This will be a session to come and learn about our preschool program as well as to ask questions of our teachers. There will also be information presented about how to prepare your child for preschool and tips on how to successfully parent a preschooler. This will be an adult only session and it will be held in the gymnasium at Growing Minds Preschool.
Growing Minds Preschool will be open for you and your child to come tour the building and visit individual classrooms. Teachers will be available to give an overview of the class and answer questions.
Registration will be open to the public on Monday March 5, 2018 at 6:00am and all registration is done on-line.
Established in 2002, Growing Minds Preschool is excited to celebrate 16 years in the Sellersburg community. Kerri Eckert and Robin Long, along with our certified teachers, strive to teach the whole child as well as to encourage family and community involvement.
The children have many opportunities throughout the preschool day to explore and to create in a warm, nurturing, and non-threatening atmosphere. Children are encouraged to choose activities during learning center time and to actively participate in music, story, and circle time, which are brief teacher-led group activities. Science center, blocks, math and reading manipulatives, books, art, dress-up and cooking are just a few activities available to your child daily. We believe your child needs both structured and unstructured types of play to maximize learning and social- development. We strive to provide a quality play-based, student-centered learning environment in which every student can grow and develop successfully at an individual pace.
This handwriting program is developmentally appropriate and hands-on specifically designed for the preschool child. When learning handwriting, your child will be exposed to a variety of manipulatives and writing tools such as mini chalkboards, roll-a-dough letters, flip crayons, wood pieces, and stamp and see screen.
All family and friends are welcome to join in celebrating the winter season with music and songs.
At Growing Minds Preschool, we want our students to learn what a great feeling "giving" to others can be.
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Parents, grandparents, and friends are all welcome to see the preschool students sing songs, recite poems, and be honored for achievements.
A professional photographer will take individual and class photos in the fall and spring.
Each Spring we invite our families to select from many area reading selections. All profits go back to Growing Minds Preschool classrooms so that new products and books can be enjoyed by all students.
Mrs. Eckert is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Eckert is the teacher of our 4/5-year-old Stretch Program. Mrs. Eckert has been teaching for 25 years.
Mrs. Long is a certified teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Long is one of our 3-year-old teachers. Mrs. Long has been teaching for 15 years.
Our teachers are certified teachers and we have a staff that has taught many years of preschool. Each classroom also has a teaching assistant. Our class size is 16 students to 2 adults.
Mrs. Anderson is one of our 3-year-old teachers. Mrs. Anderson has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2017.
Mrs. Latham is one of our 4-year-old teachers. Mrs. Latham has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2011.
Mrs. Lindquist is one of our 4-year-old teachers. Mrs. Lindquist has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2012.
Mrs. McDowall is our Kinder-prep teachers. Mrs. McDowall has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2017.
Mrs. Woodruff is one of our 4-year-old teachers. Mrs. Woodruff has been teaching at Growing Minds since 2014.
Our three year old program is designed to help children learn how to be in a classroom. We focus on learning independence, self-control, fine and gross motor skills as well as letter and number recognition.
Children must turn three by August 1st and be fully potty trained.
We have three different programs that we offer to our four year olds. All of the classes are designed to prepare children for all aspects of kindergarten, both social and academic. Children will learn letter recognition and sounds, simple math concepts, writing skills and continue to build fine and gross motor skills.
Children must turn four by August 1st and be fully potty trained.
*The stretch program is only available for students who have already attending Growing Minds for at least one year of preschool.
My family has had the pleasure of sending all four of our children, now ages 6, 10, 12 and 14 to Growing Minds Preschool.
Having been a teacher, I was selective when choosing a preschool for my first born and toured various facilities before choosing GMP. I loved that each teacher at Growing Minds was a certified educator with early childhood teaching experience.
I also liked that the preschool embraced "Handwriting Without Tears" and focused on teaching the many different facets of handwriting including directionality, fine motor skill development, and hands on practice with various tactile materials (shaving cream, play dough, etc.). Many of my children's future teachers have given positive feedback regarding their handwriting.
Growing Minds is very family oriented and volunteers are welcome to sign up in advance to help in the classroom which was very important to our family. We also attended many different holiday parties and helped on field trips to the local library and police station.
The gym at the school is fantastic for indoor recess during the winter and inclement weather; GMP has many different types of toys to play with in the gym such as scooters, bouncy balls, trucks, hula hoops and more. The outdoor playground is also wonderful and is the perfect size for preschoolers. Play is a large part of a preschooler's development which GMP embraces.
All four of my children were more than ready for kindergarten, both socially and academically. They learned to love school during their preschool years which has translated to a love of learning during their elementary and middle school careers as well.
We adored our children's teachers at Growing Minds and are so grateful for the love, time, and effort that was poured into each of our children. We have happily recommended the preschool to many parents over the years; many of whom have had fantastic experiences as well! Thank you, Growing Minds!
I am fortunate enough to have gained a unique perspective into Growing Minds; as a parent and a teacher. I have seen first hand from both of my daughters attending the excellence of this preschool. They incorporate the perfect mixture of all areas needed to be successful in school. This includes daily school routines, academics, fine motor skills, and promoting essential independence. All while having fun! Furthermore, as a Kindergarten teacher in our community, I can confidently say students coming to me from Growing Minds are prepared both academically and socially for school. We are so fortunate to have this great preschool in our community!