Sunny Hill Preschool has a child-centered, play-based philosophy. We believe in a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children two to five years of age, presented in an environment which fosters the individual child's emotional, social, physical, and cognitive skills. Our talented, professional team of early childhood educators create an environment that supports and develops a love of learning, respect, cooperation, leadership, an ability to make choices, pride in individual accomplishments and problem solving skills.
Our goal is to promote learning through the joy of discovery. Children, supported by our staff, are constantly thinking, exploring, experiencing, learning and testing new skills, and creating scaffolding for a lifetime of learning. As children grow and develop in our program, they are both nurtured and challenged as they move towards the greater independence that elementary school brings.
The focus of our preschool curriculum is to prepare children socially, emotionally and academically for the many challenges that elementary school brings. Our curriculum is guided and shaped by our experienced staff of early childhood educators, standards of developmentally appropriate practice, National Association for the Education of Young Children recommendations and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Guidelines for Preschool Curriculum Experiences. While the school is sponsored by the church, religion is not a part of the curriculum. Our classrooms also incorporate The Creative Curriculum and the Handwriting Without Tears Program into daily activities.
Sunny Hill offers many varied enrichment programs in addition to excellent classroom experiences. Children sing with our music teacher Mr. Greg, move with our Imagimotion Kidz teacher Miss Mary, and explore the world with special visitors throughout the year. Special programs each year include Rhythm Kids, Bonaparte, Curious Creatures, and other programs.
Music with Mr. Greg
We are excited to welcome back Mr. Greg to Sunny Hill Preschool this year. Greg Nikitas visits once a month for the 2.9, 3 and 4-year-old preschool classes at Sunny Hill. Greg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications & Media from Emerson College and also completed the Music Together Early Childhood Music Training Program. He has toured Massachusetts performing Aesop's Fables and the Brothers Grimm Fairy tales with the Central Mass Repertory Theater. Greg studied voice at the Indian Hill Music school and plays locally both as a solo acoustic artist and with his band. He is a featured artist of Great Big Planet and leads theatrical preschool shows all over New England. Greg learned to play the guitar and drums at an early age and uses these skills during his classes to keep things rocking!
Imagimotion Kidz with Miss Patty and Miss Becky
(www.imagimotionkidz.com) creative movement classes, twice per month for the 2.9, 3 and 4-year-old preschool classes at Sunny Hill Preschool. Imagimotion Kidz is a developmentally-based creative movement program for toddler through kindergarten age children, which stretches their imaginations through movement and music. In this safe, fun environment we promote motor development, rhythmical skills and positive self-esteems while encouraging exercise and physical fitness. Many of our classes are theme based and educational; as they learn about the colors of the rainbow with streamers and parachutes, or journey to the zoo and move like the animals. With the present American lifestyle, it is important to introduce and encourage children at a young age to develop a love for physical activity through fun activities that promote building strength, flexibility, and endurance. Our structured activities are age-appropriate and specifically designed for the developmental level of each class. Imagimotion Kidz has taught here at Sunny Hill since 2012.