Preschool

two, three, and four year-olds

At Marin Primary & Middle School we believe that the innocence, curiosity, and playful exploration of early childhood are key building blocks of healthy growth and future success.  Our preschool teachers treasure childhood and encourage learning in the classroom and beyond, offering a developmental, play-based program where children thrive. Guided by supportive teams of teachers, children build self-confidence, gain independence, and develop critical social skills through their connections with teachers and other children. Our program supports the cognitive and social-emotional growth of young children, guided by the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Curriculum

The Marin Primary & Middle School preschool is a developmental, play-based program where children thrive in our nurturing classrooms. Guided by supportive teams of teachers, they explore and discover, learning through play, building self-confidence, gaining independence, and developing critical social skills through their interactions with their teachers and other children. Our program supports the cognitive and social-emotional growth of young children, guided by the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Program Features

Our preschool includes six classes each of which is led by two head teachers. Our spacious campus encompasses two enclosed playgrounds designed for the toddlers and older preschool children, a designated outdoor art area for preschoolers, an outdoor education center with an organic learning garden, sports court, fields, art and music studios, library media center, and outdoor play spaces. The preschool program enjoys a close connection with our primary and middle schools.

We are pleased to offer flexible scheduling options, including a late afternoon program until 6:00 p.m. There is no additional charge for early arrival beginning at 7:30 a.m. Most summers our campus is open to a vibrant preschool day camp led by teachers from our school.

Two Year Old Program

Meadow and Forest - The Two Year Old Program

In the Meadow classroom, our focus is on helping children become comfortable as part of a group with classmates at their level. We begin our year together building routines and relationships and getting to know each other as we move forward into our year of learning and growing through play. Many of the children spend a great deal of time observing their new, stimulating environment before becoming full participants in play. We set up our days and activities so that each child is able to learn in his or her own way, developing important critical thinking skills such as problem solving. We identify and talk about our feelings as we grow together, learning about empathy and resilience on a daily basis. While building trusting and secure relationships, the children feel safe to begin to take ownership of their classroom and school, freeing them up for new opportunities as they move forward.

In the Forest classroom, teachers focus on helping children become increasingly comfortable as members of a group who socialize regularly with their peers. Two year-olds most often come to us largely focused on their own thoughts and desires, based on their developmental level. The Forest experience includes activities and tools to help the children to develop awareness of and empathy for the children around them. This process involves small steps through the year, and many children spend a great deal of time observing their new, stimulating environment before becoming full participants in play. They learn by engaging in a variety of creative endeavors, where the emphasis is on process and enjoying their experiences with classmates and teachers. Recognizing the innate sense of wonder in all children, the Forest teachers seek to cultivate the curiosity and questioning that further inspires an intense engagement with the world around them. The teachers and children identify and talk about feelings as they grow together, and practice and model problem-solving on a daily basis. The children learn that even when they run into difficulties, they are able to bounce back, and this resilience serves them well as they interact with the group. After building trusting and secure relationships through the year, our students begin to take ownership of their school, freeing them up for new opportunities as they move forward.

Three Year Old Program

Seashore and Jungle - The Three Year Old Program

In the Seashore classroom, teachers teach their children to reach in a safe and secure learning environment, supporting them in their development and sense of identity. There are ample opportunities for exploration and physical activities, both indoors and outdoors. The teachers lead regular nature walks to help the children get to know their community and learn about surrounding habitats. And they engage in agricultural practices on a small scale in the school garden, learning about the impact of cultivation and learning to be responsible stewards of the earth. 

The Jungle classroom provides a nurturing educational and social environment where each child’s cognitive, emotional and physical development is supported through child-centered play and developmentally appropriate activities. The children are encouraged to explore and experience the world around them in order to instill a genuine and enduring love of learning and a sense of independence, and have opportunities throughout the day to engage in explorations both inside and outside in nature. Through play, literature and discussion, children develop empathy, curiosity, creativity and collaboration.   

Four Year Old Program

Barn and Zoo - The Four Year Old Program

The Barn and Zoo students in our PreK program are encouraged to collaborate within the classroom as well as the larger school community, helping them to learn to make connections as a key component to a successful life long journey. Making connections means more than just making friends. It is about truly understanding and knowing your strengths and weaknesses; it is about acceptance, inclusion, and empathy; it is about having the ability to be your authentic self and the courage to share that with the world.  

Childhood is a time for great discovery and exploration. As educators, the Barn and Zoo teachers know the importance of holding space for individual growth and development. We believe that innocence, curiosity, and the playful exploration of early childhood are the building blocks of healthy growth and future success. Barn and Zoo students are encouraged to slow down, take time to reflect, and understand that life is a process filled with little joys as well as obstacles to overcome. Each day the teachers guide and support students as they navigate their world through social interactions, taking risks, and developing perseverance as challenges arise.

Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor

Preschool Director