3 Day Program: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
4 Day Program: Monday – Thursday
5 Day Program: Monday – Friday
9:00am – 12:00am, 9:00 – 3:00pm (available starting September)
Must be 3 by December 1
Maximum class size 14
The Pre-School class emphasizes exploration, experimentation, cooperation, and creativity. Children are encouraged to explore the world around them and to interact with others in productive and cooperative ways. Activities are integrated around units of study, including colors, the community and jobs people do, the farm, the insect world, the ocean world, and seasons and holidays. The arts and crafts table is open throughout the play period, and each art project is tied to the unit of study. At story and song time, the students gather to work on counting, rhyming, and reading comprehension. At table time, the teachers work with students on fine-motor skills like cutting, drawing, and doing puzzles, and guide the students in organized group activities that reinforce cognitive skills including colors, shapes, and matching. Throughout the Pre-School curriculum, the development of social skills is central. The program develops students’ abilities to cooperate in a group, wait their turns, share, make friends, and expand their social boundaries.
The Pre-School class engages students in activities that promote development of the following skill areas:
Language — Interactions throughout the Pre-School program are designed to develop the children’s language and pre-reading skills. At story and song time each day, students have encounters with a diverse range of literary materials, including stories, poems, finger plays, and song plays. The book area is a quiet place where students can look at books, be read to, or tell a story to a friend.
Science — Touching, looking with magnification, and weighing enable children to explore the natural world. The water table enables experimentation with cause and effect through floating, pouring, and sinking, and the sand table reinforces the concept of object permanence through the actions of filling, dumping, and uncovering.
Social Studies — Dress up, pretend play, and housekeeping play enable children to dramatize different roles, learn negotiation skills, and stretch their imaginations about the things they can be and do when they grow up.
Practical Mathematics — Block building fosters experimentation with weight ratios and practices hand-eye coordination. Unit blocks provide concrete examples of relative measurement. The manipulative table includes puzzles, matching games, and objects for lacing, stringing, and sorting—activities that develop students’ understanding of spatial relationships, patterning, and categorization, as well as fine motor skills.
Enrichment activities for the Pre-School class include music, movement, cooking, and daily outdoor play.