Preschool

At Carlisle, our goal is to instill in children a love of learning. We are proud of our learning environment that encourages independent thinking and creativity. Our teachers employ visual, auditory and kinesthetic strategies in all areas of the curriculum, and focus on the children as individuals, nurturing their minds and preparing them for the future.

Basic Information

  • 7:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Preschool campuses located in Martinsville and Danville
  • Children 3-4 years old must be potty trained.
  • Various schedule options include full and half day
  • Extended day services are offered for an additional fee
  • Art, music, Spanish, creative movement and physical education are all part of the curriculum, and are taught by specialized teachers
  • Technology is woven into all lessons for an enriching experience
  • Mentoring program with the Upper School students builds bonds and provides role models to our students

Academics

Preschool 3

  • Language Arts — Language Arts is the core of the preschool curriculum at Carlisle. Manipulative materials are used extensively throughout the program to help students master letter recognition and print concepts. A variety of learning experiences are provided to develop basic skills such as oral communication, listening, fine motor control, and social interaction, problem solving, and reading readiness.
  • Mathematics — A child lives in a world of mathematics. Shapes, sizes, patterns, and quantitative difference become a part of every child’s awareness very early in development. Informal exposure to numbers and quantitative language help to facilitate a child’s ability to think, reason and express situations quantitatively. Through group and individual activities a child listens, looks, explores and discovers. A variety of manipulative materials are provided to teach math readiness to children, and differentiated instruction is used to work with students at their level of development.
  • Social Studies — The Preschool 3 Social Studies curriculum centers on the student’s place in his family, community, country and world. The primary goals of this program are to encourage the student to explore the time and place in which he lives, discover how the present differs from the past and to investigate how people live in various parts of the world.
  • Music — The overall objective of music in the Preschool and Kindergarten years is to provide a time of personal, active, physical and concrete music experiences. The program has at its heart singing, movement, playing instruments, listening and improvisation. Many different rhymes, songs and games will be introduced. The introduction of rhythm, tempo and pitch will stimulate growth and love of music. Using props and instruments will enhance the students’ creativity.

Preschool 4

  • Language Arts —  Language Arts is the core of the preschool curriculum at Carlisle. Manipulative materials are used extensively throughout the program to help students master letter recognition and print concepts. A variety of learning experiences are provided to develop basic skills such as oral communication, listening, fine motor control, and social interaction, problem solving, and reading readiness.
  • Mathematics — A child lives in a world of mathematics. Shapes, sizes, patterns, and quantitative difference become a part of every child’s awareness very early in development. Informal exposure to numbers and quantitative language help to facilitate a child’s ability to think, reason and express situations quantitatively. Through group and individual activities a child listens, looks, explores and discovers. A variety of manipulative materials are provided to teach math readiness to children, and differentiated instruction is used to work with students at their level of development.
  • Science — Young children are naturally curious about themselves and their environment. Science education at the preschool level recognizes the child’s sensory-motor level of development and utilizes the child’s need for active involvement in the learning process. Children are introduced to scientific processes of observing, classifying, predicting, estimating, comparing and measuring. An interdisciplinary approach is used whenever possible for teaching lessons in science.
  • Social Studies — The Preschool Humanities curriculum consists of high interest units of study with an emphasis on the child and his or her place in the family, community, country, and world. Art, music, literature, and class discussions are integrated when possible.
  • Music — The overall objective of music in the Preschool and Kindergarten years is to provide a time of personal, active, physical and concrete music experiences. The program has at its heart singing, movement, playing instruments, listening and improvisation. Many different rhymes, songs and games will be introduced. The introduction of rhythm, tempo and pitch will stimulate growth and love of music. Using props and instruments will enhance the students’ creativity.