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