Pre-K, age 4

The Pre-K year is all about learning while having fun!  Four-year-olds need preparation for the challenges of kindergarten, but still learn best through play.  At this age children are developing more intimate peer relationships, asking questions about the world around them and developing self-discipline and control.  Our Pre-K program is designed to offer a balance of free play and structured individual and group activities.  We offer play centers in the areas of reading and pre-reading, science, math, large and small motor skills, dramatic play, and creative arts.  Our lesson plans are created around weekly and monthly themes while still allowing the flexibility needed to address each child’s individual interests, abilities, and learning styles.   Our program also helps to foster your child’s spiritual growth through daily prayer, weekly visits to Chapel, reading bible stories, and by learning bible verses and songs each month.   Goals:

  • Develop independence
  • Improve sharing and listening skills
  • Improve gross and fine motor skills
  • Experiment with and develop creativity with art materials
  • Learn and develop perceptual and conceptual skills such as big/little, small/large, beginning/end, first/middle/last
  • Identify basic colors, begin to distinguish color shades
  • Identify shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, heart, diamond, star)
  • Improve the ability to cut with scissors including following lines and circles
  • Construct  puzzles with 10 – 20 pieces
  • Develop left-to-right progression skills
  • Learn the roles of community helpers
  • Learn how animals live and how they affect our environment
  • Count to at least 20 and identify numerals 0 – 20
  • Demonstrate one-to-one correspondence
  • Perfect hopping, galloping, and skipping skills
  • Identify body parts including elbow, ankle, brow, and hip
  • Engage in storytelling, dramatics, and reading books
  • Improve manners and thinking skills
  • Identify all upper- and lowercase letters
  • Learn letter names and sounds
  • Print their first and last name
  • Practice writing with correct number and letter formation

  Activities:

  • Daily circle/calendar time
  • Show and tell/share time
  • Multiple story times each day
  • Weekly participation in Chapel
  • Weekly music and movement class
  • Weekly German language class
  • Arts and crafts: drawing, coloring, painting, cutting and pasting, playdough, etc.
  • Outdoor play: sidewalk chalk, tricycles, playground equipment, etc.
  • Indoor play: blocks, puzzles and games, housekeeping and dress up, dramatic play, audio books and, sensory table with sand, water, etc.