Pre-Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Program

Giving our children both roots and wings

Our Pre-K and T-K programs are designed to meet the growing needs of children preparing for Kindergarten. We teach children to embrace and extend their learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers create a classroom environment that is supportive of each child’s learning needs and sets them on the path to success in school and beyond.

The Classroom Environment

  • Calming, neutral color palette and open-ended play materials inspired by natural objects
  • Spacious classrooms with defined areas for quiet alone time and active social play
  • 1:10 teacher-to-child ratio for individualized learning experiences
  • CPR- and First Aid-certified staff
  • Professional cleaning daily
Transitional Kindergarten children at our child care center

PLAN for Pre-K and T-K

Plan™ is Georgetown Hill’s proprietary curriculum. Learn More about PLAN Here.

What does the PLAN curriculum look like in Pre-K and T-K?

Pre-Kindergarten children playing with toys at our preschool
  • Play:
    • Creating learning opportunities through play in centers designed for block building and floor play, dramatic play and make-believe, art exploration, puzzles and manipulatives, book reading, and science activities
    • Enjoying outdoor play: running, jumping, climbing, sliding, balancing, and trike-riding
  • Learning:
    • Introducing a variety of literary texts (storybooks, poems, non-fiction texts, etc.)
    • Understanding the organization and basic features of print
    • Understanding spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)
    • Utilizing the scientific method to answer questions
    • Expanding math understanding through oral counting and writing numbers, measurement using classroom materials, constructing solid shapes, and exploring number operations.
    • Enhancing fine motor skills for drawing shapes and pre-handwriting strokes through hands-on Owl Writes activities
    • Investigating new interests through monthly thematic units including From Farm to Table, Country Studies, The Universe, and Animal Life Cycles
  • Arts:
    • Expressing creativity through process-oriented art
    • Studying well-known artists and emulating various artistic techniques
    • Providing daily music and dance experiences and weekly sessions with Georgetown Hill’s music specialist
  • Nurturing:
    • Seeking new and varied experiences and challenges
    • Taking responsibility for self-care and problem-solving
    • Communicating emotions and thoughts verbally
    • Playing cooperatively with peers and forming friendships
Pre-Kindergarten class at our daycare center

Pre-K Daily Schedule

Pre Kindergarten Children writing at our preschool

The typical Pre-K day includes:

  • Engaging arrival/transition activities
  • Family-style snack time (morning and afternoon)
  • Circle Time (songs, stories, movement)
  • Thematic learning center activities
  • Specials (Physical Education, Music, and Spanish)
  • Outdoor play (morning and afternoon)
  • Family-style lunch
  • Nap time
  • Self-selected activities
  • *Monthly field trips

OWL for Pre-K/T-K

OWL is Georgetown Hill’s custom-designed wellness program. OWL is implemented at staff, child, and family levels throughout Georgetown Hill.

  • Outdoor experiences, weather permitting
  • Daily movement and fitness activities and weekly sessions with Georgetown Hill’s P.E. specialist
  • Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation
  • Nutritious snacks
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Communication with Families

counting exercise with teacher

In addition to ongoing face to face meetings at pick-up and drop-off times, we also communicate with families through the use of a digital communication app called KidReports. Throughout the day, teachers send pictures of our Pre-K/T-K engaging in PLAN experiences and socializing with their peers. At the end of the day, families also receive a daily electronic report which includes:

  • Classroom activities (with photos and/or videos)
  • Art projects
  • Music and movement activities
  • Snacks/meals
  • Potty use (if requested)
  • Nap time notes (if applicable)

Families can also use KidReports to update teachers on any special considerations for the day.

Assessments of children’s progress towards developmental goals are done three times each year. Parents/family members are invited and encouraged to attend conferences with the teachers at least twice each year to set goals for each child and discuss growth and development over the course of the program year.

Pre-K and Transitional-K program offered at the following locations