Overview: We offer a nurturing environment that encourages growth in all areas of development: language, cognitive, social/emotional, physical and spiritual. Through hands-on activities and learning centers, teachers facilitate exploration and learning to the range of developmental levels in their classrooms. Our 4-year-old preschool children participate in a balance of small and large group activities, and a variety of structured and self-selected activities balanced with play and exploration. Free play time allows for music and movement, language and literacy, math, science, and art, dramatic play and construction activities. Handwriting Without Tears® writing readiness activities are included weekly.
Days and Times
3 day 4-year-olds (MWF): 9:15-12:15
4 day 4-year-olds(MTuWF) : 9:15-12:15
5 day 4-year-olds (M-F): 9:15-12:15
Class Size: 14 or 15
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:7 or 1:7.5
Age Requirement: Children must be 4 by September 1 of the year in which they enroll
Music Enrichment: Children participate in 30 minutes of music enrichment with music teacher, “Miss Nancy.” Through songs, percussion instruments, rhymes, stories, and activities, the music class:
- Improves early language development, pre-literacy, and word recognition
- Strengthens fine-motor, gross-motor, and locomotor skills
- Cultivates sharing, self-regulation, and self-control
- Develops the whole child
Science Enrichment: Children are introduced to the scientific method through monthly hands-on science lessons. Lesson topics include: light and color, solids, liquids and gases, magnetism, and rocket science. After every science lesson, Mrs. Roberts distributes handouts to families detailing the concepts taught and giving ideas about how to extend them at home.
Bible Stories: Children look forward to joining the Kirk’s Youth Pastor, The Rev. William “Tres” Adams, in the Sanctuary for monthly Bible Stories and prayer. Pastor Tres chooses stories and prayers that expand and support our monthly Bible verses.
A highlight of the year is hearing Pastor Tres tell the story of the first Christmas, and singing Christmas carols with the Kirk’s music director, Glen Miller. Mr. Miller also introduces the children to the organ, and shows them where the church mouse hides.
Fieldtrips: Since hands-on experiences are key to young children’s learning, the 4-year-old classes take several fieldtrips throughout the year to places such as the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bower’s Farm, the E.L. Johnson Nature Center.
Sound Box/Meet Lucy the Puppet: “Lucy the Puppet” introduces children to the letter of the week and facilitates literacy activities around letter names and sounds.
Curious George Goes Home: Children take turns bringing their classroom’s beloved, stuffed Curious George home. Children dictate, or parents “write” about their experience with Curious George, and the teachers share this with the class.
Dan the Critter Man: Each year Dan the Critter Man visits our school with an array of fascinating animals, reptiles and insects such as a chinchilla, snakes, a tree frog and a stink bug.
Beach Day: During our annual Beach Day, the 4-year-old classes get a reprieve from the cold, dark days of winter (at least in spirit) while they participate in a variety of fun “beach” activities, including splashing in our classroom wading pools!