Riley Crossing preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms are fun, happy and engaging places where children explore, investigate and discover. Our preschool early education program supports each child’s emerging school-readiness skills. In addition, our Intergenerational curriculum develops non-cognitive behaviors such as attention span, friendship skills, empathy, emotion regulation, and self-regulation. These skills help to prepare our young children for their next step in their education world.
Our warm and welcoming preschool rooms are carefully planned to provide a wide range of age-appropriate activities and equipment for the children to explore. Our learning through play philosophy is seen in our rooms through our activity centers: dramatic play, library, writing, science, blocks, music, fine motor, and creative expression. Our state-of-the-art classrooms are carefully planned and beautifully equipped with a wide selection of age-appropriate materials designed to encourage learning at each stage of preschool development.
Riley Crossing 3 and 4-year-olds will spend time exploring throughout the day inside and out. As we explore our world around us, we learn to appreciate all the uniqueness of everyone and everything.
The preschoolers start to increase their time with our special Grandfriends. Throughout the week, we will experience MacPhail music learning, art activity and science activity with our special friends. These activities help us to develop a special bond.
Our caring teachers facilitate learning through creative projects to meet their curiosity. Each preschooler will learn to develop self-help skills in family style meals, small pouring pitchers and child size sinks. Children will learn they are capable of new-found skills and independence.
At Riley Crossing, we incorporate a STEMS curriculum which cultivates strong innovators and thinkers. Children learn best when making connections between diverse skills and concepts. We integrate science, technology, engineering and math throughout the classroom.
Children who are a year from entering Kindergarten will enjoy a room of exploration with school readiness activities which will expand their newly-learned leadership skills. Our Pre-K children will partner with our Grandfriends in literacy activities throughout the year.
At Riley Crossing, we strive to provide opportunities for the whole child to develop. Throughout the year we will have different community service projects with our Grandfriends to help us understand the importance of community. Some examples of projects your child will experience are the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon, American Heart Walk with Grandfriends, holiday gift bags for seniors, and activity boxes for seniors with Alzheimer's.
As we develop our whole child, our caring teachers work hard to partner with the Chanhassen school district to make sure we are knowledgeable about the latest educational theory. Our STEMS and Creative Curriculum are our core education curriculum used throughout the year. Families can rest assured that their child will be ready for Kindergarten in all areas of development.
Typical Preschool/Pre-K day
Our day will start out with a warm welcome from our caring teachers. As we develop our language and literacy skills, children will learn to answer the Question of the Day when entering the classroom. Small group activities will take place as we ready for breakfast at 8:00 am. After breakfast, our classrooms start the day off with calendar time, songs and instructions for the day. During the morning, children will explore the learning centers and teachers will facilitate activities around the monthly theme. Exploring our outside time is important and we provide our children both morning and afternoon large muscle exploration. Being attached to our Senior Campus, we can explore some amazing rooms including the Purple Rain music room! Our family-style lunchtime is a great week to learn wonderful social skills with our Grandfriends. We believe rest time is important for development and enjoy some downtime after lunch. Afternoon snack is open throughout our afternoon exploration of learning centers and then we end our day with fun outdoor activities before Mom or Dad pick us up!