The 4K experience begins each morning with a community building circle time that includes stories, singing, reading, and calendar math. Our 4K program prepares students to enter 5K as confident young learners.
The curriculum focuses on approaches to play and learning, social and emotional development, health and physical development, language development and communication, mathematical thinking and expression, and cognitive development. Students begin preparing for early math concepts and finish 4K with a foundation in letters, numbers, and sounds through our Learning without Tears curriculum. Curriculum and foundational academic skills are also embedded in centers in the classroom that are intentionally set up for children to practice fine motor skills, reinforce concept development in literacy, math, and science, practice communication, social, and life skills, build vocabulary and problem-solving.
Language and Literacy: Reading and Writing come alive each day in the 4K classrooms through literacy enriched daily activities, classroom centers, and teacher guided lessons that build on a child’s understanding of both written and spoken language. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integrated throughout the 4K day and are taught in conjunction with reading collections, songs, poems, finger plays, and teacher prepared materials. We continue building a foundation in language expression, letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, listening skills, following directions, handwriting with proper pencil grip, storytelling, reading readiness, and rich vocabulary development through our Handwriting Without Tears program.
Math: In 4K, children learn to think like a mathematician and express their mathematical understanding through connections to their everyday lives, games, stories, mysteries and intriguing problems, manipulatives and visual models. Children learn about numbers, operations, geometry, patterning, measurement, and data analysis.
Discovery: In the 4K classroom, children are encouraged to make connections and develop logical thinking through experiences, discoveries, wondering and questioning and are introduced to processes of observation, prediction, exploration, investigation, and interpretation. Children in 4K are given opportunities to explore, and make connections while developing an understanding of the world around them.
Classroom centers provide daily opportunities for discovery, curiosity, invention, and wonder.
7:30-8:05—Arrival, Morning Work
8:05-8:30—Morning Meeting Circle Time
8:30-8:50--Handwriting Without Tears
9:50-10:20—Outdoor Play (Recess)
10:40-11:50—Learning Rotation: Academic Centers, Individual Instruction, Small Group Instruction
12:30-1:00—Free Choice Centers
2:30-2:45—Pack up and Dismiss
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations that build confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including music, PE, art, Spanish and library one-two times each week.