The Pre-Kindergarten Program provides alternating quiet and active periods, as well as child- and teacher-directed activities. Emphasis is placed on working independently, productively, and with absorption as well as completing tasks, learning to participate cooperatively in a small group, and acquiring readiness skills.
As with the older children in the Senior Program, the Pre-K children have longer attention spans and a great capacity to learn and discover for themselves. The curriculum reflects this in learning games that help in the formation of basic math and language concepts, sorting, seriation, individualized cooking with self-explanatory recipes, book-making, and more complex crafts.
The aim of the program is to nurture each child by establishing self-esteem, encouraging basic thinking skills, increasing their ability to express thoughts orally, and achieving self-discipline. The approach is developmental, with self-understanding and an acceptance of the rights and needs of others a primary concern. While the program is more structured, there is also much emphasis on democratic problem-solving and group planning.
Class Age: Four-year-olds and five-year-olds (students must turn five by April 30th of the school year)
Days: Monday through Thursday
Hours: 1:00 – 4:15 pm
Class Size: 24-30 children
Teachers: 4 – 5
1:00 – 1:45 - Small Group Discovery Time
1:45 – 2:25 - Outside Play & Activities
2:25 – 3:10 - Inside Activities: Art, Science, Cooking, Blocks & Dramatic Play
3:10 – 3:30 - Music
3:30 – 4:15 - Snack & Story
4:15 - Dismissal
$8,400 paid over 10 months