Little People Preschool Classes
3 Year Old Class Taught by Lisa Herold , assistant Rachel Hough
This class is held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00am to 11:00 am.
The main focus of our 3’s program is socialization and fostering independence. This is achieved by providing nurturing teachers who first build a relationship with the child, model appropriate behavior and language skills for the child, and provide age appropriate materials and activities which promote exploration and successful experiences, therefore increasing growth, development, and self-esteem.
The three year old is discovering that he is an individual – separate from his parent. He is beginning to understand there is a whole other world outside the security of his home. He is realizing that his actions bring results. The three year old is learning independence and how to make choices. He is also finding out that it is more fun to play with a friend; therefore he experiments with involving others in his play experiences.
We aim to model and teach the three-year-old appropriate means of dealing with anger, hurt feelings, and frustrations. Likewise, we teach her how to show respect and kindness to those around her. We teach the three year old to be responsible, cleaning up after snack, putting toys away when she is done with them, and apologizing when she may have hurt a friend’s feelings. We want the child to feel secure, accepted and competent.
Pre-K Morning Program Taught by Katie Baker , assistant Susan Adkins
This class is held on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 8:30am to 11:00am.
The main focus for our Pre-K program is preparation for kindergarten. This is achieved by providing caring teachers who first build a relationship with the child, model appropriate behavior for the child, provide age appropriate activities and materials which invite the child to freely explore successfully give the child meaningful experiences from which specific concepts can be learned, and provide a structured environment which helps the child learn to function in a classroom setting.
The Pre-K child (ages 4 & 5) is discovering that he is quite capable. He attempts daring stunts, mimics reading, wants to decide what to wear, and takes great pride in showing off his growing capabilities. The Pre-K child endeavors to please the adults in his life. He enjoys experimenting with new words and phrases, storytelling, inventing jokes, and rhyming sounds. He is beginning to understand there is meaning in print.
We aim to build confidence in the Pre-K child as she attempts new skills and concepts. We model appropriate means of dealing with anger, frustrations, and hurt feelings. We encourage her to try new activities, realizing that with gentle encouragement and affirmation she will gain the confidence to try the next time on her own. We observe carefully where each child is in her development and then plan specific activities that will aid in the furthering development of a specific skill or concept. We encourage the Pre-K child to be responsible for her actions, to clean up behind herself, and to be a helper to others. We want the child to feel accepted, secure and competent.
Pre-K Afternoon Program Taught by Katie Baker , assistant Susan Adkins
This class is held on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 12:30pm to 3:00pm.
The following is a list of general objectives for our Pre-K program:
• learn to trust adults outside of parents
• learn to respect the rights and property of others
• learn appropriate means of communicating needs and feelings
• learn choice making – freedom to choose activities and explore at own pace
• learn how to problem solve
• learn responsibility for own actions and care for the materials and classroom environment
• learn cooperation and taking turns
• develop attention span
• increase in physical strength and coordination
• know colors
• know shapes
• learn to write first name, being encouraged to write in lower case letters
• learn letter recognition and understand that different letters have different sounds
• begin differentiating between left and right
• learn one to one correspondence
• have freedom and materials to write words as the interest and desire emerges
• learn Pledge of Allegiance
• learn phone number; begin learning address
• understand spatial relationships
• learn to follow directions
• learn to function within a group
• develop a love and enjoyment of good books
• begin realizing letters and words have purpose and meaning
• gain self-esteem
• gain self-confidence
• learn to build friendships
• enjoy art experiences which allow for creativity and skill development
Transitional Kingergarten Class Taught by Sue Duffied, assistants Kim Spencer and Susan Adkins
This class is held on Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 11:00am.
The main focus for the Transitional Kindergarten program is the development of specific skills necessary for kindergarten readiness. Children are placed in this class because they are of age to begin kindergarten but have been given an extra year for development in specific areas. Some children need to develop their social skills and others need to develop their physical skills (coordination, writing, etc.). Some children are struggling in their understanding of particular concepts and cognitive skills. Some children are simply still very much involved in playing and are not yet ready for more structured and focused learning. Still yet, some children are simply given the extra year to continue to mature and grow as a whole.
The teachers for this class will look closely at the particular areas the children need to develop in, catering the curriculum to meet those concerns. Self-confidence and responsibility are key ingredients for successful learning and these will be developed through a variety of methods and experiences. The world is a structured place and it is important for children to understand how to operate within limits and guidelines. The teachers will guide the children to understand how to operate within limits and guidelines. The teachers will guide the children in appropriate group behavior, turn taking, developing attention span and ability to focus, respecting rules and others in the class, as well as cooperative efforts in shared experiences.