Preschool

The Katherine Thomas Preschool uses a developmental model in comprehensive half-day afternoon program for 4- and 5-year olds with complex and varied learning difficulties. Early intervention is critical to developmental growth, and our team of professionals works to create an individualized program to address differences and promote development for your child.  The staff to student ratio is 1 to 2.

Our preschoolers have differences in sensory regulation, motor tone/planning/sequencing,  auditory/visual-spatial processing abilities, and language, all of which can interfere with your child’s ability to interact and communicate with peers and adults in their environment. Students strengthen foundational skills necessary for academic success.

A child appropriate for admission to the preschool must be four years of age. Children must be able to communicate wants and needs through verbal and nonverbal means as appropriate to the classroom program. Behavior must be manageable for staff ratio in the classroom setting.

Curriculum
The Katherine Thomas Preschool utilizes the Maryland State Curriculum and other funding jurisdictions as needed, modifed for children with language and learning disabilities. The preschool curriculum is based in the DIR® model for early intervention which emphasizes the following main areas: language, motor development, visual-spatial, social-emotional, attention, engagement, regulation, and functional life skills. Classes are designed to blend the usual preschool curriculum, such as social interactive play, experiential learning activities, and daily language lessons, with heavy emphasis on communication, interaction and problem solving.

Teaching Methods
The staff spends time creating an atmosphere where the children feel comfortable and ready to interact and build positive relationships. Sensory experiences are provided to increase or decrease arousal, to increase experiences of positive affect in social interactions, and to facilitate child initiations during play sessions and small and large group routines. There is a focus on each child’s strengths, favored activities, materials, and interests in planning fun and meaningful activities and routines throughout the day.

Schedule
Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Children bring a snack to eat in the afternoon and will be involved in floor time, sensory-motor and semi-structured activities. They will also be involved in beginning and ending transition activities, circle time, small and large group learning experiences, and outside play. A school calendar is published in August.

Transportation
Parents are responsible for transportation. School staff assist parents with carpooling to the extent possible. Funded students are transported by the local school system.

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