4-Year-Old Program

4-year-olds enjoying a snackOur 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:

  • 2 days in the morning from 9:00 to 1:00 pm on Tuesday/Thursday
  • 2 full days with flexible hours from 7:30-5:00pm on Tuesday/Thursday
  • 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
  • 3 days in the morning from 9am- 1pm on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • 3 full days with flexible hours from 7:30-5:00pm on Monday/Wednesday/Friday
  • 5 days in the morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m on Monday through Friday
  • 5 full days with flexible hours from 7:30-5:00 pm

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Our Pre-K classes have up to 15 children in each classroom. Each class has two adults, a teacher and a teaching assistant. In the regular-sized classrooms, the student/teacher ratio is 8:1.

Children must be 4 years of age by August 31st of their incoming year.

Please note: The Phoenixville Area School District has recently opened Kindergarten registration to children who attain the age of 5 on or before September 30. If you are located in the PASD and have a child with a birthday in September, please contact our director at director@zionlutheranpreschool.com to discuss your child's individual plan for preschool.

Educational Objectives

  • 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


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Sample Day Schedule

9:00 a.m.
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
11:30 a.m.
Dismissal at outside door or Lunch Bunch