Overview:
Our four year old program is designed to provide academic preparedness for kindergarten. The program incorporates the age appropriate standards in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Art and Spiritual Guidance. It includes direct instruction, creative and instructional projects, physical education, free play, circle time, story time, music and snack time.

We spend a great deal of time on the alphabet and phonics; writing, recognizing and rhyming. We strive to incorporate many different learning opportunities through sensory learning, visual cues, artistic expression, science experiments, cooking, story time, dancing, singing, fun and games.

One of the goals and hopes of our program is to give the children an opportunity to develop relationships and learn how to socialize. Towards that end, and in our attempt to concentrate on cooperative play, we use centers in our classrooms. A learning center is a space set aside in the classroom that allows easy access to a variety of learning materials in an interesting and productive manner. Learning centers are usually designed to offer a variety of materials, designs and media through which students can work by themselves or with others to operationalize the information learned in the classroom. Working with children in a small group setting allows for more direct teaching and enhanced student response; they provide a less intimidating environment and give the teacher the opportunity to focus on specific areas of study.

Typical Daily Class Procedures/Routine:
Centers
The children will play/learn in a specified “center”, in a specified group, for a specified time. Each group will change centers every 15-20 minutes, and have the opportunity to play in all areas, each day, but in a more controlled atmosphere, with a more guided outcome. The hope is that the children will learn to be more kind toward one another, a little more cooperative in sharing both play and clean-up responsibilities. Each day the groups with change and the children will have the opportunity to play with everyone. We are constantly rotating and changing our groups.

Free Play/Art Activity
During the free play time, teacher and assistants work on the art activities with the children. All projects have an educational theme and objective for each class session.

Gym or Playground
The class is given a special time to use either the gym or playground for their physical education program.


Clean-up Time
During this time, the children learn to clean up after their free playtime.

Snack Time
The snack time will always begin with a prayer. The children may also distribute the class napkins and cups.

Circle Time
During this time, the teacher will have:
- Stories (should possibly connect with the day’s lesson)
- Discuss the theme of the day’s project
- Pledge
- Weather-calendar-season
- Counting activity
- My Country Ties of Thee

Direct Instruction
During this time, the teacher will instruct on some of the following areas:
- Worksheets
- Weekly Reader
- Science experiments
- Cooking
- Experience charts/original class stories

Music Time
During this time, the children will learn new songs, learn finger plays and hear records.

Show and Tell
Show and Tell is to be done on specified days.

Dismissal
During this time, the children will sing a goodbye song and/or Jesus Loves Me.

Curriculum

I. Social Awareness
- Making new friends
- Sharing
- Taking turns
- Learning to follow class routines
- Separation from parent
- Learning to work in a group
- Learning to work independently
VI. Language Arts
- Show and Tell
- Reading readiness (word recognition)
- Introduction to writing name and numbers
- Listening games and activities
- Experience chart
- Stories both books and felt board
- Following directions
- Alphabet
- Recognizing upper and lower case letters
- Letter sounds/phonics
- Recognizing and writing name
- Newspaper - Weekly Reader
- Recognizes and names colors
- Opposites
- Literature and poetry
XI. Arts and Crafts
- Painting
- Easel
- Finger Painting
- Sponge
- Watercolor
- Craft projects
- Cutting
- Gluing/pasting
- Coloring
- Crayons
- Markers
- Chalk
- Clay and play dough
- Lacing
II. Social Studies
- Me
- Family
- Holidays
- History
- Transportation
- Community helpers
- Patriotism - Flag
VII. Math
- Shapes
- Circle, square, triangle, rectangle, heart
- Oval, diamond
- Numbers 1-10
- Counting 1-50
- Patterns
- Sizes
- Graphs
- Matching
- Sorting
- Rhyming
- Sequencing
- More and less
XII. Trips
- Pumpkin farm
- Post Office
- Fish hatchery
- Planetarium
- Special trips planned by individual teachers
III. Science
- Weather
- Seasons
- Trees and plants
- Seeds and flowers
- Animals and fish
- Cooking
- Environment study
- Birds and insects
- Colors
- Five senses
- Stars, sky and sun/astronomy
- Measurement
- Magnets
V111. Music
- Songs
- Dances
- Rhythms
- Instruments
- Finger plays
XIII. Values
- Kindness
- Tolerance
- Responsibility
IV. Health
- Cleanliness
- Dental and health hygiene
- Nutrition
IX. Spiritual
- Learning about God and Jesus
- Learning about God’s love
- Learning about God’s world
- Learning how to pray
- Learning to be:
- Caring
- Helpful
- Thankful
XIV. Books Produced by Children
- Portfolio for parent/teacher conference
- Alphabet
- Four other books pertaining to the curriculum
V. Physical Education (Playground and Gymnasium)
- Gross motor skills
- Small motor skills
- Movement skills
- Listening skills
- Body coordination
X. ComputerArts and Crafts
- Introduction to computer use
- Age appropriate programs
- Language skills
- Math skills