4 Year-old Pre-K All-Day Program
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
~ Albert Einstein
Our goal in our Pre-K classroom is to provide our students with an opportunity to learn while balancing both an organized enviornment and learning through play. We base our program on the Creative Curriculum with a focus on the Everyday Math Program and Handwriting without Tears. We feel that it is important to teach our students skills through hands on activity and movement.
Throughout the year the students are asked to do a few family projects which involve an activity that a parent and child complete as a team - most often some sort of art project. We believe that this is a great time to talk to your child about school and see his/her progress in learning. This is a wonderful way to get family involved in what is going on in the classroom.
As new themes arise each week we change our areas of the classroom to help keep our students' interest. It is always exciting seeing the students' reactions to our new items in the book area, sensory table, dramatic play, block area and discovery table. We also dedicate a bulletin board to a "Star Student" every other week to display pictures, favorites, and news about a friend in our class. The children always look forward to seeing who the next Star Student is.
Our Pre-K program is devoted to helping children grow and prepare for Kindergarten in a positive environment. We do our best to accomodate our teaching to service the needs of each child in our class. Ultimately, our goal is to guide our students day-by-day and facilitate their learning as they have only just begun their jouney in education.
Daily Pre-K Schedule
6:30 -7:40 - Greeting upon arrival. Free choice time. Arrive in the Pre-K classroom at 7:45. (Children clean up at 7:40 and transfer to the Pre-K classroom.
7:00 -8:30 - Friends wash hands for breakfast upon arrival and eat in the 4 year-old classroom.
7:45 -8:15 - Table toys/ Books/ Art/ Playdough
8:15 -8:20 - Clean up and find their carpet spot
8:20 -8:45 - Circle time
8:45 -9:00 - Small Group Time (Mon.-Small Group. Tues.-Games. Wed.-Small Group. Thurs.-Small Group. Fri-Cooking Experiment)
9:00 -9:30 - Specials (Tues.-Art. Wed.-Music. Fri.-Sign Language.) (Mon/Thurs.-Special Activity as a whole group)
9:30 -9:40 - Bathroom/Wash (Split into two groups and book or activity during the split in the classroom)
9:40 -9:50 - Snack
9:50 -10:40 - Free Choice (Sand and water table is open)
10:40 -10:45 - Clean up and find carpet spot
10:45 -10:55 - Closing Circle
10:55 -11:25 - Outside time weather permitting/large motor
11:25 -11:30 - Bathroom/ Wash up for lunch
11:30 -12:00 - Lunch (Children serve themselves lunch and can take longer to eat if needed. Bathroom/ Wash up after lunch.
12:00 -2:00 - Lights off and Rest time (Wake room and art room open up at 1:00)
2:00 -2:15 - Bathroom/ Wash
2:15 -2:30 - Snack
2:30 -3:30 - Outside time weather permitting/large motor
3:30 -4:00 - Activity/ Music/ Movement/ Story
4:00 -4:30- Free Choice
4:30 -4:45- Clean up and get ready to combine with the 4 year-old classroom.
4:45 -6:00- Table toys/ Books/ Art/ Playdough. *Goodbyes upon departure.
Monday: Science 3:45-4:15
Tuesday: Art 9:00- 9:30
Wednesday: Music 9:00- 9:30
Thursday: Yoga 3:30- 4:00
Friday: Sign Language 9:00- 9:30
February 2020 News!
4's (Ms. Liz)
Wow...Valentine’s Day is here already. I will make a list for parents and put on cubbies.
We will start off the month talking about Groundhog Day and Friendships.
We will then jump into Valentine’s Day and friends. We will have a little party and exchange Valentines.
Next will be Dental Health and caring for our teeth. We will talk about what’s good for our teeth and what’s not good for our teeth.
We will end the month talking about Dr. Seuss. We will talk about rhyming words.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all our families!
Ms. Liz and her Valentines
4 year-old Pre-K (Ms. Jamie)
January was a month filled with winter fun and ocean themes. We worked on social skills and what it means to be a great friend. We reviewed ways to enter play and solve problems between peers.
In February we will work on ways to calm down if we get upset and build on our social skills.
We will also work on adding on (example 5 + 2 = 7) and we would count on starting at 5 then 6 and 7.
They are excited for the release of Frozen II and asking for a movie day!
We will work towards a party day in February, in addition to Valentine’s Day)!