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Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Preschool Enrollment Requirements

Children must meet the following criteria to be enrolled in the preschool program:

  • Become 4 years old on or before Aug. 31st.
  • Live in the Thomasville City School District
  • Meet qualifications under NCPREK guidelines, Title One or Exceptional Children’s laws and procedures.
  • Have a birth certificate, health assessment, immunizations  and proof of residence completed  and on file by Sept. 30th.

Classroom Activities and Curriculum

The preschool program at Thomasville Primary uses the Creative Curriculum, which aligns with Foundations: NC Early Learning Standards.  Our philosophy is based on Developmentally Appropriate Practices for preschool children.  This includes an emphasis on all areas of development:

 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT – Children will improve expressive and receptive language skills through many early literacy activities such as listening to stories for meaning and enjoyment, singing, learning nursery rhymes, and playing with one another to stimulate language.

 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT – Children will be exposed to math, literacy and writing concepts. They will have opportunities to explore many concepts in learning centers and will be guided in expanding their thinking skills. They will enjoy exposure to many kinds of books, learning the concepts of print and the names and sounds of letters. Children will also be exposed and will learn many concepts related to math such as counting, understanding quantities, making patterns and sorting items.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SKILLS – Preschoolers learn how to interact appropriately in a variety of learning centers as they share and play cooperatively with peers. They also learn to make appropriate choices and follow directions. We use the Second Step curriculum to help teach children how to identify feelings, express themselves appropriately and resolve conflicts.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT – Our preschoolers have the opportunity to improve gross and fine motor skills in a variety of movement activities.  They dance, ride tricycles; play on equipment, run and jump.  They also paint, play with play dough, write, draw and cut and use many manipulatives in the classroom.

Opportunities for family members to participate at school include:

  • Classroom visits-to volunteer or observe
  • Eating lunch with your child
  • Attend school events such as P.T.A., Family Fun Night, the Book Fair, Multicultural Night
  • Parent/Teacher conferences

The Preschool Special Needs Service Delivery

1.  The Preschool Special Needs Classroom, located at Thomasville Primary School, is a component of the Exceptional Children’s Program. Operating Mon.- Thurs. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the class follows the public school calendar. The staff includes one full time classroom teacher and two full time teacher assistants. The students follow a preschool curriculum based on the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development, according to their Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s). This developmentally appropriate curriculum capitalizes on the child’s current capabilities, and modifies activities by providing materials and tasks that increase in complexity as the child gains new understanding and skills.  The curriculum provides concrete activities for each child that stimulates all areas of development- cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, language, self-help, and emotional/social. A multisensory approach to instruction is utilized in the classroom setting with the use of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile stimulation techniques. Health related services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language therapy are provided either in pullout or in-class sessions. Transportation is provided by Thomasville City Schools.
 
2. Preschool Itinerant Services are provided to children who meet specific criteria based on NC Exceptional Children’s guidelines. The needs of these children can be met in their home, daycare, or service provider location.

PROGRAM HOURS

 

Preschool operates on a school day schedule which is 7:30 a.m. – 2:05 p.m. Your child will be considered tardy at 7:30 a.m. Children may arrive at 7:05 a.m. and go to the gym until 7:15 a.m

 

The Preschool Special Needs Program of the Thomasville City School System offers a variety of services for children ages 3, 4, and 5, who have special needs and meet state eligibility guidelines. These services include the following:

  • Screenings
  • Evaluations
  • Speech and/or Developmental Therapy sessions
  • Resource materials
  • Consultations with Families, teachers, and child care providers

All services are at no cost to the parents.