What do I do if my child cries?
Why do you teach a second language?
Does my child need to be potty trained?
Children attending the 2 year old class do not need to be potty trained. While we strongly recommend that all 3 year olds be potty trained, we understand that each child is unique and may progress in this area at a different pace. Therefore, we will work with you and your child to reinforce the training you are giving them at home.
1. Smile reassuringly and say, You are going to have a great time! I will be back in a little while!
2. Then turn and leave quickly.
If a child is going to cry; they will do it no matter how long you stay. You will make it easier for them by making it quick and pleasant. We have lots of empathy for those children who take longer to warm to the preschool day, and who need extra attention. Those first few weeks of school we do a lot of holding on laps and talking reassuringly to children. Your child will be closely and kindly watched over and in a couple of weeks they will cry when you come to get them!
It may seem odd that we teach foreign language to preschoolers, but brain development research tells us that the language portion of the brain is the most active between the ages of two and five. The amount of language a child learns during this time is baffling. Likewise, because that portion of the brain is so active, children can pick up another language readily. To them it is more like learning synonyms rather than another language. Also, the larynx is more pliable at this time and the proper pronunciation is much easier than it is for older individuals to try to copy. Some children participate more than others, but this has to do more with the individual child than anything else. Even the child that does not repeat the lesson can still recall and repeat when they choose. According to research the exposure to foreign language at this time actually creates pathways in the brain that make additional languages more easily learned throughout the life of the child.
Yes! We love our volunteers! Parents are encouraged to take part in our school in several ways. You may sign up to be a volunteer weekly in your child's room. We can always use volunteers during our lunch hour. You can be a room parent, help with special activities on a need basis, to serve on our Parent Advisory Committee as chairperson or coordinator. We also love to have parents or grandparents volunteer to share a special talent or skill. Please be advised that all volunteers must be fingerprinted.
Our school is open to everyone. While the staff members of our schools are Christians, our students come from many different backgrounds. We accept children of all races, creeds, religions, gender and beliefs.
Can my child opt out of Bible story time?
Being a Christian school means more than simply telling Bible stories. Our teachers and staff share a common Christian worldview. This means that our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is reflected in all aspects of our lives, including the entire curriculum. Our school is set up specifically to share the love of God with the students, parents and fellow staff members.
Discoveryland Christian preschool is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in accordance with the statutes of the State of California. We are a ministry of the Milpitas Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Our Board of Trustees provides guidance and strategic planning and develops school policy in accordance with Discoveryland's Mission statement. The board works in partnership with the Central California Conference (CCC) to hire and supervise staff, implement curriculum, oversee the facility and implement Board policy.
What is the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010?
Senate Bill (SB) 1381 (Chapter 705, Statues of 2010) amended California Education Code (Section 46300, 48000, and 48010) to change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program beginning in the 2012–2013 school year.
A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before one of the following dates (EC 48000[a]):
For the 2018–19 school year the date is October 1
For the 2018–19 school year and each school year thereafter the date is September 1.