The children follow the regular 4/5-year-old curriculum in the mornings (see description above) for or five mornings per week. One afternoon per week (either Monday or Tuesday) from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. they tour the world in a fun, "hands-on" year-round geography class. Several interesting and exciting countries are studied throughout the school-year. The children learn about the animals that are indigenous to the country, make some of the specific clothing, taste and/or cook some of the local foods, create market places, and learn about special holiday celebrations of the country. We have danced to native music, played native instruments, learned about famous artists of the country while attempting to replicate their techniques, and created challenging landscapes that are found in foreign countries. Guest speakers have visited bearing artifacts and pictures. It is an informative and experience-expanding class which is developmentally appropriate for all four-year-old students. Please provide a lunch for your child on - they work up quite an appetite while touring the world!
For the 4- to 5-year-old child, class is in session four or five mornings per week The program for our 4/5's is designed to continue the social development of your child with an increased academic emphasis. The children should transition more easily from their parents and will learn that they are members of a caring community at the school. Helpful and cooperative behavior is emphasized. Curriculum is thematic and in the fall and winter revolves around the holidays and seasons. The alphabet is introduced using a phonetic and project approach. Children are encourage to visually recognize their first names and are assisted with the manual configuration of their letters. Math is introduced through games. Large and small group activities help to foster your child's love of talking, listening and reading - the foundations of early literacy. Patterning, sequencing, directionality, concrete counting, visual discrimination, and fine motor activities all add to the curriculum. The 4/5's do unit study of dental health, emergency services and safety, reptiles, insects, and disabilities. Seasonal and holiday celebrations are also included. The curriculum for the 4/5's is enhanced by field trips during each season.
The children must be four years old on or before October 1st of the current school year, or be eligible for enrollment in their school district's kindergarten program the following year.
3-year-old classes are in session three or four mornings or afternoons per week. The 3-year-old program is designed to allow the child to transition from his or her parent into a nurturing environment. At this age, we encourage cooperative play, sharing and self-control. there is free play as well as small group work, language development through literature, music, dramatic play, the study of colors and shapes, name recognition, and seasonal and holiday activities. Gross motor development is encouraged through outside play. The child is encourage to develop a relationship with the teacher and take ownership for the classroom. Instruction is individualized which allows the teacher to determine the needs of each child and guide him or her in developing self-confidence and friendships.
Children must be three years old on or before October 1st of the current school year, they must use the toilet on their own.
The Playgroup is designed for the younger child (starting at approximately 2-1/2 years old) as an introduction to a structured environment without the parent/caregiver. The Playgroup provides supervised play with age-appropriate toys, simple songs, nursery rhymes, easel painting, and stories. We also include some gross motor activities through music and occasional outside play. Children in Playgroup do not have to use the toilet on their own, although it is desirable. The class is in session for two hours, two or three days per week.