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 and 4 year old classes “Juniors”, and our 4 and 5 year old classes “Seniors”. We also have an option for older 4 and 5 year olds called “Super 5’s”. Juniors, Seniors and Super 5’s must be potty-trained to attend.
Super Tots (2 – 3 Year Olds)
Our Super Tots classes are offered either with a parent/caregiver or independently. Through this class, your child will gain experience in creative activities, make new friends, and grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.
Super Tots With Parent (2 Year Olds)
Super Tots With Parent is a unique program designed for the mother, father, or other loving adult who would like to share in their toddler’s first school experience. Parents participate with their child exploring the wonderful world of art, movement, music, and play. For many parents, the best part is the opportunity to spend special one-on-one time with just their toddler, enjoying creative activities and making new friends.
The Super Tots with Parent program is offered on Tuesday or Thursday am from 8:30 – 10:00. Beginning in Fall 2021, Super Tots with Parent will be offered on Saturday am from 8:30 – 10:30. Children must be two years old by the summer prior to enrollment.
Super Tots Without Parent (2 1/2 Year Olds)
The Super Tot Without Parent class is for the older 2 year old- those who have turned 2 between September and February prior to enrollment. Children in this Super Tots class will independently enjoy art, movement, music, and social experiences. Our low child-to-teacher ratio ensures your little one will receive loving support and encouragement.
The Super Tots Without Parent program is offered Tuesday and Thursday am from 10:20-11:50 or Tuesday and Thursday pm from 12:40-2:10. Beginning in Fall 2021, Super Tots Without Parent will be offered Tuesday and Thursday am from 8:30 – 10:45.
Juniors (3 – 4 Year Olds)
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 (8:50 – 11:20 AM) or Afternoons (12:40 – 3:10 PM). Beginning in Fall 2021, mornings will run 8:30 -11:15 and afternoons will run 12:30 – 3:15.
Seniors (4 – 5 Year Olds)
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 (8:50 – 11:20 AM) or afternoons (12:40 – 3:10 PM). A 2-day option is also offered in the afternoon. Beginning in Fall 2021, mornings will run 8:30 – 11:15 and afternoons will run 12:30 -3:15.
Super 5’s (4 – 5 Year Olds)
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. (12:40 – 3:10 PM) Beginning in Fall 2021, afternoons will run 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
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