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Welcome to the Preschool

Welcome to the Preschool

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our Preschool at the German School Washington D.C. (DSW)! We are about to open our doors for the upcoming school year and are looking forward to seeing you and your children in the coming school year.

On the first day of school, the teachers will greet all the students in the morning and will acquaint the children with the different rooms. Then, it is time to say good-bye to you, the parents. Children react differently in this situation. The separation from parents during the first day of school is an important stage of development, and the teachers will be there to support you and your children in the process.

We have a daily circle time, where students get to know each other. During circle time, we sing songs, read books, and learn in a playful way. We also offer theme-oriented Arts and Crafts, play outside on the playground and lots more.

The content and structure of our educational programs are reflected in our daily activities. We support the following skills, abilities and interests of the children during the school year:
- Social and emotional competencies/skills
- Cognitive development and skills
- Nature, science and environmental knowledge
- Art, music and dance
- Movement and physical development
- Play, creating and experimentation
- Intercultural learning
- Media competency
- Fantasy & role-plays
- Building and constructing
- Pre-Math concepts
- Food and nutrition
- Health and hygiene

Our teachers will provide you with a monthly plan throughout the school year as well as activity reports and photographs. The teachers plan the day in our Preschool, carry out projects, design the classroom keeping in mind the educational goals, stimulate play and they may suggest games to play at home.

Observation is a key task for the teachers and plays a major role in planning the daily activities, since the range of educational opportunities in a preschool are not simply accomplished by following a routine schedule. In fact, many activities are developed from the observable interests and experiences of the preschoolers in the classrooms and are developed through an ongoing process.

It is important for parents and teachers to communicate openly.

- All teachers offer designated office hours. Meetings can take place in person or by phone. Please make an appointment ahead of time.
- Brief questions may be asked during drop-off and pick-up times.
- You can send an email to our teachers if you need more information about your child's developmental progress.
- Should anything out of the ordinary happen during the day, the teachers will contact you.
- Please come to parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child's development in the Preschool.

Further information can be found in our handbook and in our educational concept guidebook.

Please complete these two forms (MSDE-Form, OCC-Form) and hand them in on the first day of school.

Last but not least, we would like to share information on two new offers in our program:

1. Extended Care for 2-year-olds

Starting in the school year 2015/16, we are extending the age range of the Extended Care Program from 3:00 to 4:45pm to include 2-year-olds.. The fee for this program for the 2-year-olds is $4,200 for the entire school year and you can enroll your child using this  registration form for the Extended Care Program.

2. English Enrichment program for 3 to 4-year-olds

With the start of the school year 2015/16, we will be offering an English Enrichment Program for our 3 to 4-year-olds at the Preschool. It will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:45pm. The focus of this program is the development of age-appropriate English language skills. Children with no or little prior English skills will learn the English language naturally through stories, songs, and games in a playful environment. We strengthen phonetic awareness and comprehension of spoken English in small group activities. The preschoolers will also be exposed to American culture, literature, values and traditions. The fee for this program is $2,000 for the entire school year. You can enroll your child using this registration form for the English Enrichment Program.

A warm welcome!

Mojdeh Khojasteh and the Preschool Team

Preschool Principal


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