Our Preschool Programs
At Thunderbird, we have programs for children ages 2 through 5, which run September through May. We lovingly call our 2 year old classes “Super Tots”, our 3 turning 4 year old classes “Juniors”, and our 4 turning 5 year old classes “Seniors”. We also have an option for 4 and 5 year olds called “Super 5’s”. Juniors, Seniors and Super 5’s must be potty-trained to attend.
Super Tots -Age 2 by September 1st
Super Tots provides toddlers a gentle introduction to preschool and social experiences with an abbreviated schedule and low child to teacher ratio. Children are given extra loving support and encouragement as they begin to gain independence, exploring the wonderful world of art, movement, music, and play. Children registering for Super Tots do not need to be potty-trained.
Super Tots is offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9:00-11:15.
Juniors- Age 3 by September 1st
For most of our Juniors, Thunderbird is one of their first group experiences without a parent to guide them. Therefore, your child’s social and emotional growth is the primary goal of our Junior program. Children begin to master self-help skills and learn to cooperate in a group. At the same time, they are exposed to a curriculum and hands-on activities that include literacy, math, science, art, and music.
Junior classes are offered with two and three half-day options: Mornings 8:30-11:15 or Afternoons 12:30-3:15.
Seniors- Age 4 by September 1st
The Senior program provides children with continued opportunities to grow socially, while helping them prepare for kindergarten. This includes a greater emphasis on fine motor skills (writing and cutting), letters and sounds, math concepts, and more. As with all of our classes, our teachers work to make the learning process fun and interactive for your child.
Senior classes are offered 3 half-day mornings 8:30-11:15 or afternoons 12:30-3:15. A 2-day option is also offered in the afternoon.
Super 5’s- Age 4 or 5 by September 1st
The Super 5’s program is designed for the 4 or 5 year old who is ready for more experiences both socially and academically. It offers your child a balance of creative learning experiences and a kindergarten readiness program that is designed to stimulate and challenge your preschooler in literacy, math and science, as well as an introduction to Spanish.
The Super 5 class meets 5 afternoons a week. 12:30-3:15.
Our teachers have designed our curriculum to encourage your child’s natural curiosity about the world around them. We explore a range of subjects in each of our classes. This includes learning activities in Language, Science, Math, Art, Music and Movement.
Some of our units of study have been:
I Am Special
Animals That Hatch
A Day At ThunderbirdThunderbird Preschool provides half-day preschool classes for children age 2 through 5. To see what a day at our preschool looks like, read the information below or give us a call to schedule a tour today!
Creative Learning TimeAll of our programs place an emphasis on hands-on learning, which allows children to explore their learning environment on their own terms. During creative learning time your child can:
Our teachers are dedicated to nurturing your child and helping them develop a lifelong love of learning. Our creative learning time will help them gain experience in:
Group TimeGroup time is our chance to have all members of the class come together to: • Explore a specific unit of study and share ideas • Sing songs and move to music • Listen to and enjoy one of the great stories in young children’s literature
Outside TimeDuring outside time, your child can stretch and challenge their growing muscles and bodies by swinging, running, climbing, and jumping. On the days we can’t go outside, we have indoor gross motor activities planned.
SnacksFor snack time, parents share in providing nutritional snacks for the class. When it is your child’s turn to bring snacks, we will send a letter home.
Class SchedulesOur school term begins around Labor Day and continues through the end of May. We offer 2, 3, and 5 half-day sessions…mornings and afternoons.
Class Hours:Juniors, Seniors, Super 5’s: 8:30 to 11:15 AM or 12:30 to 3:15 PM Super Tots: 9:00 to 11:15 AM
School/Parent PartnershipAt Thunderbird we recognize that your child will be best served when we partner with you. Thunderbird families have many opportunities to be involved with their child’s education.
Open CommunicationEffective communication is essential for building school-family partnerships. Parents are always welcome to talk with their child’s teacher or the Director at any time. Through daily reports, monthly newsletters, our website, and other special notes, we will keep you informed of the curriculum and activities that your child is doing in the classroom. Our valet system of arrival and dismissal also allows teachers to provide you with a snapshot of their day.
Classroom VisitsAfter the children have had six weeks of school to get acquainted with each other and the general routine, parents are encouraged to visit. You are welcome to come and spend a morning or afternoon in your child’s classroom, either joining your child at play or helping the teachers while you observe. We hope every parent will visit their child’s class at least once during the school year and we know many of you will want to visit more often.
Field Trips and Special EventsEach Junior, Senior and Super 5 class takes four educational field trips during the school year. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend many of the field trips to share in their child’s educational experience. Other events during the school year further connect parents, the staff and other families. These include: the August Parent Meeting, the September Ice Cream Social, Holiday parties, Mom’s Day and Dad’s Day, and the End-of-the-Year Picnic.
Fall Progress Reports and ConferencesIn November, progress reports are sent home to let parents know how their child is adjusting to school. In February, mid-year conferences are held with each family.
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