Many children with late spring or summer birthdays can benefit from an extra year at preschool. If they go to a full day kindergarten, it should depend on birthday, social abilities, and previous preschool experience and somewhat academics. For the borderline preschooler, the decision is usually based on “Do you want your child to be a leader or a follower when they are in kindergarten?” One year of maturing is so beneficial for young children entering the future school years. Please keep in mind, it’s not holding a child back, it’s giving a child ‘A gift of time’ to mature into a confident and curious learner.
Class designed for kids who have turned have summer birthdays and may not be ready for kindergarten and older 4 year olds who will have turned 5 by November 30th.
Hands-on kindergarten readiness curriculum balanced with ample time for socialization, personal growth, and exploration
Teacher to student ratio of 2:15
TYPICAL PREK2 Schedule
8:45-9:00: Settling In Time
Children arrive. Hang up jacket and backpack on coat hook. Wash hands with soap and water.
9:00-9:20: Circle Time
Teacher leads whole class in:
- Hello song and prayer
- Calendar activities (counting, days of week, weather)
- Movement song / fingerplay/ story / theme-related activity
9:20-10:00: Small Group Time
Children rotate through centers, staying with their group. Typically, some centers are independent learning activities and others are teacher-led.
10:00-10:40: Learning Center Time
Children choose from among these centers:
- Block center
- Sensory/”touching” table
- Art center
- Activity table
- Writing center
- Book corner
- Listening center
10:40-10:50: Clean Up Time
Children assist teachers in putting materials away.
10:50-11:00: Bathroom Break
Whole class uses bathroom and washes hands.
11:00-11:30: Gross Motor Time
Children play outdoors in one of our two parks, weather permitting. Both of our outdoor areas, the Slide Park and Nature Park are fenced-in. If outdoor play is not possible, children will use the indoor play equipment or participate in other movement activities.
11:30-11:40: Story time
Teacher leads children in story, songs and/or fingerplays.
11:40-11:45: Goodbye Meeting & Dismissal
Goodbye prayer and goodbye song