Dear Lederman families;
I’m writing to reach out and encourage everyone to come to the open house this Tuesday, April 29th at 5:30-7:00. I’d love to meet everyone who is a part of the Lederman family.
My coworker (Laurie Roosa) and I will be joining the sweet and nurturing educators at Lederman’s this coming fall. Laurie and I have worked together at the Stone Ridge Nursery School and at the Marbletown preschool camp for years. Now we look forward to combining forces with the Lederman staff to create an awesome community preschool full of age appropriate academics, games, songs, art, and science activities. We also believe that the socialization skills acquired during the year encourage the class as a group to feel like a small family by learning to respect each other, the things we say, and the toys with which we play.
At the open house I will be able to explain in more detail my thoughts about the academic schedule in the fall, but I will do my best to offer a brief overview now.
Sometime before this fall, the board is interested in unveiling a new name “Marbletown Preschool at the Lederman’s Center” to draw new energy and interest in the school. The school day will begin everyday at 9:00 and will conclude at noon. The school will still offer wrap-around care in the morning and the afternoon for preschoolers.
Our Tuesday/Thursday program will focus on three year olds and their early academics, prewriting skills, and socialization. This program is designed to be an introduction to school, with more hands on experiences, movement games, and songs, to encourage good listening and participation skills at a three year old level. We understand that separation isn’t always easy for children, and parents, especially if this is the child’s first school experience.
Our Monday/Wednesday/Friday program emphasizes preparation for Kindergarten. This class works in centers during part of the day where they practice writing skills, as well as alphabet and number recognition, etc. On Fridays, we sit at the table and have a group work-activity to practice listening and working while sitting in a large group (like they will need to do in Kindergarten). We also like to have Show ‘N Tell on Fridays to encourage public speaking as well as descriptive concepts when speaking about our precious treasures.
The advantage of this school is that families are not locked into signing their children up for those days only. The classes will be multi-age. So your three year old can join the “big kid group” and benefit from their advance play, and participate in the curriculum with them in an age appropriate way. Similarly the four year olds can reinforce what they’ve been learning with the three year old group and be “big kid” role models for the younger ones. So having your child attend school all five days a week will offer many levels of experiences and opportunities.
For toddlers the board has approved a two-day program right now for ages 18 months – 3 years. The Toddler program will continue to be run by Miss Dee. The toddler program will meet Thursday and Friday mornings 9:00-12:00. This program is a nice chance for socialization, sensory experiences, and an introduction to school. If there is enough of an interest to increase the toddler program families should indicate this and we can approach the board to see if they will accommodate the need.
The tuition beginning this fall is based on the 10 month school year September through June and is as follows:
Toddler: 2 Day Program / Thursday & Friday – 9:00 to 12:00 @ $1,584 Annually, or $158.40 a month.
*2 Day Program Tuesday & Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 @ $1,584 Annually, or $158.40 a month
*3 Day Program / Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 9:00 to 12:00 @$2,376 Annually, or $237.60 a month
*5 Day Program/ Monday thru Friday – 9:00 to 12:00@ $3,960 Annually, or $396.00 a month
*** Wrap Around Time for Pre – K is @ $6.00 / Hour
*Full Time Program (8 hours a day):
2 Day, Tuesday & Thursday @ $4,224 Annually, or $422.40 a month
3 Day, Monday, Wednesdays & Friday @ $6,336 Annually, or $633.60 a month
5 Day, Monday thru Friday @ $8,800 Annually, or $880.00 a month
We will be accepting registrations for the 2014 Fall Semester at the open house on Tuesday April 29. The summer schedule and contracts will also be available at the open house. Children are encouraged to attend and we will be providing light refreshments. I look forward to meeting everyone and talking with you more.
If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me at julianna@
Director (beginning this fall)