Four Year Olds 

Mixed Three & Four Year Old Open Classroom (4 & 5 Day)

                                                             Four Year Old Full Day Class

                                                                    Pre-Kindergarten, Morning & Afternoon

Mixed Three and Four Year Old Open Classroom (4 & 5 Day)

Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri              9-11:30 am

Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri             12:15-2:45 pm

Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur                   12:15-2:45 pm

Age: must be Three by September 1

Ratio: 3 teachers : 18-20 students

This dynamic yet structured experience within a large space is most often termed "the Open Classroom."  By co-mingling, three and four year olds achieve harmony and opportunities for growth. While older students practice the leadership that prepares them for a successful transition to Kindergarten, younger students benefit from this modeling. All children focus on age-appropriate skills through hands-on manipulatives and learn new concepts from both their teachers and peers.  

After a brief welcoming circle, students rotate to various centers where teaching staff work with individuals and small groups. Learning Centers provide multi-sensory experiences and may include math, language arts, literacy, handwriting, science and social studies, sensory, art, dramatic play, and blocks. 

"Handwriting Without Tears" methodology encourages early letter formation and writing. Music and Movement, "Elements of Art," Felt Board Stories, field trips, and special guest visits enhance this early school experience.

Typical Day:

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Lunch

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Dismissal

Four Year Old Full Day Class

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri            9:00 am - 2:45 pm

Age: must be Four by December 31

Ratio: 3 teachers : 12-14 students

 

Also known as the "Full Day Class," this warm and nurturing environment supports children who split their time between the Open and the Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms, so as to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. They are encouraged by teachers and peers as they develop in all growth areas and prepare for transition to Kindergarten.

As children learn best by doing, teachers provide a variety of hands-on activities and multi-sensory experiences. Language, pre-math, pre-reading, social studies, and science are inspired by developmentally appropriate expectations, as well as guided by student-generated interests.

 

"Handwriting Without Tears" shapes literacy instruction. Music and Movement, "Art Inspired by Nature" and "Native American Art," Mindful Exercise, Felt Board Stories and visits from children's entertainers and other special guests, as well as field trips, enhance this school experience.

A unique feature of the Pre-Kindergarten component is the study of the Lifecycle of the Bald Eagle through the National Arboretum of Washington DC, which inspires learning through student journaling of what is observed. 

Typical Day:

 

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Lunch

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introductions

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Class meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Dismissal

Pre-Kindergarten, Morning and Afternoon

                           Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri           9 - 11:30 am

                                                                         12:15 - 2:45 pm

Age: must be Four by September

Ratio: 3 teachers : 18 students

Pre-Kindergarten prepares students for entry into Kindergarten the following school year by providing advanced practice and learning in the pre-academic skills of literacy, math, science, and social studies.

The day begins and ends with circle time, which may include a discussion, story, hands-on project or movement activity. The curriculum theme introduced at the first circle directs learning centers throughout the rest of the day. Such centers guide learning through developmentally-appropriate "hands on" activities. 

 

Problem-solving skills are promoted as part of an integrated curriculum, which draws from "Handwriting Without Tears" methodology. Children enjoy part of each day outside on the playground, as well.

 

Regular specials in Music and Movement, "Art Inspired by Nature" and "Native American Indian Art," Mindful Exercise, Felt Board Stories, field trips, and visits from children's entertainers, as well as other special guests, enhance this early school experience.

A unique feature of this class is the study of the Lifecycle of the Bald Eagle through the National Arboretum of Washington DC, which inspires learning through student journaling of what is observed. 

Typical Day:

Arrival and Check-in

Free-choice gathering activities

Clean-up

Class meeting with theme introduction

Teacher-directed centers

Clean-up

Second meeting and read-aloud time

Healthy snack

Playground

Dismissal