Deer Valley Academy preschool commences |

Deer Valley Academy preschool commences

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff
Deer Valley Academy, a brand new preschool at the ski resort, opened last week. Students do several hands-on projects throughout the day. Here they are working on a flag to commemorate Sept. 11, which will be presented to local firefighters.

This fall there will be preschoolers romping around on Deer Valley trails.

The resort’s preschool, Deer Valley Academy, opened on Tuesday of last week and included in the childrens’ schedule is plenty of outdoor time.

"Pretty much we’re outside on the mountains every day," said teacher Jenn Taylor.

Academy supervisor Monica Gurry said the resort has wanted to have a preschool since opening its doors. Parents and community members also asked the resort to offer it. Now they finally are, Gurry said.

Many students participating in the preschool attended one of the resort’s summer programs.

"A lot of the kids are excited to be back here," she said.

The new preschool also allows Deer Valley to offer children’s programs year-round.

The academy uses the Exceed Curriculum, which Gurry explained includes lots of hands-on activities to keep children engaged. For example, last week Taylor’s class learned about mixing. They saw what happened when sugar and water were combined and also made glue for a craft project.

Weeks are focused by themes. This week the theme is "Me." Students will learn more about themselves and also go on a theme-related field trip to the doctors office, said Taylor.

The theme of last week was "school" and gave the children an introduction to how the days were going to be structured, Gurry said.

"The first week went really well," Taylor said.

A standard day includes activities, a nutritious snack and nap time where the children time on cots while listening to classical music. Students are taught shapes, numbers and colors in addition to other things.

"We focus on math, science, language and literacy," Gurry said.

It is rewarding when a student begins to understand concepts he or she has been working on such as reciting the alphabet or solving a puzzle, Taylor said.

The program is capped at 29 students per day. Openings are still available. The program is divided into infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The full-day program runs from 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m., extended hours are offered from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The morning session lasts from 8 a.m. 11 a.m., with the afternoon session lasting from noon 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Deer Valley Resort at 645-6522.

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