student drawing on art board

Preschool

The Preschool program is designed to provide a nurturing, active environment for your child.

Like you, we consider these early years to be critical in healthy development. We therefore provide outstanding primary caregivers and small class sizes to allow for individualized care.

Hours

  • Preschool
    Open from 6:30 am - 6:30 pm Mon - Fri.
  • Part-time attendance is also available
    2-day (Tues/Thurs) and 3-day (Mon/Wed/Fri).
preschool teacher reading to students

Student–Teacher Ratio

Our infant to preschool rooms are separated by age and/or stages of development:

Class Age SC DSS Standards Our Ratio
Infants Birth to 1 5:1 4:1
Toddlers 1 to 2 6:1 4:1
Pre-Preppers 2 to 3 8:1 6:1
Preppers 3 to 4 12:1 10:1
Pre-K 4 to 5 20:1 10:1

A small student–teacher ratio allows our instructors to reflect the home environment in the classroom, nurturing and instructing your child both mentally and socially. Your child will be able to explore an age-appropriate learning environment, while routines provide stability and consistency. Children are routinely cuddled, hugged, and comforted, not only in times of trouble, but also to establish a strong trusting relationship with their caregiver.

In Their Words

  • “After moving back to Germany our daughter continued her school career without any problems. Instead of starting regularly at the first year of elementary school she started in the second year!”
  • “Within a week of placing our infant at Carolina Prep, he 'came alive'. He was happy to be dropped off, he was more interactive. It was a stark difference for us.”

Terrific Teachers

When selecting our teachers, we consider prospective employees as whole individuals. What is her education and experience in the classroom? What are her core values and how does she attend to children individually and as a group?

By the time our team makes a selection, we have invested hours in becoming acquainted with that person. Carolina Prep also provides training to new employees to excite and prepare them for their new roles.

Infant and Toddler

Our infant and toddler curriculum includes:

  • American Sign Language, to develop early communication skills.
  • Developmental Assessment, to identify needs, strengths, and interests.
  • The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, to provide rich learning experiences at each developmental stage.

Tuition is all-inclusive. We provide breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks, and a hot lunch. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, blankets, and cot sheets are also included.

Pre-preppers to Pre-K Curriculum

Our Preschool curriculum is fine-tuned for each developmental year and includes:

  • The Core Knowledge Curriculum, to introduce your child to a shared body of knowledge that will be used throughout his or her time at Carolina Prep. The Core Knowledge Sequence provides a solid foundation for future, more advanced learning.
  • The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, to allow your child self-directed and guided choices within an age-appropriate learning environment. Emerging interests are fostered through activities, projects, and changes in the learning environment.
  • Developmental Assessment, to help identify each child’s unique needs, strengths, and interests.

iPads are available to preschool classrooms to enhance learning and allow for individualized tasks.

For more information about our preschool program, call us at 864-385-6020!

Class Blogs

Each Preschool teacher keeps an up-to-date blog for their classroom:

Infant 1
Diapers and dimples

Infant 2
Acorns to oak trees

Toddlers
Toddler tales

Pre-preppers
A curious and active bunch

Preppers
Growing curiosity meets a world of fun

Pre-K
Solid foundations with Mrs. Sharpless

Preschool students participate in enrichment courses five days per week and are an integral component in our curriculum program.

We love watching our students develop in a multitude of ways as they engage in these creative and active disciplines.

Art

Young children view art as a means of exploration and discovery. They are more interested in “doing” the art than how it turns out. Our preschool program is based on this principle of process, not product. The children are given a wide variety of art materials, shown how to use the media, and then are left to create.

All of the art we create is open-ended and designed for the students. Art allows children to explore and discover their world and nurtures their inventiveness. The art process aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation. Participating in art activities and learning about art history helps children understand human experience, adapt to and respect others’ ways of working and thinking, and communicate thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways. The results are amazing!

Music

Carolina Prep offers a full and well rounded music education program. Studies have shown that early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. There is also a link between music and spatial intelligence, the ability to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures.

The Preschool program consists of daily singing, activities that work on pitch, the solfege scale (do, re, mi…), and note recognition. Movement is also incorporated into our routine; we use full body “choice and directed” movements and body percussion. A wide range of instruments are available in our music room, and the students have the opportunity to use both pitched and unpitched instruments. We also learn how to keep a steady beat and play a variety of rhythmic patterns.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education program provides students with broad and diverse experiences five days a week. The children are exposed to classic physical education activities in dance, gymnastics, soccer, floor hockey, and bowling, as well as contemporary programs like yoga, tinikling, and orienteering. In addition to the obvious benefits of daily physical activity and creating healthy exercise habits, our program will help build confidence and physical skills in any activities that our children decide to pursue.

preschool students in physical education class

Foreign Language

Preschool students at Carolina Prep attend daily classes in Spanish. A typical lesson plan includes songs, rhymes, games, play-acting with puppets, and other physical activities that appeal to the students. Children learn by doing, therefore, much of what they do in class is learned through a process called “Total Physical Response”. The students learn things that pertain to their life such as greetings, numbers, colors, shapes, body parts, and more.

Learning foreign languages at an early age has many benefits, including:

  • a positive effect on intellectual growth and enriching and enhancing children’s mental development.
  • gaining more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • improving children’s understanding of his/her native language.
  • opening the door to other cultures and helping children understand and appreciate people from other countries.

Extracurriculars

Carolina Prep conveniently brings many popular extracurricular programs on-site for your student.

Yoga

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Greenville Academy of Martial Arts

Available to both our after school students and our Prepper and Pre-K children on Friday afternoons, Greenville Academy of Martial Arts teaches 30-minute Kung Fu classes each week.

For more information, visit www.GreenvilleAcademy.com.

Dance

Let’s Dance, a studio in Mauldin, offers three age-appropriate dance classes at Carolina Prep. Depending upon the age of the child, students can take ballet, tap, creative movement, or a combination.

For more information, visit www.letsdancesc.com.

Soccer Shots

On Monday afternoons, children aged 2 1/2 to 5 can enjoy learning fun soccer techniques and from Soccer Shots.

For more information, visit www.SoccerShots.org.

Tumblebus

Tumblebus of Greenville is a specialized gymnastics program developed for children of all skill levels. Children ages 2 to 5 can enjoy fitness in a school bus that has been refurbished into a fun and safe gymnasium!