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Sand Hills Pre School Of Community Presbyterian Church

57 Sand Hills Road
Kendall Park, NJ 08824

(732) 940-1515


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Sand Hills Preschool teaches with the understanding of developmental levels, approaching the children where they are, not where we want them to be. Using a thematic curriculum, our goal is to create a learning environment that is - challenging - promotes a joy of learning - encourages a sense of belonging - increases curiosity and imagination - promotes positive self-esteem - increases language development - enhances fine & gross motor development - provides spiritual development

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Sand Hills Preschool goal is to provide a quality preschool program with strong emphasis on the child's social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development. Children learn in many ways, in both structural activities and through play. Our objective, through loving and nurturing, is to help each child gain confidence in his/her own ability to cope in an expanding world, and learn how to build positive relationships with other children and adults.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

9:00 - 9:45 Free Play/Center time
9:45-9:55 Clean Up
9:55 - 10:15 Circle/Job Time
10:15 - 10:30 - Small Group/Bathroom Time
10:30 - 10:45 - Snack Time
10:45 - 11:15 - Outside Play
11:15 - 11:30 - Story time/Music

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide two visit days to prepare the children and parents for the first day of school. Our first visit day is in May. The parent and child come and spend some time in the child's classroom, getting acquainted with the teaching staff and other families. The second visit day is right before the first day of school. The parent and child come together for a mini-preschool day. the parents leave for the last 20 minutes to receive some orientation information while the children remain in their classrooms. This provides a mini-separation experience for the children and the parents.