• Verona Preschool Program

         The Verona Preschool Program has been in existence for over 30 years. Originally designed as a nursery school experience for children ages 3-5 with special needs, the program currently accepts both general education and special education students. The curriculum is aligned with the New Jersey Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards and incorporates Creative Curriculum. The daily routine includes small/large group experiences, circle time, play time, snack, motor activities and language activities.  

         Located at the Laning Avenue School, the Verona Preschool Program is in operation five days per week and follows the Verona Public Schools calendar. Morning and afternoon classes are available. Morning classes meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon classes meet from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monthly meetings focusing on a variety of topics related to the preschool child are available to all parents.

         General education enrollment is on a fee basis, limited to the number of available spaces and determined annually by lottery. Students who meet special education eligibility requirements may attend free of charge and are enrolled on their third birthday. Children accepted into the three-year-old program may remain for the four-year-old program. Children turning three years of age or four years of age by September 30th are elibigle for the lottery that is held each year in February. 

         For additional information, please contact Mrs. Giselle Ilic, Administrative Assistant, 973-571-2029 x 7520, gilic@veronaschools.org

    Our classroom activities include the following:

    • Art: Process art and produce art using materials such as paint, play dough, crayons, markers, glue and scissors
    • Language: Literature, story retell, dramatics, seasonal vocabulary, finger play, weekly classes with Speech/Language Specialist
    • Math: Shapes, colors, sequencing, quantitative concepts, measurement, number recognition, counting
    • Science: Classification, life cycles (butterflies, plants), weather, animals, nature
    • Music: Singing, movement, musical instruments, performances
    • Dramatics: Puppetry, role-playing, dress-up
    • Sensory & Motor: Puzzles, manipulatives & exploration of a variety of sensory materials (e.g., shaving cream, water, sand, macaroni, etc.), obstacle courses, outdoor playground, weekly movement group facilitated by Motor Specialists
    • Interactive White Board: Hands-on, interactive computer activities



    Activities Parents Can Do at Home: Below you will find some developmentally appropriate activities that parents can use with their children at home.

    Speech and Language Activities:
    - blow and pop bubbles 
    - blow pin wheels 
    - use straws to drink 
    - use noisemakers (party horns, blowers, etc..) 
    - make animal sounds
    - Name and describe objects your child find interesting (elaborate on its color, texture, size, shape, and use) 
    - Tell stories together about things you are doing 
    - Listen to your child, respond to comments, questions, and ideas 
    - Play games with your child 
    - Pretend with your child
    - Read to your child (read road signs, cereal boxes, store advertisements, billboards, 
    children's books, nursery rhymes, etc.)

    Gross Motor Activities
    - play ball games (catch, kick, roll, etc.) 
    - playground activities (seesaw, swings, slides, monkey bars, merry-go-rounds, ladders, climbing, running, etc.) 
    - ride a tricycle/bicycle 
    - encourage child to hop, skip, jump, gallop 
    - bounce on a trampoline 
    - use a ball to knock down milk cartons (bowling) 
    - follow the leader/ "Do as I do" 
    - Perform jumping jacks, stretching, tumbling, balance beam walking, standing on one leg, wheelbarrow walking, jump rope, etc.

    Fine Motor Activities:
    - stringing activities (use a shoe lace and string cheerios, fruit loops, buttons, uncooked noodles, and other materials)
    - arts and crafts ( squeeze glue bottle, using a hole punch, twisting pipe cleaners to make shapes, using stickers, stamp pads, using scissors to cut and snip, make a collage, etc.)
    - play board games with your child (e.g., Memory, Don't Break the Ice, ElePhun, Checkers, Don't Spill the Beans, Bed Bugs, Trouble)
    - play with Etch-a-Sketch and Lite Brite
    - use stencils to trace pictures and shapes 
    - make and play with playdough
    - finger paint with your child (use paint, shaving cream, silly foam) 
    - play with clothespins 
    - play with small objects and place in a slot (put pennies in a piggy bank, put pegs in a pegboard, put bingo chips on matching number/color) 
    - complete developmentally appropriate puzzles with your child
    - throw bean bags at a target, into a hoop, into a box 
    - encourage your child to paint at the easel

    Contact Information

    Mrs. Giselle Ilic, Administrative Assistant, 973-571-2029 x 7520, gilic@veronaschools.org

    Mrs. Grace Minervo-Buneo, Special Education Preschool Teacher, gminervobuneo@veronaschools.org

    Ms. Crystal Cruz, Special Eduation Preschool Teacher, ccruz@veronaschools.org

    Ms. Alana Fazio, Integrated Preschool Teacher, afazio@veronaschools.org