Building Blocks

Building Blocks Preschool Programs

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REGISTRATION OPEN NOW - SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR 2018/19

Gilbert Public Schools is proud to offer Building Blocks Preschool, a full day preschool program that allows your 3, 4, or young 5-year-old firsthand experiences of what it means to be a student. Our uniquely designed curriculum, based on the AZ Early Childhood Standards, helps create a foundation for your young student to build upon as they move towards their school career. The goal of Building Blocks is to help prepare our children for Kindergarten, feeling comfortable and confident within the school environment.

 Curriculum

We believe academics and social development are intertwined, and that curriculum is a living, growing aspect of preschool. We have a commitment to each school’s design and firmly believe that this commitment is crucial to our students’ success. We begin by understanding that every student is different. We focus on using each student’s strengths to build upon those areas that need developing. Learning is applied through academics and exploratory play. These activities can be child directed or teacher directed. With a fluid schedule, teachers are then able to assess transitions and begin to build a foundation tailored to each individual student.

AZ Early Learning Standards is the framework to our curriculum, and it is annually accessed to ensure best practices. The Building Blocks’ module is influenced by kindergarten standards and is collaborative with kindergarten teachers. Fundations and sight words are introduced through 4 small-sided learning centers and 3 large group centers based on weekly themes with built in “Brain Breaks” between learning centers. “Brain Breaks” are equally important both inside and outside of the classroom with opportunities for PE, Library, Music, Art, etc. Building Blocks passionately encourages school involvement through fun runs, assemblies, school pictures, spirit weeks, and many other fun, site-specific activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Our 4’s program requires the child to be 4 years old on or before August 31st. Our 3’s program requires the child to be 3 years old on or before August 31st. Both programs require children who participate in the program to be fully potty trained, no pull-ups.

Scheduling

Building Blocks provides a flexible, a la carte, “you pick” schedule. Our Extended Day option is from 6:30am - 6:00pm. Our School Day option is from 8:15 am – 3:15 pm. There are both weekly and daily rates applicable to both options. Scheduling can be done through an online platform, which allows you to pay and create your schedule for each week.

Snacks & Lunches

Building Blocks will provide a full healthy breakfast for those families choosing the extended day option. Family style snacks will be provided to all students. Building Blocks’ students will be eating in the school cafeteria. Although lunch will not be provided, student will be enrolled in the school lunch program so they may purchase hot lunch

 

Building Blocks for 3-Year-Olds

Building Blocks 3’s

Within the 3’s program, students will engage with specially designed, curriculum-based material. By utilizing circle time students are introduced to letters, numbers, colors, days of the week, months, and weather. While using a small group setting, our 3-year-olds’ complete six learning centers a day. In between learning centers are lunch, rest time, and exploration play. The day begins and concludes with a structured based play which focusses on socialization.



Building Blocks Preschool for 4-Year-Olds

Building Blocks 4’s

By constructing curriculum containing a more challenging approach to the same subjects included in our 3’s program, our 4 and young 5-year-olds continue to master letters, numbers, colors, the calendar, writing their names, addresses, phone numbers, and begin preparation for reading readiness. Socialization and opportunities to build friendships are encouraged throughout our before and after-school day schedule. Upon completion of the Building Blocks program, our students have the foundation in place to enter kindergarten with the tools, experiences, and passion for learning, that helps to ensure academic success now and well into the future.


 

Daily Routine & Standards

(Sample Schedule)

6:30-8:15 Free Rotations & Family Style Breakfast

8:15-8:30 Brain Breaks

8:30-9:00 Circle Time & Calendar

9:00-10:20 Small Group Learning Centers

10:20-10:30 Brain Breaks

10:30-11:00 Recess

11:00-11:30 Lunch

11:30-1:00 Rest Time and Quiet Activities

 1:00-1:45  Brain Breaks & Reading Readiness

1:45-2:45 Small Group Learning Centers

2:45-3:00 Snack Time

3:00-3:30 Story, Music & Movement, Circle Time

3:30-6:00 Free Rotations & Recess

(All schedules are subject to change per site.)

