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Preschool Curriculum

Rivermont’s Preschool provides children their first step in formal education, making the important transition from family as the primary learning environment to a broader learning community. Our program encourages learning through guided play in a setting rich with activities and sensory experiences. Children learn by doing, hence Preschool is an active classroom. Students move about the room and explore creative centers in daily play.

Rivermont believes in the importance of cognitive challenges. Our Jolly Phonics literacy curriculum focuses on the letters and sounds of the alphabet by using multi-sensory techniques. A beautifully illustrated board book with large embossed letters on each page provides each student the framework to understand the alphabet - not just the letters themselves, but the 42 main sounds of the English language. Each sound is associated with an action, which helps students remember the letters that represent it. Jolly Phonics is a fun and engaging curriculum, incorporating music and a variety of activities that energize both students and parents alike. Our literacy program transcends the classroom, embracing parents as educational partners in their child’s education and development.  

Linked to our literacy curriculum, Preschool students are exposed to a wider world through Rivermont's wonderful library. In Early School library class our goals are for students to begin to learn about story structure and the parts of a book, use illustrations and other visual elements to understand text, select books to borrow based on personal interests, and use library materials responsibly.

Knowing that the world is becoming an increasingly smaller place, Preschool curriculum includes weekly exposure to Spanish culture and language. Basic vocabulary, numbers, songs, and stories are presented. This early exposure to foreign language and culture provides a stepping stone to successful foreign language study in Lower School.

The foundation of Rivermont's Preschool is our philosophy of providing a nurturing and supportive environment in which to learn. Our small class sizes enable faculty to really get to know their students. We understand that 3 year olds are young, may exhibit separation anxiety, and may have a wide variety of developmental needs. Our Tugs and Hugs curriculum greatly helps Preschool faculty guide the social and emotional growth of each student. Puppets and books with relatable characters present a variety of issues (getting along, making friends, being kind, dealing with anger, feeling scared) in a simple way for young students to understand.

Rivermont Preschool is a wonderful, caring environment for a child’s first exposure to school. Our primary goal is that every student leaves the classroom daily knowing that learning is fun! 

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