Thank you for your interest in Rising Star Academy! We are the area's only performing arts based preschool.
At Rising Star Academy, we believe children will increase their self-esteem and flourish, both developmentally and physically, in a preschool setting where they will have the chance to not only be prepared for kindergarten but also cultivate a love of the arts that will last a lifetime.
We hope you find the information on this page helpful, but please call us with any questions or to schedule an admissions meeting.
Preschool Program Schedule | 2014/2015 Session/Monthly Themes
4 Things Parents Should Look for in a Preschool
|9:30 - 9:45||Drop off/Welcome/Exploration|
|9:45 - 10:15||Cleanup/ Group/Circle Time (songs, calendar, discussion, etc)|
|10:15 - 10:45||Teacher directed activity & Art|
| ||(alternate dance/movement & music every week)|
|10:45 - 11:00||Washing of hands & Snack|
|11:00 - 11:15||"Busy" time; writing & cutting practice|
|11:15 - 11:25||Songs & Story time |
|11:25 - 11:30||Stretch & Yoga pose for the day; Goodbye song|
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(Body, 5 Senses, Favorites, etc)
(Puppet Play, Becoming Characters etc)
(Pumpkins, Fall, Halloween)
(Turkeys, Being Thankful, Pilgrims & Native Americans)
(Snow, Snowmen, Penguins, Holidays)
(Farm, Zoo, Sea & Dinosaurs)
(Painting, Coloring, Drawing/Tracing, Different Art Mediums)
(Cars, Trucks, Boat, Airplane, Construction Vehicles, Train)
(Kites, Rainbows, Butterflies, Planting, Bug)
(Fire Truck Visit, Dr, Mail Carriers, Police)
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Here are 4 main things parents should consider before choosing a preschool.
1. What Is The Class Size?
Children are all very different in their abilities socially, academically and even physically. This is why you should look for a preschool with a small class size. The class size should be small to ensure your child has many chances for individual attention throughout the day. Some schools focus on a student to teacher ratio, meaning there could be 18 or more children in a single classroom. This means if one child is struggling, one teacher will be helping them while the other teacher is left with the 17 other children. It is best to have a small class size with one teacher who can easily spread out her focus on her individual students.
We believe our small class size of 15 children is very manageable for our skilled teachers to keep a fun learning atmosphere where every child gets plenty of attention and care.
2. What Is The School Focus?
Some preschools spend all their time on the ABC's, while other preschools use the free-learning approach where the child chooses what to do all day. Knowing what is best for your child can seem confusing.
A 1991 study showed that students in schools with an arts focused curriculum reported significantly more positive perceptions about their academic abilities. UC Irvine reported that preschoolers showed a 46% boost in their spatial reasoning IQ after only eight months of music classes.
Our school uses the performing arts, to enhance and increase academic learning and social skills. We use fun movement lessons, role playing, singing and instruments for activities in listening, sorting, graphing, orchestra play and more. Our wonderful performing arts activities teach good social interactions and increase coordination as well as right hand and left hand recognition.
3. How Will I Know What My Child Is Learning?
Preschoolers are at an age when they cannot always remember, or may not be able to express clearly what they did during a day of school. It can be frustrating for a parent to ask “What did you learn about today?” and their child only be able to tell what they had for a snack.
We have had many years experience teaching children and working with parents and we understand the importance of good communication between teacher, school and parent. We have various mediums a parent can use to get the information they are looking for:
- Front desk always available to assist you
- Parent teacher conference times
- Informative bulletin boards and website
- Yearly calendar as well as a monthly calendar will be given to you
- Three designated parent days each year
- Individual assessment forms so you can see your child's progress at any time
- Observation windows for parents
4. Does It Feel Like A Good Fit For Your Child?
Not one school can be the best fit for every child. Visit the preschools in your area and use your “Mommy or Daddy Instinct” as a guide. Be sure to bring your questions to make sure you feel comfortable with the philosophy of the school, the balance of academic and free-play learning and is there a friendly, caring staff.
Always ask yourself… “will my child be happy here?”
We invite you to visit our preschool, we would love the opportunity to show you our unique program!
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