The Beginning School


Preschool Program

  • Families can choose a half-day or full-day program.
  • Morning Drop-Off is 7:45-8:30 a.m., Afternoon Dismissal is 12:20 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.
  • Healthy snacks are served in the morning and afternoon.
  • A full program of specialist classes is provided including Spanish, Art, Music, Library, and PE.
  • Access to a Preschool-specific playground as well as campus pond and hiking trails provides plentiful outdoor opportunities.
  • Outdoor playtime occurs twice a day.
  • Theme-based program including Farms, Bears, Dinosaurs, and Gardening. 
  • STEAM/project-based designing and making is built into the curriculum. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
  • Students build language and understanding around identity including eye color, hair color, skin color, who is in my family, and more. 


The Preschool program welcomes many students for their very first school experience. Students are given the opportunity to learn how to learn, work, and play in a group environment. Because play is the way young students assimilate experiences, they are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of educational-play activities throughout their day. Instruction and practice in the skills of problem-solving, decision-making, and communication are incorporated into daily activities. Engaging, thematic units are designed to include instruction in all areas of child development: cognitive, social, emotional, and physical.  
The following list represents year-end benchmark goals for Preschool students. We acknowledge that some students have capabilities of going well beyond these basic expectations. In keeping with high expectations and differentiation, we can strive to meet the range of all abilities and needs.  

Curriculum Benchmarks

List of 4 items.


    • Separates well from family members or caregivers on most days
    • Begins to exhibit self-control
    • Attends during meeting times
    • Begins to share materials
    • Follows directions
    • Manages routines
    • Manages transitions
    • Takes turns
    • Uses good manners 
    • Participates and engages in group life of the class 
    • Engages in safe and positive play
    • Waits patiently
    • Displays kindness, respect, and care for others and the environment 

    • Begins to engage in self-help skills with increasing independence
    • Uses the bathroom independently
    • Begins to demonstrate an ability to hold and manipulate a variety of art and drawing tools
    • Navigates the Renbrook campus
    • Climbs playground equipment
    • Manages snack and lunch with increasing independence 

    • Expresses feelings
    • Expresses needs
    • Uses age-appropriate articulation
    • Begins to initiate and respond to peers and adults
    • Begins to contribute to group discussion with relevant comments 
    • Attends to read-alouds and storytelling 

    • Explores and investigates using five senses
    • Begins to ask questions about the natural world 
    • Begins to use tools to investigate (magnifying glass, magnets, Unifix cubes) 
    • Begins to use science vocabulary (sink, float, melt, freeze, solid, liquid)
    • Recognizes basic colors
    • Recognizes basic geometric shapes
    • Counts using one-to-one correspondence
    • Shows curiosity in number-related activities 

Janu-BEAR-y Theme

A Day in Preschool

  • Theme-Related Activity 
  • Choice time
  • Morning Meeting
  • Specials Class
    • Library, PE, Spanish, or Art
  • Snack
  • Story
  • Outdoor Play
  • Lunch
  • Rest
  • Outdoor play
  • Dismissal 

Renbrook School is a co-ed private day school serving students in Preschool - Grade 8 in West Hartford, CT.
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