Our 4 ½ year old daughter, Brianna has been attending the Big Barn Preschool for almost a year now. Brianna absolutely loves the teachers and students at the school and often does not want to leave when we come pick her up each day. She is always asking for 5 more minutes.
We love everything about Big Barn Preschool. Bonnie and her teaching staff are all awesome and interact really well with the children. During the school year they constantly teach a wide variety of different subjects and my daughter has learned a lot and improved a lot since she started last Fall. (She was previously at a home daycare.) During the Summer, they have different fun activities indoors and out, and different themes. They are able to play outside in the school playground and run in the sprinkler.
What makes Big Barn Preschool “Go above and beyond?” They have excellent days / hours and our daughter is able to attend preschool and daycare all at one place (all day long) and she does not have to be transported back and forth anywhere. They have approximately 4 teachers and 24 children or so and there are no older kids there. They are able to make close friendships and the parents also are able to meet other parents at the family nights, the Winter Holiday program, and Graduation ceremony.
I like that they do not have electronics there for the children. My daughter is on the I-Pad at home all the time and I really like that at school she participates in regular (non-electronic) activities throughout the day (reading / puzzles / coloring / painting etc…) She often comes home all excited about the book they read at school that day.
Big Barn Preschool also goes year-round and only takes a few days off for Summer / Fall transition cleaning and the rest of the holidays are the same holidays we get off at work already. They offer refunds if your child is sick with a qualifying doctor’s note. The rates are reasonable. Field trips are always fun and they are brought to the school (so they don’t have to go out anywhere). They have also brought in professionals to do school photos, vision checks, hearing checks, dentists, etc. They have a catering service to provide snacks and meals. The building itself is quite unique and fun and looks recently remodeled on the inside.