JOYFUL LEARNING

The students may be small, but big things happen in Greenhill Preschool. These young minds experience education for the first time and learn what it's like to love school.
 
Greenhill provides the optimal learning environment for our youngest students as they begin to define themselves as thinkers and learners in a school setting. The curriculum and learning spaces are carefully designed to foster creativity, start to build independence, and provide the foundation for life-long learning.
 
In the Preschool classrooms, we approach learning in an integrated manner, bringing science, math, language arts, and visual and performing arts to bear as we cultivate the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind required to thrive in today’s world. Every aspect of the Preschool curriculum reflects our vision of our students as engaged, thoughtful, empathic, and curious learners.
 

PLAY IS WORK

Our Preschoolers love to explore and play in spaces that are carefully designed to support their cognitive, social, and emotional growth. Reading nooks in each classroom, maker spaces for hands-on experiences with STEM, garage doors that open to the outdoors, indoor and outdoor play spaces, and a teaching kitchen are just a few of the ways that we tailor the learning environment to Preschoolers’ developmental needs.
 
In their play, children are exploring and experimenting with the physical and social worlds in which they live. As they work with materials in their play, and encounter the ideas of other children, questions arise, and new possibilities are imagined.
 
Highly trained early childhood teachers model oral language, literacy, math problems, and investigation throughout the day. Children are provided with many opportunities to represent their thinking, ideas, and questions through learning experiences that provide deep intellectual challenge. It is in Preschool that they build the foundation for the rest of their educational journey.
 

Project-Based Learning in Preschool

Preschool students engage in project-based learning: they work on a project over an extended period of time that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation. Throughout this process, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Project-based learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers. See for yourself in the examples listed below:
Kinder Clinic
After visiting a local doctor, Kinder students opened their own clinic, using writing skills to register visitors, math to count bones, and science to understand X-rays.
Post Office
PreK students created a post office, all the while learning about the role of the USPS (social studies), cost of stamps (math), and delivering mail on campus (science and engineering).
Rainforest
Kinder students turned their classroom into a rainforest (complete with trees, vines, and animals) and learned about preservation along the way!

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