Math: Our 5 year olds are taught Pennsylvania State Early Learning PreK standards using hands-on, meaningful teaching strategies based on assessment results. We practice oral counting, skip counting, basic addition and subtraction, telling time, number order, quantifying sets and more.
Phonics and Writing: We practice manuscript writing while reviewing phonics sounds, blends, one and two vowel words.
Reading: We start reading illustrated books that contain very basic vowel sounds and go on to consonants, blends, words, and simple sentences. Classroom Lesson Plans are centered around a weekly theme. Lesson plans indicate weekly skills and concepts for children to explore, learn, and develop in various activities each day.
New students entering our five-year-old program must be five (5) years of age on or before September 1 of the school year they wish to attend.
Exceptions may be granted to returning students.
Each small-group will have no more than 15 children, with a full-time lead teacher and an assistant teacher.
The classroom is set up with the following to allow for structured learning and social interaction:
Individual preschool sized chairs around a shared preschool sized table, with no more than 6 children in each table.
Separate mat area for story time and group
Full-day schedules (morning and evening classes) and half-day schedules (morning OR evening classes) are available, 2, 3 or 5 days a week.
Morning classes are from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Afternoon classes are from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Monday through Friday, excluding specified holidays.
For our full-day students, lunch time is from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.
Daily activities for our five-year-olds allow for both structured and independent learning experiences.
Weekly curriculum skills are practiced during small group time. In small groups, children have a structured learning experience that prepares them for bigger classes as they get older.
In addition to learning in the classroom, five-year-old children participate in enrichment activities such as Bible time, Spanish Language Club, Computer Time and Library.
Children also have unstructured playtime daily where they utilize either our indoor play space or outdoor playground.
Parents are to provide a ready-to-eat lunch each day for their child if the child is on a full-day schedule. Children also have a morning and an afternoon snack, brought in by parent volunteers for all children.
Five-year-old children must be fully potty trained in order to attend our preschool. This means that they are no longer wearing pull-ups/diapers, are accident free, and are able to take care of all of their toilet needs independently, including wiping themselves, without being reminded.
Should you have any concerns with regards to potty-training, these may be answered through contacting us or on your tour of the school.