Students participate in movement throughout their day to help them transition between scheduled activities. The class utilizes specific tables for fine motor and visual motor exploration/play at the beginning of the day. The class sits at a special circle time rug in the same room for stories and circle time as well as in-school fieldtrips.

 

The class utilizes a completely different room for “Choice Time” (free-time). In the “Choice Time Room” a child may choose painting at an easel, playing in the “sand and water tables”, gross motor play (large motor movement), or dramatic/imaginative play with toys or in the housekeeping area of this room. Also in the choice time room, students complete a craft and participate in computer time. The school also has an outside playground and an outside area for hotwheels/tricycling.

 

 

Daily Schedule:

8:45-8:55 a.m. “Kid of the Day” and “Parent of the Day” come in to set-up and complete special “Kid of the Day” jobs.
8:55-9:05 Arrival Time- Fine Motor and Visual Motor Time
9:10-9:30 Circle Time
9:30-10:05 Choice Time
10:05-10:10 Clean-Up Time
10:10-10:20 Bathroom Time/Handwashing
10:20-10:35 Snack Time
10:35-10:50 Group Enrichment Time
10:50-11:30 Gross Motor (large motor movement)/Outdoor Time
11:30 p.m. Dismissal Time
11:30-11:45 “Kid of the Day” and “Parent of the Day” complete special “Kid of the Day” jobs and help prepare the room for the next day.

 

 

4-Year-Old Curriculum:

  • Printing skills are addressed through the "Letter of the Day" and printing practice with name writing.
  • Fine motor skills (small hand skills) are worked on not just through play with small manipulatives (i.e. Legos, constructive materials, 3-Dimensional building); but also through learning how to form many different sign-language words.
  • Early reading readiness is addressed through the "Letter of the Day" and phonics based homework is offered (building letter and letter-sound correspondence).
  • Early writing skills are developed through "Writer's Workshop" and a classroom "Word Wall".  Both "Writer's Workshop" and the "Word Wall" allow the children to use their inventive spelling to try and spell/write words.  "Writer's Workshop" also develops the story teller within each child!
  • Early math skills are addressed throughout the day and during circle time through fun activities such as creating basic classroom bar graphs together.
  • Computer skills are developed by providing time for each child to access age-appropriate educational computer games.
  • Early understanding of social studies concepts are a part of the curriculum, as self, family, and community are re-occuring themes. Children develop a sense of community from the community helpers that visit the pre-school and children also go on several fieldtrips to visit local businesses and service providers.
  • To help prepare the 4 year old class for kindergarten (post-January):

    1. An outside teacher comes into school once per week and the children receive outside instruction in a special area class, such as "Tae Kwon Do" as taught by Pride Martial Arts.

    2.  An extended day is offered with "Lunch Bunch" included, where the children bring in packed lunches and learn how to become independent in using their lunch boxes, opening up food wrappers/drink containers, and socializing with their peers while they eat.

3-Year-Old Curriculum:
  • Students build appropriate classroom behaviors such as raising your hand and waiting to be called upon, sitting for circle time, being a good listener, speaking in front of a group, and answering questions.
  • Students learn to follow directions and anticipate transition in the daily classroom schedule by participating in a predictable and familiar routine.
  • Students take turns being “Kid of the Day” and learn about responsibility by proudly performing special classroom jobs that the “Kid of the Day” is responsible for.
  • Fine motor skills (small hand skills) are worked on not just through classroom tool use; but also through play with small manipulatives (i.e. Legos, constructive materials, 3-Dimensional building).
  • Early reading skills are addressed through probing story comprehension questions in relation to read aloud stories and books on tape.
  • Early math skills are addressed throughout the day and during circle time through fun activities that involve counting items/object/events and also number recognition.
  • Computer skills are developed by providing time for each child to access age-appropriate educational computer games.
  • Early understanding of social studies concepts are a part of the curriculum, as self, family, and community are re-occuring themes. Children develop a sense of community from the community helpers that visit the pre-school and children also go on several fieldtrips to visit local businesses and service providers.
  • Special classes are incorporated into the 3 year-old program, such as "Kindermusik" music classes, as the connection between music & learning is significant & our 3 year-old pre-schoolers just love it!

 

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