Private PreK & Preschool at Foundations
Explore Our Kennesaw Private PreK and Preschool
Children at this age entering a private preschool or pre k, have the innate desire to seek out knowledge and answers to the endless questions their natural curiosity constantly presents. Our goal is to provide children with an environment that stimulates their interests, and with teachers who use these interests to engage the children in every aspect of learning.
Curriculum planning for our early childhood preschool focuses on action. Plans are tentative, and children modify them with their input and responses. To carry out this approach, teachers engage in an ongoing process of planning, analyzing, observing and evaluating the children’s activities, ideas, needs and interests.
Foundations School carries the NAEYC accreditation and observes very low teacher to child ratios in preschool & prek (1:7). Most preschool day care centers do not invest in enough teachers nor the education needed for their teachers to be qualified to design an evolving curriculum around children’s interests.
Foundations School uses The Creative Curriculum®, a basis for teaching and learning designed to support infants and pre-school children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. This provides a practical, developmentally appropriate approach to setting and achieving those goals while students pursue their individual areas of interest.
In each classroom teachers use student interests to develop individualized project work that addresses learning in eight core curriculum areas:
• Science & Technology
• Social Studies
Achieving each child’s developmental objectives encourages problem solving, creativity, teamwork and leadership. Success in these areas builds a strong foundation for the elementary school curriculum. Please come and visit Foundations today!
The goal of Foundations Transitional Kindergarten program is to allow PreK students to engage in higher-level thinking and real-world projects as soon as they are ready to do so.
At the beginning of the school year teachers begin to introduce a more structured academic component to their classroom routine. Based upon our rising students’ capabilities our teachers have moved toward using the Georgia Performance Standards for Kindergarten because most of our students are exceeding Georgia Pre-K standards within the first few months of the Pre-K school year.
Benefits of the Transitional Kindergarten Program
- Higher-Level Thinking: The children engage in inquiry-based, higher-level thinking and are well prepared for kindergarten due to this type of curriculum.
- Enrichment Program: Transitional Kindergarten students receive extra enrichment (this is in addition to the literacy and math skill times the children receive each day). In small groups, students in the enrichment program receive specialized reading and math tutoring from a trained educator.
- STEM: Students engage in real-world projects involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- Interdisciplinary Learning: Students learn academic content through engagement in long-term and short-term interdisciplinary project work. This allows students to learn important concepts in more meaningful ways.
Our teachers assess each child’s skill levels at the beginning of the year and then plan fun and developmentally appropriate small-group lessons in math, writing, and reading on a daily basis. Many of our students are well beyond the kindergarten level in reading and math skills when they leave our Transitional Kindergarten program at the end of the school year. As students continue through the Foundations School elementary their ability to advance beyond the norm is continually supported by allowing them to move between small groups. Students are constantly surrounded by other students and materials according to their mastery level. Keeping students engaged in the curriculum is key to developing and maintaining the motivation to be a continual learner.
Pre-K Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Before and After school programs available as well.
Daily Sample Schedule
6:30 am – 7:45 am Breakfast
7:45 am – 8:30 am Centers
8:30 am – 8:45 am Morning Meeting
8:45 am – 9:30 am Skill 1 (Literacy- Reading/Writing)
9:30 am – 10:15 am Skill 2 (Math)
10:15 am – 11:00 am Discovery Park Outdoor Exploration
11:00 am – 11:30 am Lunch
11:30 am – 1:45 pm Nap Time
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Quiet Activity
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Centers
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Snack
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Additional ASP Skill time and Outside
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Gym Centers
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Snack
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Open Exploration