9 Reasons Parents Love this New Pre-K Program in Summit!

Oak Knoll’s Little Acorns Pre-K Engages Students in High-Interest, Center-Based Learning

Still shopping for a Pre-K program for the fall? In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Pre-K program in Summit, NJ–and it does have a few spots left. The Little Acorns Pre-K program at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child just finished its second year. Here are 7 reasons that Tips’ parents are big fans of this new Pre-K program!

1. Instilling a Joyful Spirit
One of the first tings you’ll notice when you walk into the Little Acorns classroom is the bright and cheerful atmosphere. All around the room, you’ll see smiling, happy little faces. Oak Knoll has created a lovely, nurturing environment that inspires little ones to approach each new challenges with a joyful spirit.

2. Teaching to the Whole Child
Oak Knoll’s wonderfully qualified teachers teach to the whole child. This means that are acutely aware of each child’s academic, social-emotional, and physical development. we provide one-on-one instruction, and we’re a full-day program, which is demonstrated to improve how children perform in assessments of vocabulary, literacy, math and more.

Children are encouraged to engage in pairs to share their thoughts with one another.

3. Think, Pair, Share
Students learn skills called “Think, Pair, Share,” where the children are presented with a question and are then paired with a partner, and have the opportunity to share their thoughts with one another.

4. Connect4Learning Curriculum
The program follows the Connect4Learning Curriculum, which was developed through funding from the National Science Foundation.
This curriculum uses research-based and classroom-tested foundations in literacy, science, social-emotional, and mathematics learning.

5. Hands-On Centers.
Their pre-K students have the chance to experience guided as well as self-directed learning at various in-class centers where children can choose to explore as their natural curiosity inspires them. 

Hands-on centers are located throughout the Little Acorns’ classroom.

6. Online learning
Oak Knoll’s youngest students combine enhanced learning in the classroom with online learning. Every Little Acorns student utilizes their own iPad throughout the school day, each equipped with the Osmo app, which merges tactile exploration with innovative technology, actively engaging the students in the learning process.

7. Full-Days
Students will be better prepared for the rigors of a full day of kindergarten if they are able to experience this in Pre-K.  Little Acorns start their day at 8am and finish at 3pm. This allows teachers have more time to work with and get to know their young students and gives students some much needed down-time throughout the day. Full-day programs have been shown to improve children’s vocabulary, literacy, math and more. And not to mention, it is wonderful for us moms to have a full day.

8. Celebrating Diversity
Oak Knoll celebrates the rich diversity within our community and fosters an atmosphere of inclusion. Students learn to collaborate respectfully with others and become active participants in their class and in their community.

Little Oak Knoll Acorns especially love their special classes!

9. The Specials
Preschoolers at Oak Knoll especially love their special classes, including drama, tech, music, art, creative movement, and physical education. Not only are these classes a wonderful outlet for their creativity and a way to improve social skills, these classes help enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Learn more about how Oak Knoll’s Little Acorns Pre-K program launches students for success.

Oak Knoll, 44 Blackburn Road, Summit, NJ


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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