New applicants must turn 4 by September 1, 2011
The four year old class meets five mornings a week from 9:00 am to 11:45 am. 2 classes of 16 students led by two teachers/class.
Goals: To provide a program that:
- meets the individual needs of each child.
- allows social interaction among the children in order to encourage an awareness of and a positive response to the feelings of others. Encourages cooperation.
- has an environment that builds self-confidence, provides opportunities to work out problems, encourage ability to verbalize feelings, and helps develop self-control.
- develops academic growth according to age appropriate development skills.
1. Morning meeting: attendance, calendar, weather, letter of the week, news & daily schedule, seasons, science themes, general discussions on pertinent information, occasional games & songs
2. Language Arts:
- recognition of upper and lower case letters through art and games
- trace letters, copying letters
- develop both auditory and verbal skill through use of books, flannel board, rhyming games, dramatic play, finger plays, games involving opposites and like-different, retelling stories and dictating stories, memorization.
- develop visual skills by helping them to recognize like-different, opposites, doing puzzles, sequencing pictures
- beginning sounds of letters
- library once a week
- recognizing and writing numbers 1 - 10
- counting objects
- recognition of basic shapes
- sorting and classifying
- use of comparisons (more, less, equal)
- A center is available on a daily basis reinforcing these concepts.
Science curriculum is also offered as a center providing observational tools such as magnifiers, magnets, weight and scales, science books and objects from the physical world around us. The sand table and water table also provide many science opportunities through discover. Nature walks are also taken.
5. Social Studies:
- self and family, relationships- personal and social
- children of different lands
- field trips
- development of auditory skills, large motor skills and social skills are all encouraged through a constant use of music
- music with music teacher once a week
- programs such as Tiny Tots and Young Audiences
- development of small motor skills and cognitive skills are encouraged and developed through art work as well as creativity
- all art supplies are available (i.e. glue, scissors, watercolors, easels, paint, chalk, collage materials, paper mache, finger paint, crayons, markers, etc...)
- both free art time and planned art activities are provided daily
- encourage development of large and small motor skills through various activities such as bikes, ball playing, dancing, climbing apparatus, and games
- have physical education class once a week