“Our Bursting Blossoms”
~4 to 5 Years Old~
Welcome to Pre-K
Emphasis is placed on school readiness through learning activities developed to enhance writing, alphabet recognition, shapes, colors and patterns. There are opportunities during their day for teacher directed activities, as well as independent exploration. Activities include learning centers, circle time, art, computers and fine and gross motor activities. Children between four and five years old often feel invincible and are ready to tackle any new challenge. Unlike his younger siblings, your four year old engages in elaborate, cooperative social play. He is just beginning to show empathy toward others and can talk about his own feelings. He will test his limits and rationalize his own behavior. He is becoming an expert problem solver and can concentrate for a sustained period of time if a topic is of special interest to him. He is rapidly gaining large motor skills and shows non-stop physical gymnastics! He has a growing vocabulary and uses well formed sentence structure. He can dress and undress himself with minimal help. He can follow two to three step instructions.
A Pre Kindergartener’s Day at Everything Grows Childcare and Learning Center
8:00 a.m. ~ Arrival, Saying Good Morning, Guided Freedom. Your son pecks you on the cheek and rushes to join his friends in the block center! I love you! Have a great day mommy!
9:15 a.m. ~ Yummy and healthy snack of cucumbers and dressing! Your child practices his self-help skills by serving himself andcleaning up his area when finished. One of his teachers sits with the children at each table to assist them and share meal conversations. The teachers may ask …. “What color is that apple you’re eating?”
9:30 a.m. ~ During Circle time, your son enjoys calendar, weather, the pledge, stories and songs. His class gets to examine a Robin’s egg found by my teacher during our theme called “Spring Time”. We all get jobs in the classroom and discuss what to expect from the day. His class learns songs in Spanish and simple sign language words!
10:00 a.m. ~ Creative art time! Let’s draw our own Robin’s egg to celebrate springtime! He is so proud of his work and all artwork is hung proudly in the classroom!
10:15 a.m. ~ Guided Freedom allows him to choose areas in which he wants to explore. Your son “cooks” breakfast in the Dramatic Play Area, then heads for the Art Center to practice his writing skills.
10:30 a.m. ~ It’s potty, toileting & hand washing before outside time. It’s an obstacle race! All the children cheer each other on! If the weather isn’t cooperative, we will dance and sing during Music & Movement.
11:00 a.m. ~ Your son practices sorting and measuring while playing in the Small Manipulative Center and doesn’t even realize he is learning math and solving skills!
11:30 a.m. ~ Hand washing and preparing for a delicious lunch. Your son goes to get his lunchbox and his teachers remind him to use his manners and say please and thank you!
12:30 p.m. ~ Soothing sounds of waves and rain play in the background as your son rests his head after his busy morning…sweet dreams friends!
3:30 p.m. ~ During music & movement, your son loves playing instruments and making music!
4:00 p.m. ~ Outside we go! The climbing wall, slide and swings await! What to choose? He can’t wait!!!
4:30 p.m. ~ Toileting and Hand Washing! In the language center, your son listens to a book on tape.
5:00 p.m. ~ Time to depart for the day! “What did you learn today?” Your son can’t wait to tell you and exclaims “I made good choices!”
(This schedule serves as an example of a typical day in our Pre-K classroom. Times and events may vary.)