4 Day Program: Monday – Thursday
5 Day Program: Monday – Friday
8:45am-11:45am (9:00-12:00 & 9:00-3:00pm available starting September)
Must be 4 by December 1
Maximum class size 17
The Pre-K class follows an integrated curriculum that emphasizes self-expression, creativity, observation, experimentation, and cooperation. In preparation for kindergarten, the class fosters the confidence and adaptability needed to thrive in a classroom setting. To help students interact productively and cooperatively with peers and teachers, the Pre-K class works on negotiating skills and conflict resolution. The children are encouraged to explore their imaginations and work out their social concerns through role-playing. Weekly Show and Tell helps children to become comfortable in front of a group.
The Pre-K class engages students in activities that promote development of the following skill areas:
Language — The children write and illustrate a book each month, such as My Favorite Color and I Like Halloween. Language arts charts are used to help children increase their vocabulary. In daily circle and story times, the children are exposed to a variety of literary materials in different genres, including many poems and finger plays, and encouraged to participate actively in the reading experience. They are asked to help predict what is going to happen next, and encouraged to act out stories at the felt board and during class using different props. Sit-upons with the child’s name are used to help with name recognition. In a unit on comparative literature, the class compares and contrasts five versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and five versions of The Three Little Pigs. In another extended project, each child creates a snow creature out of his or her footprint, and then creates a fairytale about the creature. The class then creates a fairytale as a group and the book is published. Ferdinand the Alphabet Frog visits for ten weeks—each week introducing a different letter. During a letter week, everything in the class revolves around the letter—crafts, science, books, finger plays, and songs—and the children work on a Ferdinand book, picking a picture and writing the word for each letter of the week.
Science — The class conducts one experiment each week revolving around the curriculum and what the children are interested in. The focus of the science curriculum is to create a sense of wonder about their world, and we work on the concept of why and how something happens. Basic scientific principles are discussed, including evaporation, acid-base, and biological life cycles—concepts that are literally brought alive in the classroom as we hatch butterflies.
Social Studies — In dress up, pretend play, and housekeeping play, the students dramatize different roles with increasing complexity and fluency, develop negotiation skills, and stretch their imaginations about the things they can be and do when they grow up.
Mathematics — The class works on size order, grouping, patterning, one-to-one correspondence, sorting, and simple analogies. We chart and graph the weather monthly. The children learn the days of the week through a daily calendar. Through cooking projects, the children learn to follow a recipe and to measure ingredients—teaching the concept of whole and half (stone soup, pumpkin soup, and Red Riding Hood’s muffins are a few favorites).
Enrichment activities for the Pre-K class include music, movement, cooking, community field trips, and daily outdoor play.