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Three to Four-year-olds

Children at the preschool level are truly engaged scientists at school.  At this age, a great deal of learning activities can be integrated with the selected science themes. The teachers incorporate all of the elements from our comprehensive developmental checklist into their lesson plans so the children enjoy a well-rounded experience.  The developmental checklist includes:  reading, phonics, speech and language arts, math, fine motor development, gross motor development, cognitive skills, practical life skills, social and emotional development, social studies, fine arts, and of course, science. 

Often people ask specifically about reading instruction. Throughout the day, the children are exposed to letters, letter sounds and whole words.  We utilize “The Letter People” program as a fun and engaging approach to pre-reading and reading skill acquisition.  

“Handwriting Without Tears” is introduced to foster proper letter formation and fine motor control.  Teachers also incorporate “Handi-Learning” manipulatives to refine finger control and core postural strength, both of which are so essential for good handwriting.  

Practical math and number knowledge is incorporated into daily classroom experiences.  A range of important cognitive skills are also integrated into daily activities which includes sorting, matching, classifying, puzzles, patterning, memory, and problem solving.

Students attend a weekly music class to encourage awareness of and appreciation for music, rhythm, tonal patterns, and basic instrumentation.   Art is a part of the regular classroom activities, with some themes focusing on specific artists and art styles.  

Our three to four year olds typically attend three or five mornings per week, and they are divided by approximately six month age spans into classes of eight children each. They attend school from 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Each age group makes up a self-contained class under the direction of one teacher.  Children do not need to be potty trained to attend school at age three, but the expectation is that this is being worked on and will be successfully acquired as the school year progresses.

For children who are three years or older, enrichment classes are available on most days immediately after class.  Children must be potty trained to participate in enrichment classes.  The enrichment classes typically end around 1 to 1:15 p.m.