 

Instruction based on AZ Early Learning Standards

Small Learning Centers include;

Language and Literacy Standards

Mathematics Standards

Science Standards

Social Studies Standards

Physical Development, Health and Safety Standards

Fine Art Standards 

Each week is highlighted with a theme, letter, number or mathematic principles, fine art elements & principles, or language and literacy principles.    

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018-2019 YEAR - SPACES STILL AVAILABLE:

Building Blocks Parent Handbook 2018-2019

To register your child:  If you have never created an online family account, click "New Account".  If you have previously set up a family account, click "Existing Account".

Click Here for New Account Registration
Click Here for Existing Account Registration

 
PLEASE NOTE: If you have already registered for GPS Enrichment (formally Club Discovery), VIK Club or the Kindercamp Program, please submit your registration for additional class/classes through your existing account, using your username and password.

Once logged in, click the REGISTRATION tab to register for a class.

Questions?  
Call the Community Education Office at 480-892-9089 ext. 100.

For those families without computer access, Community Partnerships has computer terminals available at our office located at 6839 E. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa.

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Registration / Fees (non-refundable) 2018-2019 School Year

February 12th - May 31st- $25 registration
June 1st - August 31st - $35 registration
September
 1st and beyond - $50 registration

School Day 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
$34.00 a day, $165.00 weekly


Full Day 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
$40.00 a day, $180.00 weekly

Discounts 5% Sibling discount
GPS employee discounts available

BUILDING BLOCKS 4'S LOCATION OPTIONS:

Ashland Ranch
1945 S. Ashland Ranch
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(Off Val Vista, between Ray & Williams Field Rd.) 

Burk Elementary 
545 N. Burk Street
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(On Burk, between Elliot & Ray)

Canyon Rim Elementary 
3045 S. Canyon Rim
Mesa, AZ 85212
Off Guadalupe, between Ellsworth & Crismon)

Carol Rae Elementary
3777 E. Houston Avenue
Gilbert, Arizona 85235
(Off Recker Rd, between Guadalupe and Baseline)

Finley Farms Elementary
375 South Columbus Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85296
(Off Greenfield, between Elliot & Warner)
 
Gilbert Elementary (Dual-Language)
175 W. Elliot Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
(Off Gilbert & Elliot)

Islands Elementary 
245 McQueen Road
Gilbert, AZ  85233
(Off McQueen, between Warner & Elliot)

Meridian Elementary (NEW LOCATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR)
3900 S. Mountain Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
(On Mountain, between Elliot & Warner) 
  
Settler's Point Elementary
423 E. Settlers Point Dr.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
(Off Lindsay, between Warner & Ray)

Sonoma Ranch Elementary 
601 N. Key Biscayne Drive
Gilbert, AZ  85234
(Off Guadalupe, between Val Vista & Greenfield)

Spectrum Elementary
2846 S. Spectrum Way
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(Off Val Vista, between Williams Field Rd & Pecos)

Superstition Springs Elementary 
7125 E. Monterey Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85209
(Off Power Rd, between Baseline & Guadalupe Rd)

BUILDING BLOCKS 3'S LOCATION OPTIONS:

Canyon Rim Elementary 
3045 S. Canyon Rim
Mesa, AZ 85212
Off Guadalupe, between Ellsworth & Crismon)

Carol Rae Elementary
3777 E. Houston Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85235
(Off Recker Rd, between Guadalupe and Baseline)

Finley Farms Elementary 
375 South Columbus Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85296
(Off Greenfield, between Elliot & Warner)

Gilbert Elementary (Dual-Language) 
175 W. Elliot Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
(Off Gilbert & Elliot)

Highland Park Elementary (NEW LOCATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR)
230 N. Cole Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(Off Elliot, between Recker & Higley)

Meridian Elementary (NEW LOCATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR)
3900 S. Mountain Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
(On Mountain, between Elliot & Warner)

Sonoma Ranch Elementary (NEW LOCATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR)
601 N. Key Biscayne Drive
Gilbert, AZ  85234
(Off Guadalupe, between Val Vista & Greenfield) 
 
Spectrum Elementary
2846 S. Spectrum Way
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(SW corner of Val Vista & Williams Field) 

Superstition Springs Elementary 
7125 E. Monterey Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85209
(Off Power Rd, between Baseline & Guadalupe Rd)

* Locations are subject to change.


Hours:
Regular school day, M-F 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Full school day, M-F 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM

 

 

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