Our Preschool Programs

At Thunderbird, we have programs for children ages 2 through 5. 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 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

Super Tots With Parent is a unique program designed for the mother or 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 friends. 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. Children must be two years old by the summer prior to enrollment.

Super Tots Without Parent

The Super Tot Without Parent class is for the older 2 year old- those who have turned 2 between September and March 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.

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 alphabet, number, science, art, and music concepts.

Junior classes are offered with two and three half-day options: Mornings (8:50 – 11:20 AM) or Afternoons (12:40 – 3:10 PM).

Seniors (4 – 5 Year Olds)

The Senior program provides your child 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-days, mornings (8:50 – 11:20 AM) or afternoons (12:40 – 3:10 PM). A 2-day option is also offered in the afternoon.

Super 5’s (5+ Year Olds)

The Super 5’s class is designed for older 5-year-olds (those with Summer and Fall birthdays) who are ready for more experiences both socially and academically. It offers your child a balance of creative learning experiences, new units, and a kindergarten readiness program designed to stimulate and challenge the older preschooler.

The Super 5 class meets 5 afternoons a week (Monday – Friday), with an option for 4 afternoons (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday).

Our Curriculum

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:

Super Tots/Juniors

Senses

Pumpkins

Colors

Fall, Winter, Spring

Special Holidays

Pets

Trains

Robins

Farm Animals

I Am Special

Butterflies

Seniors/Super 5’s

Fire Safety

Seasonal Changes

Vegetables

Apples

Dental Health

Ocean Animals

Animals That Hatch

Plants

Dinosaurs

Insects

Alphabet/Jolly Phonics

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