A Day in the Life of a PreKindergartener . . .
Beginning the Day
PreKindergarteners (four-year-olds) begin their school day by choosing a helper. The helper leads their class to the music room for Opening. Opening activities include reciting the pledge to the flag and singing patriotic, religious, and seasonal songs. Each class exits to their classroom when their class song is played. Once back in the classroom, the teacher reads a Bible story, discusses the calendar, records the weather, and closes with a prayer.
Reading and Writing
Each PreKindergarten class is divided into small groups of 4 to 6 children. This allows for a small group rotation of reading, handwriting, and supervised outside play. In the classroom, one group spends 20 to 25 minutes with the teacher working on readiness skills designed to give the foundation for success in formal reading instruction. The other group spends 20 to 25 minutes with the assistant teacher working on handwriting skills. These handwriting skills are taught through the use of our handwriting curriculum, hands-on activities, and interactive games.
It’s tea party time! The teacher and the “helper” of the day serve the tea party. It consists of a nutritious snack and drink. Tea party time on birthdays is celebrated with a special snack.
In addition to having stories told or read, the children learn poems, finger plays, and Bible verses.
During enrichment time throughout each week, children participate in art, music, library, the development of perceptual motor skills, the use of iPads to reinforce classroom skills, and readiness activities. Readiness activities include math, social studies, and science. Manipulatives are used to enhance fine motor skills, visual and auditory discrimination, and expressive language. PreKindergarteners enjoy Scholastic Magazine.
Full-Day for PK
In addition to the morning Half-Day program, parents may choose a Full-Day program for their PK students. PK students in our Full-Day program enjoy the following enrichment programs in the afternoon after the morning program:
While conducting hands-on experiments, teachers encourage the students to see themselves as scientists exploring, investigating, and learning in their own unique ways.
Spanish builds a base that helps students to understand the existence of different languages and cultures both in their country and throughout the world. Students begin by learning vocabulary for common names of things that they recognize in everyday life. Hispanic songs and games are integrated with vocabulary lessons.
SMART Boards and iPads are interactive tools in the Full-Day classrooms that support various aspects of the program by reinforcing and enhancing reading and math skills.
Cooking activities engage students in learning by applying basic reading and math skills in an experiential way.