Sharon's preschool came out of my practical realization of the necessity for a quality fun, creative learning educational preschool.
It started as a conversation with a friend who had a child in the same community rec center preschool program. We both felt that it was great as a "play group", but that it lacked the learning environment of a preschool. I had received my 2 year teaching certificate from a four year college where my first child development class caused me to change my major to Early Childhood Education. I suggested that I start my own preschool, which was one of my dreams. She said that if I started my preschool she would put her daughter in... And so it began. Carrie and my daughter Jessica were my first two students.
Speaking of Jessica, she is now one of the teachers in the preschool.
We are a small private preschool located in Orangevale. We accept children ages 3-5 years old, to join our fun, creative learning in a loving environment. We explore your child's early educational needs, with an atmosphere that can increase your child's imagination and creativity through dramatic play. We also hope that, through our different activities, we will be able to increase your child's self-esteem, confidence, problem solving abilities, independence, sharing, and being kind and considerate to their peers with positive reinforcement.
Our program gives your child the opportunity to take turns at being a leader with his or her peers, follow directions and share responsibilities while developing their social skills. And let's not forget hugs and Fun, Fun, and FUN!
We provide painting, clay, puzzles, blocks, puppets, musical instruments, dress up, arts and crafts, colors, numbers, twelve different shapes, D'Nealian style writing (as per San Juan Unified School District), and a little sign language; along with an outside playground with swings, sandbox, slides, teeter totter, balls, houses, a castle, a basketball hoop and things to climb on.
All of this can provide your child with the opportunity to enrich them in developing their fine and gross motor skills.
This is for the parent that doesn't want to go through all the child development terms and explanations of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, language, cognitive, social and emotional development, blah, blah, blah! Let's just cut to the chase.
Sharon's preschool provides your child with a loving, safe, secure, fun, creative learning environment, where they can have fun, play with their friends and are given the tools to prepare them to have a successful start in Kindergarten. A good preschool experience for your child gives them a solid foundation to succeed in their education and throughout their lives!
|AM class||8:30 am to 11:30 am|
|PM class||12:30 pm to 3:30 pm|
We also offer a summer program
|8:30||9:00||Arrival, free time|
|9:00||9:15||Calendar, Flag and singing|
|10:15||10:30||Name and numbers|
|10:30||10:45||Cutting (scissors practice)|
|11:15||11:30||Free time, prepare for home|
Arrival time gives everyone a chance to get here without feeling too bad if running a little late, your child won't miss out on group time.
Free time is when children can play with pretty much anything; puzzles, clay, dress up, houses, cars, kitchen, workshop, coloring, cutting, singing, dancing and books.
The Calendar is where we talk about the month, the days of the week, the number of the day and the special shape and color for each day.
We also take turns finding the color of the day on us, or in the room.
The Flag allows each child to take turns holding the flag and leading in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Music includes singing the many songs that we learn throughout the year. We have one that helps us clean up, one that gets us all together, one that goes with the calendar, and one to follow the leader when we go outside and back in again.
The Theme is a weekly discussion topic on their level which is followed up with an appropriate story.
Art Activity goes along with the theme. It is age appropriate with lots of coloring, and some gluing and cutting to aid in the development of their fine motor skills.
Snack we are starving by this time. We need something to keep us going until lunch.
We serve only 100% real fruit juice. We also serve muffins, fruit, cheese, crackers, brownies, cup cakes, cookies, popcorn, bagel bites, go gurts, to name a few.
Name and numbers is when we get our names from the board (which means they need to recognize their own name) and sit with a teacher to trace over their name. As they improve, they are encouraged to use free hand. Once this is mastered, they move on to other letters. They do the same with the numbers up to 6.
Cutting with scissors strengthens their fine motor skills. They get scratch paper and cut away.
Restroom. We encourage the children to go before we go outside. It goes without saying we encourage them to go anytime they need to. We use antibacterial soap for hand washing.
Playground is a great time to run, jump, hop, swing, climb, throw and catch balls.
If it is rainy or wet, we stay inside and encourage group play. Musical chairs, duck-duck-goose and Simon says, to name a few.
Free time is a great time to do what they didn't get to earlier. They also get free time between activities and snacks while the rest of the class is finishing up.
Prepare for home. We feel it's what most parents want. We know that your time is valuable and that most of you are running from one thing to the next, we don't want you to have to spend the next 15 minutes rounding everything up, so we try to have them all really to go for you.
We don't want you to think we are getting rid of them, but being considerate of your time.
This gives us an idea of where your child is at the start of the school year, and the second test (given first part of May) lets us know if they are academically prepared for Kindergarten.
It also can let us know what they need to work on through out the summer to be more prepared for a great start in their Kindergarten school year.
Off to the pumpkin patch, the fire station, the grocery store, a light rail train ride and the veterinarian.
Visitors that come to us are Santa, the Tooth Fairy, a nurse, a policeman, and Rocket man.
|$200||is our monthly fee|
(No refunds if your child does not attend)
|$25||registration fee is paid annually.|
|$100||deposit fee is to be used towards the Month of May.|
|$25||Service charge on late payments or returned checks.|
These fees are non-refundable.
Each student is spotlighted the week of his or her birthday. If your child's birthday doesn't fall within the school year, we choose a week that will work best.
Spotlighting your child for the week includes balloons for the student of the week and each classmate, we sing "Happy Birthday", have candles for them to blow out, and a gift. Once a day we take time to talk about the student of the week where each child can ask them a question, plus we talk about their chart which has photos of them and some of their favorite things.
It is an enrichment activity that gives each child an opportunity to speak in front of their peers, while being snuggled on a teachers lap. (Allowing them to feel safe and secure)
Cup cakes top off the last day of the week and over the years we have found that the parents like to bring these, although that is not an obligation.
Each child receives one as a Christmas gift.
Each child gets one to wear on field trips and any day at school or play.
What a great way to look at the year and what we did. Each child gets his or her own page of "all about me" with questions asked and answered in with their own words and thoughts, such as what they what to be when they grow up and fun information which includes comments about themselves and their family. Also included are special selections of their art and imagination stories. Plus pictures, pictures and more pictures! Something for both parents and children to cherish for years to come! (We can also take additional orders for grandparents.)
Nov 7, 2007
Julie loved her time spent at Sharon's Preschool.
We used to ride bikes there with the kids in a bike trailer. We have very fond memories of her time there.
November 6, 2007
My daughter had the most loving, nurturing, kind introduction to school through Sharon's Preschool. She still has fond memories to this day.
Kristi Anne's Mom & Dad
November 14, 2007
I sent both of my boys to Sharon's Preschool. My oldest is 20 and my youngest is 4. Yes that is a 15 year age difference. I was very happy to learn that Sharon was still doing preschool. Both of my boys love Sharon.
Bryce & Bowen's Mom & Dad
Attended: 1990-1992 & 2006 to present
November 14, 2007
I would never send my kids to any other preschool. Sharon does a great job mixing learning with fun. And I know the kids are safe and happy.
Eric, Alex & Ryan's Mom & Dad
Attended:'02-'03 & '05-'06 & '07 to present
November 12, 2007
Jake went to Sharon's Preschool in 1999.
He had a great experience. He looked forward to going everyday. He learned how to write his name.
We will always be thankful for Sharon's Preschool.
Jake's Mom & Dad
Attended: 1999 to 2000
November 12, 2007
Two of my children attended Sharon's Preschool and even through a few years have passed, they continue to LOVE Miss Sharon!
This preschool allowed then to learn in a loving, safe environment that allowed them to feel comfortable. They were able to transition to Kindergarten without any problems and continue to be successful in school. Miss Sharon is a kind, nurturing preschool teacher and we fully support your decision to enroll in Sharon's Preschool.
We love Miss Sharon!
Ellie & Sam's Mom
November 13, 2007
I have known Sharon for over 12 years. When I was in High School I did my community service project at her preschool. I was in awe at how well she handled the kids in her classroom. Sharon is patient and kind and most of all she makes learning fun. And now as a parent I send my daughter to Sharon's Preschool. Kaitlyn has been attending Sharon's Preschool for the last 2 years. I couldn't be happier with my daughter's progress and I have no doubt she will be prepared for Kindergarten next year.
Sincerely, Kaitlyn's Mom
Attended: 2005 to present
We encourage parents to make an appointment for an interview.
(not mandatory) At this time we would encourage you to bring your preschooler. This is a great way for you and your child to see the preschool and get a feel for our program. This also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
At that time you may enroll your child.
If you'd rather skip the interview and sign your child up immediately, that can be arranged as well. (You'd be surprised how many people want to reserve their spot immediately.)
We accept students on a first come, first service basis.
Returning students have first priority. We can only hold your spot with your paid deposit and registration.
Sharon started the preschool in September of 1989.
She is married and a mother of three, with a step daughter, son-in-law and a grandson.
She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and all the wonderful sweet preschool students.
She also enjoys sports, attending church and her other business; she is a professional photographer.