Preschool Classes

Joyce Preschool studentsFor more information on our class schedules, costs, and scholarship information, check our enrollment page.

To schedule a tour or find our open house dates, please see our tours page.

Joyce Preschool offers dual immersion (Spanish-English) preschool classes for children ages 3 to 5, and provides scholarships based on need. We work toward preparing children for kindergarten and beyond.

Our Park Avenue site has age-based classes. Younger children ages 3-4 are in one classroom, and older children ages 4-5 are in another.

Our Windom site has a mixed-age classroom. Children ages 3-5 all learn together, and are given the opportunity to be and learn from peer role models. (For a peek at what a mixed-age classroom looks like, check out this 2013 blog post about peer role models from our Windom classroom).

 

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Two-Way Immersion

Our two-way immersion program is structured around equal numbers of English- and Spanish-speaking children. Children have an immense capacity for second language acquisition and comprehension at a young age.

For Spanish-speaking students, Joyce understands the great benefits to supporting native language retention, as well as English acquisition to ensure school readiness.

For English-speaking students, there is a great academic and experiential benefit to introducing a second language.

About half our teaching staff are native Spanish speakers. Equal numbers of Spanish and English-speaking teachers and students means that children are able to learn language from their teachers and from one another. Diverse cultural traditions are celebrated throughout the school year and parent participation in school events is encouraged. Joyce’s unique program allows families to build friendships across language and cultural barriers.
Joyce Preschool students

Student and Family Literacy

Joyce Preschool focuses on the development of our students’ literacy skills as a major part of our school readiness efforts.

We emphasize literacy in the classroom and encourage complementary activities at home through Club Leopoldo, our family literacy program. Club Leopoldo promotes family reading, and strengthens reading skills in the child’s native language. These packets include literacy activities for students and parents to do together at home, and are linked to the classroom themes.

 

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