy, science, theme, or art.
Snack (generally, kids are welcome to eat snack when they feel the need) Students wash their hands, independently find snack bags, and gather at the tables. This is a time for shared conversation, listening to music or stories, and discussions on healthy eating, comparisons, etc. Often, snack time becomes circle time!
Free Play Students have a long stretch of time for free choice of activities in the room. Students may choose to play alone or in a group. Teachers supervise, assist, facilitate activities, guide students, and help with problem solving. Teachers may set-up special activities in the room during this time for small groups to participate in. Students finish this time with group clean-up.
Movement This time is usually spent outdoors unless weather prohibits it. It involves free play on the play structure and open space. It sometimes involves free play with gym equipment, short group games, relay races, or obstacle courses.
11:30-12:30 Dismissal Or Lunch Half day students are dismissed, either before or after lunch (parents of half-day students can choose whether their children remain for lunch or not) Students wash their hands, independently find lunch bags, and gather at the tables.
Nap or rest time Each child will have his or her own cot and bedding.
Circle time We gather at the circle for chatting, group activities, or reviewing the afternoon’s upcoming activities.
Group time As above, students are invited to participate in small group activities with a teacher.
Snack Students wash their hands, independently find snack bags, and gather at the tables for their afternoon snack.
Free Play Students have another long stretch of time in the afternoon for free choice of activities in the room.
Movement As above, this time is usually spent outdoors unless weather prohibits it.

Teachers supervise free play, but also guide students in games and small group activities that meet students where they are at in their learning and current interests. Developing early literacy skills is an important component of Touchstone’s preschool philosophy and is, therefore, integrated in every subject throughout the day.

Extras:

  • Tuesdays: Music
  • Filed trips and guest speakers
  • French vocabulary is incorporated into small segments of the daily routine, such as arrival, music and snack time.