Parkside Day School

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About Us

Parkside Day School is a celebration and admiration of young children. The early childhood years are a period of dynamic and extraordinary development. The young child is shaping and developing his mind and body, building his brain architecture and constructing knowledge through play. We whole-heartedly believe that building strong, positive and healthy relationships based on trust is the foundation that will develop caring, competent individuals and creative, independent thinkers.

Relationship-based Practice

Research-based approach that has its origins in the work of Lev Vygotsky, child psychologist

  • Trusting, respectful, supportive relationships between children and adults build healthy and happy children
  • Children and teachers converse, share experiences and recognize that language and conversations are central
  • Support from caring teachers in a rich learning environment will allow children to experiment, make decisions, take risks, learn from their mistakes and solve problems
  • Each child’s individual needs and interests are recognized to offer meaningful and nurturing interactions
  • Nurturing bonds instill empathy, embrace differences and create social responsibility
  • Practices that empower children to resolve differences with others in cooperative and constructive ways
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio fosters deep relationship-building opportunities to increase social emotional intelligence and competence

Our Programs

Toddlers (24 to 36 months old)
  • Supportive play, open exploration, creative art projects and relationship development
  • Strong emphasis on increasing self-care, confidence, independence, problem-solving and social interaction skills in uplifting ways
  • Sensory rich environment for meaningful experiences and stimulation of the brain
  • Hands-on, active and diverse opportunities for self-expression
  • Varied activities and content areas: art, movement, music, cooking, drama, sciences, nature, storytelling, group games and field trips
Preschool (3 to 4 years)
  • Children work independently and cooperatively in a classroom full of social interactions and engaging, developmentally appropriate activities
  • Strong emphasis on social-emotional, intellectual, physical, and creative skills
  • Language and writing skills involved into all aspects of the curriculum
  • Phonetic approach allow children to link sounds and symbols
  • Introduction of mathematical concepts through hands-on materials that prepare children for later abstract reasoning
Pre-Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten (4 to 5 years)
  • Children work as independent thinkers, problem-solvers, keen observers and joyful explorers
  • Strong emphasis on shared responsibility, individual accountability, effective communication and kindergarten readiness skills
  • Engaging and challenging academic curriculum that is individualized to each child’s level
  • Phonetic approach allow children to build and decode words
  • More complex mathematical concepts utilizing concrete, tactile materials
  • Social studies focus on earth and continents, people, food and culture

Admissions

Full Day, Part Day (morning and afternoon classes) and Extended Care Programs

  • Potty-training is not required for Toddler and Preschool Programs
  • Children must be at least 24 months old to start the Toddler Program

Enrichment Programs

  • World Languages - Optional Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Soccer Shots – Optional Our soccer program utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. They also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Through fun games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active. Please visit www.soccershots.org for more information.
  • Little Chefs An essential part of our curriculum is cooking. Children are introduced to dishes from around the world. Children learn valuable math, language and fine motor skills while discovering many cultural aspects of the world they are in.
  • Additional enrichment programs to be offered