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Pennside Presbyterian Church

253 North 25th Street
Reading, PA 19606

(610) 779-2929


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" Pennside Weekday Preschool, a preschool for children of all denominations in our community, seeks:

* To provide an enriching transition between home and full time school, by building self esteem, and developing a positive attitude toward learning in each child.
* To promote social interaction by building relationships with others, developing self-control, independence and a sensitivity to the world around us.
* To offer spiritual development for the children of God, teaching children they are created, loved and cared for by God.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Circle Time: Songs, finger plays, and stories are examples of activities during this time. Children are encouraged to express their ideas to help develop language skills.

Play Room: Each day includes time in the large play room where children can ride the bikes, climb the jungle gym, and enjoy open playtime. This helps develop large motor skills.

Free Play: Children can choose to paint, make crafts, play with puzzles, build with blocks, etc. Through play, children learn to express themselves and develop problem-solving skills. These types of activities help develop hand-eye coordination. Social skills are developed as children learn to work with one another.

Weekly Music: Once a week, a music specialist works with each class. The children will learn simple songs, play with rhythm instruments and begin to appreciate music as an art form.

Special Story Time: Several times throughout the year, individuals will share their special story telling skills with the children.

Artist in Residence: Throughout the school year, an Art Goes to School volunteer brings her talents and love of art to the children. The children view works of art and create their own masterpieces.

Snack Time: Small bodies need frequent nourishment. During snack time, children work on manners and other social skills.

Filmstrip/Video Time: Age appropriate materials are carefully selected to complement classroom themes and learning objectives. Some contain Bible stories and all are designed to reinforce family values.

Group Time: This time is devoted to activites related to a special theme. Teachers plan activities based on the theme of the week. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website