Pre-K 2 Program
Our main focus in the Pre-K 2 program is to introduce a positive school setting to your child — one that allows for a smooth separation and adjustment to a nurturing, educational environment.
Pre-K 3 Program
Our main focus in the Pre-K 3 program is to continue the foundation of our Pre-K 2 class. Expectations of our Pre-K 3 class grow with more structure in a play-based environment.
Pre-K 4 Program
The goal of the Pre-K 4 program is to prepare our students for a smooth transition to kindergarten. While still focusing on social and emotional development, Pre-K 4 has a more academic purpose.
Pre-K 2 Program Details
24-35 Months (by September 1 of starting year)
At two years of age, it is important to teach:
- Emotionally – Teachers facilitate growth into emotional maturity and help your child understand the feelings of oneself and of others, as well as appropriate ways to express feelings through words. We encourage ways to develop independence through learning how to care for oneself.
- Socially – A play-based environment allows many opportunities for children to learn to take turns, to get along with others, to respect the rights of others, to wait patiently, and to begin to understand the feelings of others. During this process, the children will learn to move from parallel play to cooperative play and build relationships with their classmates.
- Physically – Teachers plan activities to promote physical development and autonomy. Your child will work with manipulatives, puzzles, blocks, and dramatic play. Outdoor activities provide for gross motor development.
- Intellectually – Weekly themes provide a basis of discovery in developing problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities. Literature is an essential part of our program, as well as our print-rich environment. Teachers provide constant opportunities for the children to use both expressive and receptive language. Children will learn colors, shapes, and counting to 10.
- Spiritually – Teachers assign a weekly Bible lesson. Songs and Bible stories are designed to excite children to celebrate God’s love and to let them know that Jesus is a friend to them. Our teachers will model and guide children to learn to express thankfulness to God through prayer.
Pre-K 3 Program Details
36-47 Months (by September 1 of starting year)
Pre-K 3 will help children:
- Emotionally – Children adapt to a positive learning environment and are encouraged to use complete sentences when communicating. It also builds their autonomy to an emotional security of identifying feeling with words to express them.
- Socially –The teachers model kindness, caring, cooperation, and manners, and they encourage productive conversations between students. Cooperative play becomes more predominant, and it’s encouraged during center time and monitored to enhance social skills.
- Physically – Carefully planned activities will promote the enhancement of fine motor skills. Outdoor play, music, and movement will promote balance and coordination.
- Intellectually – To foster a love of reading and build a strong vocabulary, your child will learn words to nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, poems, and stories. Your child will recognize letters, both upper and lowercase, with a developing knowledge that each letter makes a certain sound. Letter of the week themes will concentrate on hard consonants and short vowels. Your child will also learn math skills through counting, sorting, classifying, sequencing, and measuring. Various routines during circle time and planned center activities will give your child the ability to recognize numbers up to 20.
- Spiritually – The children begin attending a weekly chapel service. Weekly Bible themes are introduced at chapel, and activities and songs are planned for the week to reinforce Bible lessons.
Please Note: All students in the Pre-K 3 program must be potty trained prior to the start of school.
Pre-K 4 Program Details
4 Year-Olds (by September 1 of starting year)
At this age, the program shifts to a more academic focus:
- Emotionally – Teachers encourage the child to become self-regulating and to maintain emotional balance. We focus on listening skills and the ability to follow three-step directions without repeat. We help create a positive self-image for the child by assisting the child in enjoying one’s own company.
- Socially – We begin a “bucket-filling program” to assist the child in learning compassion for the feelings of oneself and the feelings of others. Teachers serve as a role model for positive social interactions.
- Physically –With a variety of activities planned to enhance the children’s fine motor skills, each child learns proper pencil grip by the end of the year and has the confidence to write his or her name the kindergarten way. Outdoor activities, music, and movement enhance gross motor skills.
- Intellectually – Teachers carefully plan exciting activities to engage students in learning the phonemes of each letter and simple diagraphs. This phonemic knowledge will provide a pre-reading skill necessary to fully begin reading. Math skills build readiness with a solid recognition of numbers up to 30. Your child will gain an understanding of the concept that both print and numbers have a left to right order. You child will participate in patterning and understand sets of numbers in simple addition and subtraction concepts. Teachers plan fun science activities to build curiosity and engage students in critical thinking skills.
- Spiritually – Our four-year-olds become the leaders of chapel and acolyte at our weekly service. They continue to grow in their relationship with God and the church as a welcoming community.
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