Our preschool program is an integral part of the school at Canyon Heights. All core areas of our curriculum begin in preschool and subsequent grades will build upon the foundation laid during a child's time in our preschool program. Students are divided into multiple classrooms with a maximum of a 12:1 student-teacher ratio. All preschool faculty are early childhood certified and have participated in full training in Montessori teaching techniques. In addition, several of our preschool faculty have advanced degrees in early childhood education.

Daily Schedule

8:15-8:30 Arrival

8:30-9:00 Playground Play (weather permitting)

9:00-9:30 Academic Circle

9:30-11:00 Work Time (Use of Centers)

11:00-11:30 Recess

11:30-12:00 Music/Movement Circle

12:00-12:45 Lunch/Recess

12:45-1:45 Rest/Nap

1:45-3:00 Work Time

3:00-3:15 Circle time

Extended Care

Before School Care is available from 7:30am and After School Care is available until 6:00pm. Detailed information and arrangements for enrollment can be obtained in the office.

Lunch

Students may bring their own lunch, or take advantage of Choice Lunch, our daily hot lunch provider.

Snacks

Children are served two snacks a day, in the morning and again in the afternoon, right after nap. We serve a variety of foods, such as fruit, breads, cheese, fruit juices, milk, etc.

Toilet Training

All children must be toilet trained by the time they begin school. This means they must be able to determine when they need to go to the bathroom and be able to express that need to a teacher. They should also be able to manage their clothing and toileting needs. The teachers are happy to help with difficult zippers, snaps, etc.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday celebration is a time of quiet appreciation for each year the child has spent on the planet. The child has a chance to walk around a candle (representing the sun) while holding a globe in his/her hands. A brief outline of what he/she did for each year of his/her life will allow the teacher to describe the child’s life as he/she walks. Parents are encouraged and welcome to participate in the celebration. If a family chooses, a book may be donated to the school in the child’s name. For those children who have summer birthdays, celebrations will be held toward the end of the school year.

Child of the Week

We celebrate each child as our “Child of the Week” for one whole week during the year. During this week, your child may bring his/her favorite family photos glued on a poster board which will be displayed on our class bulletin board. During circle time that week, we will sing a special song to that child and give him/her time to tell us about the pictures. At the end of the week, we will spend a circle time getting to know your child’s favorite things (i.e. pets, toys, jobs, movies, etc.).

Parent Participation

Parent involvement is highly valued, reaffirming the conviction that parents are the first and most important educators of their children. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s school life at CHA in many different ways. These range from school-wide activities and events assisted by the Events Committee, coming to the classroom and doing a project (art, science, food, etc.), reading a book, and enriching our curriculum throughout the year.

Discipline

The purpose of discipline is to promote the virtues we talk about in the classroom and to ensure the safety of the children by promoting positive interactions and helping the children to develop their self-control, empathy and cooperation. By providing an appropriate environment with a high level of positive reinforcement, we encourage age appropriate behavior. Logical consequences, keeping in mind the child’s age, personality, circumstances, and level of understanding, will be used to fit individual situations which require discipline.