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‘Week of the Young Child’: Spotlight on Presbyterian Preschool

(Editor’s note: In partnership with the Tyrone Area School District, articles on area preschools will be featured every day this week in celebration of “The Week of the Young Child”.)
The Presbyterian Preschool will enter its 39th year serving the families of the Tyrone area. This preschool’s philosophy is for children to meet, play, grow, and work in a cooperative manner with other children and adults in a nurturing and stable environment. Age-appropriate programs and an experienced staff provide opportunities for children to achieve self confidence, independence, and problem solving.
Each day includes free play, circle and story time, snack, art, music, and writing and reading. Kindergarten readiness skills are integrated into the daily activities to provide a foundation for future academic success. While presenting learning as fun, the children develop reading and writing skills, letter and number recognition, as well as phonemic awareness.
The preschool wants children to develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them and their special place in it, while realizing school can be a happy and rewarding experience. The program strives to help them grow emotionally, share happily, and to recognize that negative emotions are normal and to learn acceptable ways of coping with them.
The staff attends monthly Pre-K Counts Partnership workshops where area pre-schools are instructed in teaching strategies and resources.
During busy days, parents are reminded to take the time to enjoy your child by reading a book, playing a game, or just talking to your child about everyday events. Be patient and encourage them to try and do things for themselves. Above all accept your child for who they are by showing a genuine interest in his/her activities and appreciating the things he or she does.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 – 09 school year.
Classes are held for three, four, and five-year-olds Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Children may be enrolled three, four, or five days a week. Parents and children are welcome to spend a morning visiting the classes.
For more information, call 684-2003.