Children at PONS enjoy science experiments, dramatic play, creative art, and many hands-on activities. We read books, sing songs, play musical instruments, chart the weather, and count everything in sight. We play outside every day - weather permitting. Visit us on Facebook to see more about the day-to-day life at PONS.
Our programs are based on the knowledge that children learn best when they are actively involved and can use all of their senses to explore and learn. The program promotes the development of social skills through individual choice time and play, as well as various group activities.
The class meets together at "circle time" to share stories, play games, and learn about each other and the world around us.
Our curriculum includes letter and number recognition, shapes and colors, and a variety of units on topics such as families, friends, nutrition, our five senses, community helpers, sea life, and dinosaurs. Learning centers within the classroom give children the opportunity to explore, create, experiment, and learn at their own pace. We recognize the value and importance of play.
Teachers encourage and enrich the children's play to help them learn cooperation and problem-solving skills and to develop curiosity and self esteem. One of our most important goals is to encourage the development of enthusiastic learners. We want the children to be excited about learning. Giving the children the opportunity to make choices during the day helps us achieve this goal as well as helping the children develop creativity, independence, and self-confidence.
Our classes are for children ages three, four, and five, with two mixed-age group sessions meeting Monday through Thursday. Children may attend two, three, or four days a week in either the morning (9:00am to 12:00pm) or afternoon (12:15 pm to 3:15pm) session. Children also have the option of attending a full day session from 9:00am to 3:15pm; they will be given a break for lunch (parents must provide lunch) and a rest period. We encourage children preparing for Kindergarten to attend three to four sessions per week.
Earth Day on the Green April 27
The 2019 Earth Day celebration on the Branford Green will be Saturday April 27th. PONS is encouraging all of its families to attend the event and get involved in the town's activities as a great way to help the environment.
Parents Night Out April 27th
Parents Night Out 6pm at LOCAL Kitchen and Beer Bar in Branford.
Clean-up/Fix-it Day May 4th
Please join the other PONS families the first Saturday in May to help keep the school and playground clean and in good shape. (Rain date May 5th.) We will need volunteers to help wash toys, rake leaves, pull weeds, and anything else that needs to be spruced up. Bring the children, who can help or play - or both! RSVP to Sara or Anne.
Info coming soon!