4-Year-Olds 1

4 Year Old Class – 1 (5 days a week)

Must be 4 by Aug. 31 of the school year

12/2 student/teacher ratio

Weekly themes are used to prepare students academically, spiritually and socially for Kindergarten. The fours focus on pre-reading skills through alphabet recognition and letter sounds. We take a multi-sensory approach with children learning their letters by hearing the letter, seeing the letter and writing the letters with a variety of materials. The Playschool uses the curriculum, Zoo-Phonics. Zoo-Phonics is a multi-sensory, kinesthetic method to teaching phonemic awareness and letter recognition. It uses animals in the shapes of letters for easy recognition, along with movements for each given letter. In addition, the Playschool has added Handwriting Without Tears that embraces a multi-sensory approach with hands-on techniques and activities. Math skills are reinforced by counting, grouping and sorting objects. In addition, children learn patterns, sequencing and rhyming. Learning centers and small group instruction are used daily. Bible stories are incorporated weekly into the curriculum. Chapel is held bi-weekly. Music/creative movement class is held weekly. Children visit the school library bi-weekly. Yoga is held monthly. To enhance the learning experience outside the classroom, the Pre-K class goes on 2-3 field trips throughout the school year.