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Junior & Senior Preschool Programs
Our Junior and Senior Programs at Tom Thumb Preschool are aimed at developing the social and emotional skills needed for “school success”. One often hears “Kindergarten Readiness” as a goal for preschoolers. Tom Thumb raises the bar to “lifetime skills”. These skills are essential for grade school through college.
Our preschool is unique with original programs. We continuously assess and improve our programs to adjust and address new education findings, our present American culture and current technologically advances and changes in our society. Each of our programs is geared to a specific age group and keeping the interest of the child during the school sessions.
An important part of our job is to ensure our students are excited about learning every day and willing to participate in our program to have fun and rewarding experiences. Tom Thumb’s programs and our method The Power of Play are very successful, time tested, extremely well-planned-out to accentuate child development and have been refined continuously over the years.
For over 50 years, we have produced confident graduates with an ongoing interest to learn, think learning is a fun experience and have grown socially, physically, and intellectually.
Highlights of Our Junior and Senior Programs Objectives are:
- Critical thinking
- Social skills
- Exposure to new interests
- Original thinking & creative thought
- Independent action to satisfy goals
- Assimilate new knowledge
- Fine and gross motor skills
Highlights of Our Academics:
- Writing (include alphabet and numbers)
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- French for 4 years olds
Finding children’s strengths and emphasizing them is a primary goal for us. Students recognizing what they are good at doing and increase knowledge around their strength allows them to become self-invested. Our teachers assess children and create a plan to take them a step further and to encourage them on a path of learning. Our staff go to great lengths to help us develop the preschool programs with details that will encourage and stimulate the natural curiosity of young minds and exploration. It’s important for children to have a free-choice time where they choose playmates, activities and make decision about the objects in play or items to be included in a drawing.
Tom Thumb uses The Power of Play as an important method to achieve “a Fun Learning Experience”. Play is the overarching mechanism to explore, discover and learn. Simply it’s how children learn and have fun.
Specific details about our program can be found in our brochure. To request our brochure complete our Request a Brochure Form
Two Sessions to Choose from:
- 2:15 PM Dismissal Program
- 3:15 PM Dismissal Program
Our Enrichment Program is Integrated at No Cost
Children attend preschool in the morning and have lunch brought from home. In the afternoon, our enrichment program is group-oriented as children often play and do activities with a partner or a small group. Cooperation is encouraged. Our school activities are planned, so that children may choose to participate in different activities. They may take advantage of our gym, stage, and playgrounds. Specialists are brought in to enhance the educational experience.
Each new academic school year we created our programs to incorporate a mix of specialists that children enjoy and learn. Some of the specialists we have engaged in the past include:
- Science lesson
- Fun Gym
- Piano keyboard
- Math in the Rainbow Room
- Science in the Rainbow Room
Further details about our Extended and Full-day session program can be explained and discussed by a visit to Tom Thumb.
Before and After School Hours
Children may come to Tom Thumb as early as 6:50 AM and must be picked up no later than 6:00 PM.
Delayed Opening Policy for Stay and Play Safely Club, ThumBelina & Tom Thumb Students
We operate only on those days when the Lakeland Central School District has classes in session. When Lakeland has delayed openings, we we will delay 1 hour only. Our “Before School Care” program will open at 7:55 AM for those registered for this program. When Lakeland closes early due to weather we allow working parents enough time to make arrangements for pick-up. We trust parents will come as soon as possible.
Gift of Time
This program is available for those children who are turning 5 years old by November 30th and would have been eligible for Kindergarten next September. Children’s readiness for school has a high correlation with their emotional and social maturity. The Gift of Time is exactly what this program offers. This program will be explained in detail during your visit or a phone discussion. To learn more, click on the Gift of Time Program
Summary of Preschool Classes:
Junior Class: Children must be 3 years old by November 30th and toilet-trained is recommended. However, children are considered on an individual basis as to their readiness for preschool.
Senior Class: Children must be 4 years old by November 30th .
Tuition:To view the tuition for the school year click on the Tom Thumb Preschool Tuition web page
Class Schedule: (Tom Thumb will continue to follow Lakeland Central School District’s academic schedule. To access Lakeland School District Calendar, click on Lakeland School District Calendar. Tom Thumb Preschool for both the Junior and Senior programs, as well as, for the ThumBelina program, will follow the Lakeland School District calendar.
- 2:15 PM Dismissal Program: – 8:45 AM – 2:15 PM
- 3:15 PM Dismissal Program: – 8:45 AM – 3:15 PM
Before School Care:
- As early as 6:50 AM
After School Care (After Care: Available only for those in the 3:15 pm dismissal program):
- Pick-up Before 4:00 PM
- Pick-up Before 5:00 PM
- Pick-up Before 6:00 PM
- 2 days/week (Tuesday and Thursday)
- 3 days/week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
- 5 days /week (Monday through Friday)
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Please contact us to set up an appointment.
Roberta Humphrey ( owner of Dance for Joy) prepares Tom Thumbers for “The Nutcracker”.