Jumper Bean Preschool

Jumper Bean Preschool is a New York State licensed program by the Office of Child and Family Services located at 441 Geyser Road in Ballston Spa.  Jumper Bean offers full time and part time care for preschoolers and we are open year round!  We incorporate organic fruits, veggies, dairy, and meats into our meals, play outside daily and build relationships with friends.

 
Forest Kindergarteners participate in circle time, cultivating an intimacy with language and improving their balance and fine and gross motor development.

Designed for children ages 3-5, Jumper Bean Preschool puts an emphasis on hands on learning.  Our program focuses all lessons on the four major areas of development; social/emotional, language/literacy, physical (fine and gross motor) and cognitive. Weekly themes are incorporated into all areas of the classrooms to extend learning throughout the day. Teachers work with each child based on their abilities to meet their individual goals. 

Exploring the world with their sense and bodies allows young children to develop much more than strength and balance. Countless  studies  have shown the importance of outdoor play to children’s mental, intellectual and emotional development as well as physical.
 

A typical day at Jumper Bean Preschool for our students consists of a play based learning environment rich in both indoor and outdoor experiences. Children are encouraged from the moment they walk through the door to explore the classroom learning centers and expand their knowledge through weekly themes that are carried throughout all areas of the classroom environment.

We come together for a morning circle time to sing songs and welcome everyone to start our day. We enjoy  healthy organic meals together and children are encouraged to pass the food and serve themselves learning new skills and building friendships through conversation. We provide many learning centers throughout the classroom environment that foster learning and promote development. Children are encouraged to explore each learning center throughout classroom and move freely from area to the next. Each learning center will have new items based on weekly themes and will promote various skills and concepts. Teachers will work closely with children in all areas of the classroom to help introduce new concepts and encourage children through positive praise.

We extend our learning environment outside through daily outside experiences. Children are encouraged to be active through play. We offer many opportunities throughout the day for music and movement both in large group activities and small group activities as well as during transitions throughout the day. We spend time throughout the day reading books in our classroom library. Children are encouraged throughout the day to be creative and to ask questions to further their knowledge. 

The multi-aged kindergarten classes include lunch, which the children help to prepare, instilling a sense of contribution to the community and self-sufficiency and competency, as well as developing motor skills and concentration.

Our unique small setting of only 23 children allows teachers to give the one on one attention and quality care to your child.  Our program  serves organic breakfast, snacks, and lunches.  We have a focus on learning but also plenty of outdoor time and learning about the environment.  With only five teachers your child will form quality attachments with caregivers.

Through several seasonal celebrations and observations, children develop a sense of rhythm, security and wonder.
Exploring the world with their sense and bodies allows young children to develop much more than strength and balance. Countless studies have shown the importance of outdoor play to children’s mental, intellectual and emotional development as well as physical.

Outdoor time is a must and we never cut our outside play time.  Children go out in the morning and again in the afternoon.  Children can run in the spacious  grass yard, tend to garden beds in the Spring or play on the large wooden castle playground.  

Preschool and kindergarten classes at the Forest Kindergarten campus spend most of the day outside year-round. Always changing, nature provides new problems to solve and situations to explore depending on the season and weather.
 
Children can run in the spacious grass yard, tend to garden beds in the Spring or play on the large wooden castle playground.

Children can run in the spacious grass yard, tend to garden beds in the Spring or play on the large wooden castle playground.

 
Each kindergartener has the opportunity to proudly hand-make a special toy, providing them with an opportunity to develop fine motor skills, see a project through to completion, feel the satisfaction of creating something beautiful from scratch, and more. These sailboats were crafted by the oldest kindergarten children at the Early Childhood Center last year.
Children are given ample opportunity to play on their own and with their peers at both the Early Childhood Center and Forest Kindergarten campuses. Unstructured free play strengthens imagination, social skills, problem-solving, executive functions and more.
Every Waldorf Early Childhood teacher is Waldorf-trained in the development of young children and strives to put the sanctity of childhood before all else.
Each kindergartener has the opportunity to proudly hand-make a special toy, providing them with an opportunity to develop fine motor skills, see a project through to completion, feel the satisfaction of creating something beautiful from scratch, and more. These “babies” were lovingly crafted by Miss Susan’s younger kindergarteners last year.
 

Tour and Enrollment Information:

Enrollment is now open, and tours of the facility can be scheduled at anytime by calling Ashley at 518.256.2450 or emailing info@jumperbean.com

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