The 5 Day programs are for children, 4-5 years of age and meet Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. with two extended day options, 1)two days per week, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 2)four days per week, Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The 5 Day classes are made up of 12 to14 total children with two teachers.
THE GOALS OF THE 3-5 YEAR OLD PROGRAMS ARE:
(1) Social Growth:
- (a) to gain respect for the rights and feelings of others;
- (b) to foster cooperative play situations; and,
- (c) to develop and expand conflict resolution skills.
(2) Emotional Growth:
- (a) to encourage independent thought and understanding of feelings and behaviors;
- (b) to support the expression of emotions;
- (c) to gain consideration for others; and,
- (d) to provide support in the process of separation.
(3) Cognitive Growth:
- (a) to facilitate the development of each child’s ability to think logically;
- (b) to use words and ideas clearly and to apply knowledge; and,
- (c) to provide an environment rich in opportunities to practice skills necessary for future academic success.
(4) Physical Growth:
- to facilitate the development of small and large motor skills through games and daily play and the daily use of classroom materials.
To achieve these goals, the programs offer a morning circle, indoor exploration and play, snack time, outdoor exploration, small and large group learning times, and a good-bye gathering.
In addition to the above mentioned goals, our 5 Day Program is a pre-kindergarten (“pre-k”) program designed to prepare children for their transition into kindergarten; as such, certain skills are reinforced on a daily basis and are in accordance with guidelines given to the Center by local public and private kindergarten classrooms as skills necessary for future success in school. Most importantly, the pre-k classroom, as in all our classrooms, seeks to help children develop a positive attitude toward learning.
Teachers will encourage children to experiment, considering their efforts, not simply the result, as valuable and instructive. Discovering is viewed as learning and fun! The classroom will provide an open-ended, emergent curriculum with many opportunities for making observation, asking questions and testing hypotheses arising from direct experience. In this way, children can develop skills essential for future learning through discovering the many ways these skills are used.