Our Four-Year-Old Program (Pre-K) emphasizes the social and emotional skills necessary for both home and school. The children develop confidence to be independent workers and cooperative, helpful friends. Kindergarten readiness skills are an integral part of the Pre-K child’s day, while they are developing other social and gross motor skills.
We operate classrooms of four-year-olds on the following weekly schedules:
- 3 days in the morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
- 3 days in the afternoon from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
- 5 days in the morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m on Monday through Friday
Our Pre-K classes have 14 children in the regular-sized rooms and 16 children in the large classroom. Each class has two adults, a teacher and a teaching assistant. In the regular-sized classrooms, the student/teacher ratio is 7:1. In the larger classroom, we utilize volunteer parent helpers to keep the ratio less than 8:1.
Children must be 4 years of age by August 31st of their incoming year.
- Work Habits: demonstrate overall willingness to learn and participate in school activities, follow directions and routines, respond well to teacher's suggestions, work well in small groups, engage in classroom discussions, show responsibility for personal belongings
- Self Reliance Skills: use appropriate table manners, put on or take off jackets/outerwear independently, ask to use bathroom when necessary, wash hands properly and help clean-up classroom materials in a cooperative manner
- Social and Emotional Skills: respect other children, adults and school children, express emotions in acceptable ways, play and share with peers in a cooperative fashion, control and communicate feelings, show independence and pride in self, demonstrate awareness of personal space
- Cognitive Skills: recite alphabet, identify uppercase letters, recognize first name, recognize primary and secondary colors, show understanding of calendar and weather concepts
- Math Readiness: recognize numbers, counting in correct sequence, identify basic shapes, demonstrate understanding of 1:1 correspondence
- Communication Skills: listen attentively to stories, is able to respond to story by answering questions, speak clearly, wait turn to speak in group
- Fine Motor Skills: coordinate eye-hand movement by holding thin crayons, pencil and scissors correctly, painting, puzzle assembly, print first name and some letters using "Handwriting Without Tears" program, able to do zippers and buttons
- Gross Motor Skills: climbing, balance on right/left foot, jump in place on two feet, hop on one foot at a time, catch a ball, bounce or dribble a ball, skip and gallop
Sample Day Schedule
||Free art center, handwriting or fine motor table activity
||Circle Time: hello song, Pledge of Allegiance
||Calendar, weather, show and tell
||Music Class or Activity Room for art projects
||Team Time: work stations in small groups
||Dismissal at outside door or Lunch Bunch