The Grinnell Newburg Community School district houses three and four year old preschool at Fairview Elementary. This preschool program is an integrated program, which means it serves students that are eligible for special education services in two out of the three classrooms.
Students that attend the school district preschool are a part of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, meaning they meet the requirements set forth by the state.
Creative Curriculum for preschool guides program planning and instruction. There is a balance of student selected and teacher directed learning activities that supports development in the areas of social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, math, social studies, science, and the arts.
We assess our students using the GOLD online assessment system through Creative Curriculum. This allows us to assess students through observations at school and home. We also use the statewide assessment tool called IGDI’s that assess literacy skills of students.
Families have a home visit at the beginning of the year to connect with our preschool staff as well as the staff to get to know your child and gain insights from families on how to best make our environment successful for their child. We provide conferences throughout the year as well.
Our program includes music, large motor, and library skills as part of the scheduled curriculum. Students are able to check out books from the school library as well as meet weekly for music education.
Preschool spots are limited for three and four year old and students are drawn to fill spots. Registration takes place between April 1 - April 12 and registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Fairview Elementary. April 13 the drawing will occur and families will be notified if they have a secure spot.
Miss Lisha goes over the schedule for the day with her preschool students.
Preschool students have “jobs” in the classroom. Miss Terri is helping a student who is in charge of turning on the classroom lamps.
Miss Andrea works with students on counting and giving objects. Direct instruction happens in small groups with students as well as individually.