2 1/2 – 3 years
This class is designed to familiarize children with school using a play-based curriculum. Throughout the year, students learn to separate from their parents, socialize with their peers, and follow directions. Our class time is planned for a lot of play and student-initiated learning. We have table time activities, which include tracing and cutting skills, painting, and color/letter/number/name recognition. Teachers help students to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Students are also engaged in short circle times with songs, finger-plays and stories. We provide an afternoon snack and have a 30 minute outside play time. Students must be out of diapers and turn 3 before September 1, 2016.
3 – 4 years
This class is a 4 hour/day (T/Th) program. Students are engaged in age-appropriate free-play activites and, throughout the year, learn how to play together, socialize, and problem-solve with peers. The program is more structured during our academic time (small groups), in which they learn letter recognition and sounds. Small groups time also includes math, science, writing and art activities. Students continue to practice their writing skills by line/number/letter tracing and name writing. Our art teacher meets with students every other week for more extensive art projects. Circle time includes songs, stories, finger-plays, and theme discussions. Students play outside for 30 minutes, and there are frequent nature walks. We provide students with a morning snack and they eat lunch at school.
4 – 5 years
This is a pre-k program designed to help prepare students for full-day kindergarten. Students are in school for 3 full days/week (6 hours – M/W/F). Play is developed and much more extensive. There is a more opportunity for student-initiated learning. Our academic time is 50 minutes, which includes small groups (reading, writing and math). During this time, students also learn to work independently and take responsibility for their own learning. Students are engaged in reading books, writing workshop and age-appropriate math activities. Each week children read our “weekly readers” and learn high-frequency words. They have writing workshop each Friday, where they begin to add detail to their drawing, which moves to labeling and then writing sentences. In our math groups, children will work with patterning, sorting, addition, numbers 1-100 and graphing. Students extensively study various science themes throughout the year. Each Wednesday, students are engaged in an hour long art class with our art teacher. We also learn social-emotional, friendship, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills through our Second Steps program. Students play outside for an hour/day and we go on longer nature walks (some to Reed College Canyon) throughout the year. We provide morning and afternoon snack and students eat lunch at school.