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    How to Ease Your Child's Transition to Preschool

    Last updated 2 days 3 hours ago

    Preschool is a significant transition for your little one. It sets the foundation for early academic skills and a positive attitude toward learning in high school and beyond. When it’s time to enroll your little one in a private preschool, take some time to ease the transition. Your soon-to-be preschooler can benefit from learning how to play well with other children and understanding what to expect at his or her private school.

    Arrange Social Activities

    In a private preschool, your little one will develop important social skills. He or she will learn how to share, take turns, and generally get along with other children. You can facilitate your child’s social development and prepare him or her for preschool by arranging social activities. Enroll your little one in an enrichment class, where he or she will have the opportunity to interact with peers. Arrange playdates, both at your house and at others’ homes, to help your youngster learn how to play with others in various environments.

    Tour the Preschool

    Young children are often apprehensive about the unknown. You can ease your child’s concerns by arranging a tour of the private preschool. Your little one can see his or her classroom, meet the teacher, and perhaps meet some new classmates.

    Discuss What to Expect

    Check out some books on starting preschool from your local library and read them with your little one. Discuss the various aspects of preschool, such as reading time, naptime, and reuniting with a parent at the end of the school day. Use a positive tone of voice when discussing preschool to encourage your child to become excited about meeting new friends and learning new skills.

    At Quarry Lane School in Pleasanton, your little one will develop important academic, social, and emotional skills within our safe, nurturing environment. Our private preschool offers a full curriculum, including music, Spanish, and arts and crafts, in addition to the core academic subjects. Parents can request more information about our private school in Dublin and Pleasanton by calling our East or West campuses at (925) 394-4644. 

    Study Tips for College-Bound High School Seniors

    Last updated 8 days ago

    By the time a high school student at a college preparatory school reaches the senior year, he or she has likely already mastered many study techniques. However, there is always room for improvement. Students in private schools can begin preparing for the college environment by fine-tuning their time management skills and becoming accustomed to reading a great deal of material each week. High school students can also make an appointment with their college counselor to discuss effective study habits.

    Develop Time Management Skills                    

    By developing good habits and time management skills in high school, students are likely to enjoy great success in college. They can begin by setting aside a certain time each day to review classwork and notes. By studying each day, students can avoid attempting to cram for an exam the night before, which rarely has a favorable outcome. For effective time management, students should eliminate distractions during their studying time by turning off cell phones and other electronic gadgets.

    Find a Suitable Study Method

    High school students can experiment with various methods of studying to find one or two that are most effective for them. Many students prefer the flashcard method of studying, while others like to highlight important information in notes and review it. Some high school students find it effective to study in small groups, while others find it too distracting.

    Set Aside Time to Read Daily

    Although a college preparatory school will have a rigorous curriculum, high school seniors are still likely to find that the amount of required reading significantly increases in college. Seniors can prepare for the transition by assigning themselves supplementary reading material each week. For example, a student studying pollution in high school might wish to read “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson on his or her own time.

    High school students at Quarry Lane School undergo extensive college counseling beginning in the ninth grade. Our small class sizes and supportive faculty contribute to the academic and personal successes of our students. To learn about admissions to our college preparatory school, call our Dublin or Pleasanton campuses at (925) 394-4644.

    Spotlight on Student Travel Opportunities

    Last updated 15 days ago

    At Quarry Lane School, we believe in providing high school students with a rigorous curriculum and enrichment opportunities. Enrichment opportunities at our private school take many forms, from student clubs and associations to travel opportunities. Traveling during the high school years can impart a renewed sense of self-confidence to students. It opens their minds to new cultures and even new aspects of culture in their own country.

    Our high school adds new travel opportunities each year. For the 2014-2015 school year, students in grades nine through twelve have the opportunity to travel to Europe. For our younger students, we’re offering an Astro Camp opportunity, where students will study the stars and outer space through fun and engaging experiments. This is available for those in grades six. Seventh-graders have the opportunity to travel to Catalina Island to get hands on experience with the topics of life science they are studying in class. Eighth-graders may travel with their peers to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, exploring our nation’s capital and taking in all the amazing history and monuments that represent the United States.

    Parents of students who are interested in signing up for a travel opportunity may contact Quarry Lane School at (925) 394-4644. Prospective students are encouraged to schedule a tour of our private school in Dublin and Pleasanton.

    A Brief Overview of Our Young Preschool Program

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Your child may begin his or her college-prep education as early as the age of 2 with the Young Preschool Program at Quarry Lane School. This program is for children at the ages of 2-3, and it provides students with a fun and unique learning experience to get them excited about school.

    Each month has a theme such as individuality, self-awareness, and responsibility, which is reflected in lessons of language development in English and Spanish, music classes, basic math skills, and social development. Students remain engaged in class with activities like arts and crafts, music, library visits, and science experiments. These activities combine academics with play to create an approachable curriculum that students will enjoy.

    If you have a child entering preschool, begin your search at Quarry Lane Preschool with campuses in east and west Pleasanton. You can call us to get more information about our program at (925) 394-4644. 

    Exploring the Educational Goals of Preschool

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you look at a preschool classroom, you might think that children are just playing around, but playtime is actually an effective teaching tool for children at the ages of 3-4. Preschool may not have strict academic standards, but it does offer children a chance to learn some essential skills that will accelerate their learning in grade school. Here is a closer look at the academic areas of focus in the preschool classroom

    Foundations for reading

    Children aren’t learning to read just yet in preschool, but they should be participating in story time and learning the alphabet. Children may also begin printing letters, recognizing and writing their names and some common nouns and phrases.

    Object recognition

    Preschoolers spend a good deal of class time completing art projects to help them recognize shapes, colors, and objects. As children learn object recognition, they will also practice drawing and cutting to improve their hand-eye coordination.

    Counting and number sense

    Counting exercises will help children learn numbers in sequence and begin to understand how numbers correspond to objects. Children may love to count anything and everything as they learn numbers, so encourage them to count during snack time and play time at home.

    Social skills

    One of the most important reasons for children to attend preschool is the social interaction that happens in the classroom. Children learn to share and work cooperatively as they use the same materials for arts and crafts or create large projects together. Young children also learn to communicate with each other and build friendships that may last for years to come.

    Quarry Lane Preschool in Pleasanton provides a great start for college-bound children in their very first academic experiences. To learn about the curriculum and teachers at our two preschool campuses in Pleasanton, visit our website or call (925) 394-4644. You can also get to know our school by attending an open house event for parents. 

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