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Trinity Nursery & Kindergarten

966 Trinity Lane
King Of Prussia, PA 19406

Phone:
(610) 825-2707

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Children are presented with themes through literature. Activities then follow which Integrate learning through related art projects, games and music, math concepts that include counting, sorting and categorizing, grouping objects, geometry, size differentiation, and color identification among others. Kindergarteners begin reading and math programs in the morning and follow a thematic approach in the afternoon. As an academically licensed school, teachers utilize the Pennsylvania Learning Standards as a guide.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Weekly Scholastic newspaper, workbook pages for older children, llustration by children and teachers through clay, painting and labeling of rooms, projects, toys, computer activities
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Projects that amplify learning, individual and group games, writing activities
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Trinity hosts chick hatching, butterfly and ladybug hatches, Zoo on Wheels, farm visits and animals that come to the school.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • The children perform for family members at least three times a year demonstrating what they've learned in social events planned for families.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • The children explore many art mediums in their classes as well as in our Big Room play.
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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 dramatic presentations in morning and afternoon classes, literature based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teaching staff at Trinity are able,with their small classes, to give a lot of individual attention to children who need assistance, extra practice with a skill set, or who need extra activities to encourage inquiring minds who are jumping ahead of their age group. We offer a very stimulating all-school calendar and yet each class is free to invite visitors and family members who add to the curriculum and explore unusual projects that fit with their classroom goals. Our curriculum offers a varied approach with materials and teaching styles guaranteed to meet the needs of every individual child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our small classes support each child's social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth. Teachers at each age level provide appropriate activities that encourage children to think, use all their senses, explore new concepts and improve physical and intellectual skills including vocabulary, reading readiness, math and science themes. Children come to make friends with several age groups, are given a wide variety of materials and foods to explore and our Enrichment activities bring in science, puppetry and musicians to teach in assembly programs. Parents are an integral part of -

A Typical Day

9:00 - 9:20 Arrival, free play
9:20 - 9:45 Circle time, project
10:00- 10:30 Gym or Music
10:30- 10:45 Snack
10:45- 11:15 Playground
11:15- 11:30 Story, dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Trinity Nursery and Kindergarten provides age-related goals to each parent who visits Trinity. These goals are reviewed by Staff members annually. We issue mid-year reports in February and have a time set aside for each teacher to meet privately with all parents in a conference setting. We issue a final assessment report in May which includes a written essay summarizing the childâ¿¿s year. Parents are welcome to schedule a conference at any time.
Trinity has both an informal Open House for children and families in the beginning of the year and a formal Open House for parents several weeks after school begins.
Teachers send letters home regularly, summarizing classroom themes and experiences, suggestions for home activities, and calendar notices.
Trinity has a parent organization and volunteer Homeroom Parents that assist with in-school enrichment activities as well as individual class activities.
We provide liaison with the Montgomery Intermediate Unit for children needing some outside evaluation. Children who need speech, physical or occupational therapy are able to be served in-school in separate rooms.
A monthly newsletter goes home to all families as well as individual notices of upcoming events. Our website provides general information for all inquiring about the school.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We provide high-interest, very simple activities in the beginning along with early snack times. We provide extra free play time to allow the children to acclimate to their new schedules. The music teacher provides instruments the first few weeks to give children something immediate to handle. Extra staff members are available to help hold children and encourage them to play. We work with the parents by calling home to reassure them if needed. We greet each parent daily to discuss how the day went.