3 Year Old Class
The three year old curriculum is the foundation of our readiness program and offers an introduction to school routines, along with teaching basic concepts and fostering social skills. In our play-based curriculum, concepts are introduced and reinforced through the use of literature, hands-on activities, learning centers, art, music, games, and dramatic play. The daily schedule includes circle time, learning center time, music and art activities, snack time and outdoor play. Children hear Bible stories both in the classroom and during monthly Chapel times. They are taught how to communicate in a positive way with their classmates and how to show kindness to others. Basic concepts explored in the three year old program are colors, shapes, and numbers to ten. The children work on improving fine motor skills by gluing, coloring, cutting, painting, lacing and writing. Seasonal and holiday activities are enjoyed throughout the school year. This program is designed for children that will be three in September of that school year.
4 Year Old Class
The four year old program builds on school routines and concepts that are taught in the three year old program. Children continue to work on social skills through large and small group activities, develop reading and math readiness skills, enjoy science and social studies activities, and express themselves through art, music, and dramatic play. Quality children’s literature is read and enjoyed in the classroom on a daily basis. The children are given time for self-initiated play through which they develop problem solving abilities, thinking skills, meaningful relationships with classmates, and a sense of self-confidence. Daily outdoor time is provided to promote gross motor development and to have fun!
The fours are introduced to the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. They participate in phonemic and print awareness activities, and learn sight words. Math activities include recognizing and writing numbers, making sets of numbers, sorting, patterning and sequencing, ordering by size, length and weight, recognizing two and three dimensional shapes, and rote counting to 30. Fours participate in regular art and music activities and have a formal music class once a month with the church music director. Computer instruction is offered as part of center time. Children hear Bible stories in the classroom and also have a monthly Chapel time. In addition, 5 day a week 4’s receive Spanish instruction twice a month.
The transitional kindergarten class provides a unique curriculum for those children who have already completed a 4’s program and are not ready for full day kindergarten, or those children who turn 5 by December 31st. This is a small class, usually 8-10 children, which enables teachers to easily differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of individual students.
This class covers some of the concepts taught in the regular four year old class, but goes beyond that curriculum as the children show they are ready. The transitional kindergarten uses different themes than the regular 4’s class and has different art projects. Beginning writing skills are explored and children are encouraged to begin the process of sounding out and writing words, as they are able to do so. Some kindergarten math concepts are also introduced. Children hear Bible stories in the classroom and also have a monthly Chapel time. Computer instruction is provided as part of center time. In addition to music activities in the classroom, transitional kindergarten students enjoy a formal music class with the church music director each month. These students also receive Spanish instruction twice a month.
The transitional kindergarten class includes lots of artwork, as this gives the children an opportunity to express themselves creatively and build confidence by using their own ideas. The children develop independence by practicing skills such as packing up their own backpack at the end of the day, learning to care for their own belongings, and using learning center materials independently.