Saratoga Independent School

Welcome to Pre-K at Saratoga Independent School: Hands on, thematic, multiage learning. 

At Saratoga Independent School, our multiage Pre-K program is a warm, happy, and nurturing environment for 3 - 5 year olds, in which children are actively engaged in play and other learning activities. Our students are part of a community in which children and adults interact with respect, positive support, trust, and responsiveness.

Our Pre-K activities promote all aspects of a child’s development: intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. Because children learn best through direct experiences, we fill our days with opportunities for students to explore, create, question, and interact with the world around them in a natural manner.

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

SIS Pre-K Highlights

  • Award-winning Pre-K program

  • Half or full day options

  • Small class sizes (student-teacher ratio 6:1)

  • Two teachers per class

  • Hands-on, thematic learning

  • Spanish and music classes weekly

  • Welcoming 3, 4, and 5 year olds

  • Before and after care programs daily 

  • Secure, monitored campus

  • 60-acre campus for play, hiking, and outdoor learning

  • Summer camp programs

 

A Typical Day in our Pre-K Program:

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.

Centers and free play 

Children are free to explore games, activities, and toys in the room. During this time, children are encouraged to engage with teachers in hands-on academic activities and art projects related to the monthly theme. 

Through several seasonal celebrations and observations, children develop a sense of rhythm, security and wonder.

Specials

Students participate in music class with our school music teacher once per week. Movement and listening are key to their learning in music class. They learn new songs, practice rhythm and patterns, and use instruments including drums, blocks, and bells. Students also participate in Spanish class with the school’s Spanish teacher once per week. They play games, sing songs, and participate in activities to practice vocabulary and conversation skills. 

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.

Circle Time

Children and teachers begin with a greeting using each other’s names and a friendly handshake. Together, teachers and students sing songs, complete the daily calendar activities, read stories, and learn information related to the monthly theme. 

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.

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.

Outdoor Play

Children are encouraged to spend time outside each day – rain, shine, or snow! Children enjoy the 60-acre wooded campus, playground equipment and structures, and nature trails. Outdoor play is a wonderful time for children to develop gross motor and social skills. Often, the classroom is brought outside, as the children learn and engage in theme-based activities in our natural surroundings. 


 
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.

Cultivating Curiosity, Character, and Confidence 

Curiosity

Children are naturally curious - they want to explore and learn about the world around them.  In our Pre-K program we offer a variety of activities that will stimulate and inspire each child’s curiosity. Our day is full of hands-on activities and opportunities for students to engage with art, science, building activities, and imaginative play. Children are offered opportunities to create art with a variety of mediums, learn math and science skills through cooking and science projects, and explore their natural surroundings on hikes through our nature trails. Our Pre-K program is devoted to cultivating curiosity in our students by encouraging children to build, create, experiment, question, play, and discover. 

Character

Developing character in children begins in early childhood. In our Pre-K program, we help children develop strong character by offering an environment that encourages respect, generosity, compassion, and kindness. Teachers model these characteristics in the classroom using stories, games, role-playing activities, and interactions with students and adults. Teachers help guide children in discussions about emotions and help them develop communication and problem-solving skills. By understanding their own emotions, children become more aware of how others feel, which naturally leads to a sense of empathy and honesty. At SIS, children develop strong character in an environment that follows the school motto: “We take care of ourselves, each other, our school, and our community.”


Confidence

A confident child in Pre-K is a student who is willing to try new things and who will try to work through challenges both in the classroom and on the playground.  Our role as Pre-K teachers is to help students recognize and reflect on their individual accomplishments and strengths, as well as set personal goals and work through disappointments.  The student-teacher ratio at Saratoga Independent School presents the opportunity to engage with students in a variety of settings, which allows adults to observe students and facilitate activities that will instill confidence. Children are encouraged to try new things and take risks during crafts, games, music, and playtime. We strive to create a welcoming environment where children feel open and safe to share their ideas and opinions, where the voice of each child is heard, and where the individuality of each child is celebrated. 


 

Open House and Admission Information:

Open House Dates: 

  • Wednesday January 23 at 10am

  • Saturday March 2 at 10am

The best way to get to know our Pre-K program is to come for a visit! Contact us for a personal tour: 518.583.0841, info@siskids.org 

Admission:

SIS has a rolling admission program. Because our Pre-K classes fill quickly, we encourage families to submit an application in January. We invite you to call Colleen Fortune (518.583.0841) for more information. 

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