The SAGA School offers Preschool (children 30 months - 5 years old) and Pre-K (children 4-5 years old) programs Monday - Friday from 9:15a.m. until 1:15 p.m. Families may build their preschool schedule on convenient days (2, 3, 4, or 5 days) based on space availability. (2 day preschool will not be available in the 2017-18 School Year.) Our experience has shown that children enrolled in at least 3 days a week have greater success with language acquisition. Pre-K students may choose either a 4 or 5 day schedule. All students attend Monday - Wednesday. Parents may choose either Thursday or Friday as the student's fourth day.
Preschool entry occurs in September. It is our admittance policy that all students are 30 months old on or before August 31st. Children turning 30 months after the beginning of the school year may enter on a space availability basis. The Pre-K program, while still a part of Preschool, is geared towards preparing students for Kindergarten. Children must be 4 years old by August 31st to enter the program.
In the SAGA School Preschool, pre-academic skills are taught through hands-on, real life experiences, with a focus on experimentation, play and self-correction. Scribbling, drawing, and invented spelling and letters are viewed as necessary steps towards literacy. Math and science concepts are acquired through games, observations of and interactions with nature, and classroom discussions.
Example of the Preschool daily schedule:
* Faustlos, Zahlenland, Entenland and music are offered on select days during the week.
SAGA's Pre-K program will follow a schedule similar to the preschool program. The curriculum will focus on fine-tuning various skills learned in Preschool in preparation for Kindergarten. Some examples are letter recognition, listening and talking within large groups, increasing self-sufficiency, improving fine and gross motor skills, and participating in the scientific method with the teacher's direction.
The multi-age classroom encourages a strong community where older children serve as models for their younger classmates. Younger children tend to develop independence more quickly because of the assistance of an older "buddy" in the group. Preschoolers often stretch themselves to imitate their older peers.
Older children, on the other hand, benefit by taking on the role of mentors and practicing leadership skills while boosting their self-esteem and confidence. Cognitive skills are equally improved through the opportunity to reinforce, consolidate, and expand upon knowledge shared with younger children.
Preschool and Pre-K Tuition 2017/18: