Full-Day Preschool Program
What curriculum do you follow?
What are the hours for the full-day preschool program?
All of our full-day preschool classrooms are open from 8:00-6:00. The majority of children arrive between 8:00-9:00 and leave between 4:30-6:00.
How many days can my child attend?
Hilltop offers 5 day/week Monday-Friday schedules.
Can my child be in diapers?
Is there a transition plan for my child to get used to going to school?
What meals do you provide?
What if my child has allergies or needs to take regular medication?
Are there parent volunteer opportunities at school?
How long are contracts?
Stories from the classroom: Play-based learning
Rohan spent about 40 minutes working with the play dough in the studio this morning meticulously shaping the meatballs he was to eat for breakfast. He shaped them through a slow and intentional process of construction, starting out with a very small piece of play dough and slowly adding really tiny pieces, one at a time. He’d roll each small ball through and around his fingers with its added tiny piece of dough stuck to the outside, until it seemed smooshed into the ball enough. Then he’d repeat the process again and again and again until the meatballs were just the way he wanted them to be. Occasionally he would stop making them and put them in the bowl. Some times he would pretend that he was really having breakfast and blow on the meatballs as thought they were still hot.
Typically I see Rohan engaged in big physical play, or dramatic and imaginative pretend play. He doesn’t often engage with sensory or art materials for extended periods of time, as he does with these other kinds of play, so it was great to see him spend such a dedicated amount of time with the squishy and salty play dough. I appreciate that he was able to find a new and different way to act out his ideas for pretend play. Often Rohan acts out scripts from books, television shows, or movies, all while up high on a piece of furniture or with broad and dynamic announcements of his intentions. During his meatball breakfast play this morning, Rohan created his own script instead. Has Rohan been more creative in his pretend play at home recently, finding ways to still use his imagination without the direct script from other sources? In what ways can we (parents and teachers) continue to support the more creative side of his imaginative play?