About the Program
Our goal for the Pre-Kindergarten program is to prepare students for future school success by developing strong foundational skills in early literacy and numeracy. Our curriculum is focused on the whole child offering social, emotional, and spiritual development throughout the school experience. Just as important, we encourage each child’s natural motivation, excitement and wonder for learning.
The UPK program uses the Get Set for School curriculum, which incorporates the development of academic, social, physical and emotional skills. Children will be encouraged to explore the alphabet, learn beginning concepts of science (bugs, weather, etc.) and interact socially through activities and games. We provide opportunities for each child to develop skills while progressing at his/her own rate.
Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool is a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) site for both Brockport Central (BCS) and Holley Central Schools (HCS). These districts receive grant funding from New York State to provide families of four-year-old children the universal opportunity to access high quality Pre-Kindergarten programs. Families in the BCS and HCS Districts are provided an opportunity to enroll their four-year-old child in a lottery for placement in a Pre-Kindergarten program focused on early literacy and numeracy. Lottery winners’ tuition is paid for by the state and incurs no cost to the families for Pre-Kindergarten education. Children chosen in the Brockport Central School and Holley Central School lotteries have the option to choose Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool for their UPK program site, and may designate Ready, Set, Grow! on their application.
Ready, Set, Grow! is dedicated to providing an enriching experience for your child in a safe, enjoyable and loving environment. The collaboration with BCS and HCS allows Ready, Set, Grow! an opportunity to continue teaching and nurturing the academic and emotional development of the children throughout our community.
All students who will be four-years old by December 1, 2015 or will be attending Kindergarten the following year can enroll in a Two, Three, Four or Five Day program at Ready, Set, Grow! All Pre-Kindergarteners are taught by experienced and NYS certified teachers and enjoy the same UPK approved curriculum as their peers!
AGE REQUIREMENT: Four years old by December 1, 2015 and / or planning to attend Kindergarten the following September.
CLASS SIZE: 18 children with a NYS Certified Lead Teacher and an Aide
CLASS OPTIONS: 2 day, 3 day, 4 day & 5 day classes
CLASS TIME: All classes meet ~ 9:30 -12:00 pm
Meet the Teachers!
Lead Teacher for the Sharks (UPK/Pre-Kindergarten Class)
Mrs. Phelps has a B.S. in Elementary Ed. from Houghton College and a Master’s degree in Elementary Ed. from SUNY Brockport. She has NYS permanent Certification in grades N-6. She has 10 years experience teaching K-2 grade. She enjoys gardening, decorating and loves to read. Her favorite children’s book is Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric A.Kimmel. “ Ready, Set, Grow! is so special because the staff really has a passion for teaching young children. I really enjoy designing lessons that make the kids say “WOW!”.
Teacher’s Aide for the Sharks (UPK/Pre-Kindergarten Class)
Mrs. Stephens has worked as a teacher’s aide at RSG! for the past three years. She has experience working in afterschool programs and is an active volunteer for the children/youth ministries at Brockport Free Methodist Church. She has two children and enjoys bowling, volleyball, and spending time with her family. “I love working with the children during their art center. Even with all of the same materials, their creativity comes out. No two projects are alike.”
Sample Pre-Kindergarten Schedule
(For UPK and Pre-K Classes)
|9:30 – 9:55||WELCOME / FREE PLAY||To enjoy activities with friends and investigate individual interests|
|9:55 – 10:00||CLEAN UP||Promotes teamwork and cooperation skills|
|10:00 – 10:30||CIRCLE / CALENDAR||Pre-reading concepts, daily sharing, counting and numerical concepts, theme curriculum, book share|
|10:30 – 10:45||SNACK / BATHROOM||Reenergize with healthy foods, cooperate in clean up, socialize with peers|
|10:45 – 11:15||CENTERS||The class is divided into small groups and rotates to different centers to do crafts, academic games and activities. Crafts focus on developmentally appropriate skill building while academic centers concentrate on the alphabet, math, and science concepts.|
|11:15 – 11:35||FREE PLAY
(In the Gym or Outside)
|This is a time to focus on gross motor skills and provides an opportunity for students to interact socially.|
|11:35 – 12:00||END OF DAY ACTIVITIES||Time to sing songs, read a book, and learn about packing up a book bag and getting ready to go home.|