Early Pre-School

Welcome to the Early Pre-School Classroom!

2 1/2 – 3 years

teacher working with thre preschool children We are proud to offer a 9-3 school day experience with independent and group activities each for Early Preschool students. Early Preschool is 2 1/2 to 3 year old students who are fully potty trained and ready for a full day preschool. The Discover-Learn Achieve curriculum is designed to introduce students to multiple subjects while allowing them to learn through exploration and imagination. Students interact with their peers, reinforcing social confidence as well s independence. Through age-appropriate lesson plans designed around their needs and interests, Dublin Learning Academy is able to assist Early Preschool students as they meet personal learning targets in fun and educational ways.

Developmental Milestones

The care and development of each Early Preschool child are the top priorities of our experienced teachers and staff. We work closely with our Early Preschool children to be sure each child is working towards achievement goals at DLA. Our teachers strive for, assess, and celebrate the following regularly for each child.

Language Arts

  • Uses language to desribe time (i.e. tomorrow)
  • Introduction to printing letters & numbers
  • Expresses complete thoughts verbally
  • Recognizes letters by sight & sound
  • Holds books correctly (open on right)
  • Looks through books left to right
  • Predicts what is next in a story
  • Identifies familiar words
  • Identifies lower case letters
  • Writes first name


  • Understands concept of counting
  • Counts & recognizes numbers
  • Copes numbers 1-20
  • Identifies 10 basic shapes
  • Identifies coins)
  • Counts to 25

Motor Skills

  • Walks in a line
  • Follows directions
  • Dresses self in winter gear
  • Holds and uses scissors correctly
  • Uses left/right hand as dominate
  • Traces lines, letters, numbers
  • Puts shoes on correct feet
  • Holds pencil correctly


  • Knows living things need food, water & air
  • Compares items using words (i.e. bigger)
  • Investigates animals & their habitats
  • Copies & completes simple patterns
  • Sorts objects by size, shape, and color
  • Knowledgeable with the calendar
  • Explores details of each season
  • Understands the five senses
  • Identifies groupings

Social Skills

  • Explorers extended & immediate family units
  • Uses manners, including “please” and “thank you”
  • Follows instructions and discipline policy willfully
  • Motivated to be independent and not dependent
  • Communicates needs and wants clearly
  • Plays cooperatively with other children
  • Demonstrates self control with emotions
  • Recites home telephone number
  • Stays focused on the task at hand
  • Handles restroom tasks independently
  • Shares materials/ideas with peers
  • Understands the concept of rules
  • Follows 2 to 3 step instructions
  • Takes pride in one’s own work
  • Separates easily from parent
  • Respects school property
  • Uses good hygiene etiquette
  • Controls voice
  • District Curriculum
Dublin Learning Academy offers quality childcare and learning opportunities for infant through school age children from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. using small class sizes, child oriented classrooms and stimulating curriculum, including:
  • Music
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Foreign Language
  • Art
  • Physical Education
Dublin Learning Academy teachers provide a fun and safe place for children to learn and grow at their own pace. Children gain confidence as they are guided through a unique year-round comprehensive curriculum that is comprised of month-long themes designed exclusively for Dublin Learning Academy students, such as:
  • Four Seasons
  • Camping Fun
  • Transportation
  • The Human Body
  • Animals
  • Space
  • Family & Friends
  • Oceans & Continents
  • Our Country
  • Community Helpers
  • Safety Towne

Focus in the Early Preschool Classroom

Children are encouraged to explore and discover new ways to learning daily. Early Preschool children are introduced to a daily school schedule, including language arts units that focus on expanding the child’s current vocabulary. Early Preschool students refine skills by exploring math concepts and learn more about the world around them by observing and participating in classroom science experiments. Using social skills, Preschool students will be introduced to their roles and responsibilities in the world.

Rewards & Discipline

Early Preschool teachers encourage children with behavior charts and lots of praise! Children are rewarded for such things as: “using gentle hands,” sharing, clean-up and good “listening ears.” When a child is displaying inappropriate behavior, the teacher will re-direct them. When inappropriate is continually displayed, children sit in a “Thinking Chair” to think about making better choices.


Early Preschool students bring packed lunches or purchase a catered lunch. Students who come before 8:30 a.m. may bring breakfast to eat at school. Dublin Learning Academy provides snacks for Early Preschool students as well as milk at both meals and snack times. Please note that due to the health risks of students with severe allergies, Dublin Learning Academy has a school-wide peanut-free policy. Microwaves and refrigerators are located in the classroom for food storage convenience. Parents are responsible for supplying a labelled water bottle for their child each day.

Nap Time

Early Preschool children take a nap each day after lunch. Each child has their own cot for nap time. Parents provide a sheet which is sent home the last school day of the week to wash and return the following week.

Enrolling your child in the Early Preschool Class

The decision to enroll your child is an exciting one! We want to make the transition for your family a pleasant one. Please complete and return all paperwork before your child’s first day. You may want to consider labeling all personal items in advance as well. The office is available to answer any time!
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. Mark Van Doren

Personal Items

  • 1 Water Bottle (labeled)
  • Crib sheet for cot (as needed)
  • Extra set of clothing
  • Balanced Daily lunch (if needed)
  • School supplies as requested by the teacher

Forms of Paperwork

  • Tuition Agreement
  • Student Profile
  • Child Enrollment/Health Information Form
  • Pick Up Authorization Form
  • Medical/Physical Care Plan (if needed)
  • Parent Handbook Agreement
  • Family Key Agreement
  • Media Form
  • Medical Statement

Ratio: 1:5 Class Size: Max 10 Full-Time: 6:30am – 6:00pm (5 days/wk) Part-Time: Available