Watching Pine Crest Students Grow, From the First Day to the Last: Lisa Weihe

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 1, 2022 at 12:59 PM

For 37 years, Mrs. Lisa Weihe has been driving the same route from home to Pine Crest School. A beloved pre-kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Weihe began her tenure when her eldest daughter started pre-kindergarten in 1985. 

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Topics: Lower School, Faculty, Pre-kindergarten, 2022

Using Summertime to Prepare Your Child for Pre-Kindergarten

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 21, 2020 at 1:09 PM

Setting your child up for success begins with you! As a parent, you are your child’s very first teacher. School readiness is not just about learning the ABCs and 123s—young children need to learn skills such as: listening to a set of instructions, following multi-step directions, becoming comfortable with routines, sitting quietly for whole group instruction, keeping hands to themselves, and self-regulation. 

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Topics: Lower School, Pre-kindergarten, Pine Crest School, Fine Motor Skills

Planning Your Admission Visit to Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 30, 2020 at 10:21 AM

An important part of applying for admission to an independent school is getting to know the school and assessing if it is right for your family.

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Topics: Lower School, Upper School, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, Pine Crest School, Pine Crest Summer

Develop Your Child's Fine Motor Skills

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 21, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Families applying to independent schools often ask how they may prepare their children for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. While each school may have different admission criteria, one area that many schools evaluate is a child’s fine motor skills.

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Topics: Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Fine Motor Skills

Why Pine Crest School Students Create Digital Portfolios

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 19, 2019 at 12:03 PM

By Danielle Weisfisch ’20

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Topics: Innovation, Student Life, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, Academics, Giving, Pine Crest Fund, Computer Science, Social and Emotional Learning

Top Tools for Techy Tots: Computer Science & Robotics in the Pre-Primary Classroom

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 7, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Today’s pre-primary aged students are presented with a variety of different tech tools, many of which we use at Pine Crest School.

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Topics: Lower School, Innovation, Faculty, Pre-kindergarten, Innovation Institute, 2019, Robotics, Pine Crest School, Computer Science

Innovation Curriculum in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 28, 2018 at 10:13 AM

At Pine Crest School innovation is part of the curriculum from day one. Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students visit the Zimmerman Family iLab, or the Mintz Family iLab each month, and have computer science class twice a week.

Students are exposed to basic algorithmic thinking and logical reasoning through elementary coding classes. Students use applications on iPads, like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Bee-Bot, and Codeable to learn to sequence and debug code. Students see their code come to life in the small robots that complement the applications they use.  

Digital portfolios are also part of their computer science and technology curriculum. Students upload samples of their assignments, or “artifacts,” to reflect on what they have learned. These portfolios will follow them throughout their academic careers at Pine Crest.

During their time in the iLabs, students are exposed to organic gardening and engineering challenges. They are exposed to the design thinking process showing students how to research, ideate, experiment, and reflect as to problem-solve and think creatively.  

Students are given design challenges exposing them to the engineering process and teaching them to manipulate materials and construction techniques appropriate for their age level. Additionally, students use Squishy Circuits to learn the basics of electricity and circuitry.

This innovative curriculum is designed for students to take risks and fail forward.

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Design Thinking

Why You Should Invest in Pre-Kindergarten

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 5, 2018 at 3:27 PM
By Alice Rau  ’20
With an increasing emphasis on the importance of attending a great high school, it may be tempting to hold off on sending your child to preschool to save a little money. However, according to studies of brain development and early childhood education, pre-kindergarten may be the most vital time for children to develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
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Topics: 2018, Lower School, Admission, Pre-kindergarten