About our 3 year old classes
The 3-year-old classes meet three times a week. Each class is 3 hours in length. Our class is Mon/Wed/Fridays am from 8-11am. Snack and materials are provided each day. Children in these classes learn a wide variety of skills including fine motor (cutting, writing, etc), social development (initiating and engaging in cooperative play with others), language and literacy development (learning the letters of the alphabet and correct letter sounds and associate these sounds in words), enhancing listening and speaking skills (listening to stories and understanding the content and responding to directions), effectively communicating (own needs, wants and thoughts), building self confidence and esteem, eliminating separation anxiety from parents, physical development (through dance, artistic expression and large motor activities), developing interest in Mathematics (awareness of counting and numbers, sorting objects by colors and shapes), introducing simple Science concepts (exploring and investigating the environment), and having the awareness of our surroundings (including our self, our environment and our world) and expressing our artistic abilities (in projects and crafts). Children must be three years old by September 1st and potty trained.
About our 4yr old and 4/5 year old classes
The 4 year old class meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-3pm. Full days.
The 4/5 year old class meets full days on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The teachers and format of the classes will be different as well as the themes and curriculum goals.
Full days meet from 8:15am-3pm. Snack and all materials are provided each day. Children in these classes learn a wide variety of skills in order to prepare them for Kindergarten.
The 4/5 year old class is designed for those children not yet ready for Kindergarten. They may or may not have completed the 4 year old class as listed above. This class is the final class offered before Kindegarten. This class meets all day on Mon/Wed/Fridays.
These skills include:
- Language and literacy development: identifying upper case and lower case letters of the alphabet (weekly letter pages), how to write them, learning the correct letter sounds and associate those sounds in words, take home projects that correlate with the alphabet for review are available and using words to describe events or objects.
- Fine motor development: learning to write child’s own name, drawing pictures to represent thought and ideas, cutting and enhancing fine motor skill in games, manipulatives and a variety of activities.
- Social development: initiating and engaging in cooperative play, sitting or being close to others without touching, being able to re-engage in play after completing table activities, development of appropriate actions and communication techniques to play with other children, seek out other children for play purposes and to be imaginative in play.
- Listening and speaking skills: learning how to listen to stories while understanding the content, making predictions from the story’s content, completing two and three step directions, completing tasks from teacher’s commands, asking questions, communicating ideas to others and responding to others through communication and communicating one’s own needs wants, needs and thoughts.
- Building self esteem and confidence: learning how to accomplish tasks such as being responsible for putting your own things in the correct spot like hanging up your backpack, putting materials in your cubbie, getting dressed in colder weather by zipping up coats, etc and using the bathroom.
- Physical development: expressing self through dance, finger plays, songs and artistic movement and developing large motor skills by using playground equipment and engaging in outdoor games and activities.
- Mathematics: awareness and writing of numbers, counting forwards and backwards, sorting, patterning and using descriptive words to identify position, recognizing colors and geometric shapes.
- Science: exploration of a variety of materials using simple tools, investigating objects indoors and outdoors, use of a sensory table for a wide variety of experiences, conducting simple experiments, actively observing things in our environment and awareness of self, our environment and our world.
- Art: creating, constructing and assembling art projects and crafts that correlates with the theme for that day.
Children must be 4 years old by September 1st and potty trained. Readiness for Kindergarten is determined throughout the year by assessments, effective communication between parent and teacher, conferences, internet access to daily routines, notes and monthly newsletters and accomplishing the skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten.