Learning through play focused on the  ‘4’s and 5’s’

Class Options:

**Monday-Wednesday-Friday AM (9:00-11:30) or PM (12:30-3:00)

 


In the MWF classes, designed for fours turning five, we continue our growth in language and social development, preparing for kindergarten as we work on classroom expectations and procedures.  We develop educational skills needed for kindergarten such as recognition of letters and their corresponding sounds.  Our program combines movement, auditory and visual recognition of each letter, as well as phonemic awareness.  Research shows that good phonemic awareness leads to better readers. This includes rhyming, onset and final phonemes, blending and segmenting. Children also continue STEM skills associated with math and science.  Number and shape understanding, classifying, understanding relationships between numbers, hypothesizing, investigating, measuring, drawing conclusions are all acquired through a play-based learning environment.  Fine motor development and creativity is learned through art projects.  “See it, hear it and do it” is our mantra, ensuring children are not just memorizing data, but fully integrating information in their brain. All this in addition to building community, learning valuable conflict resolution skills and developing relationships makes this class a perfect transition before Kindergarten.

Students must be 4 by September 1st in order to be enrolled in the AM class, and 4 by December 1st for the PM class. Enrollment is capped at 14 children.

Friendly

Our staff and parents are top notch

Play Areas

Our classroom has a unique setup of play areas specific to the age group needs.

Safe

All of our teachers are CPR certified and our facilities are constantly scrutinized for safety.

Experienced

Our teachers know just how to run a class effectively.

Qualified

All teachers are highly qualified.

Play Based

Statistics show that play is one of the highest forms of learning in young children.

Classroom Facilities

Our classroom is set up to make sure that every student has a chance to play and learn.  The room is large allowing for many different types of guided play.  Manipulatives and toys abound in many different forms. We offer “loose parts”, items to add into play such as rocks, pine cones, wooden tree coins that spark creatively, and encourage children to think outside the box. Stimulating growth in each area of development is woven into each carefully selected activity and play center.

Indoor Play Areas

Every class at MCP is taught using a play based curriculum. This means the classroom is set up to maximize development in every area. From dress-ups, the play kitchen, sensory table, large and small motor areas, library, areas for block building, writing and creative art, you can be sure your child’s classroom is set up to meet the creative needs of your child.

Each class uses monthly or biweekly themes to keep new play opportunities at the forefront.  Materials around the classroom are changed frequently. This engages the children and reflects their emergent interests in the thematic and integrated curriculum. For example, during an ocean theme there will be sand and seashells or blue tinted water complete with whale families in the sensory table. Children will sing about beluga whales, pretend to go fishing using magnets, sort shells by type and play counting games using small plastic fish.

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Outdoor Play Areas

Located near the building is a large, pleasant, shaded fenced playground with climbing, sliding apparatus and small houses for creative play. There is plenty of space to run, climb and play in our large sandbox. A beautiful yard with large trees surround the playground area providing opportunities to explore nature.

 

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