PreK/Kindergarten – 5’s & 4’s
The Kindergarten/PreK program is a mixed-age program for 5 & 4 year olds. Children often stay with the program for two years.
The program meets 4.5 days per week- Monday through Thursday 8:45am-3:15pm & Friday 8:45am-12:00pm
The curriculum in is built on the following premises:
- All children want to come to school due to the warm classroom environment that they have helped create.
- Children are viewed as capable and competent learners and are important and valued members of the learning community. With this said, children are given choices and responsibility when it comes to their own learning.
- Teachers strive to include children in the planning process. When learning/instruction is meaningful and purposeful to the individuals, it is most effective.
- Children at this stage are learning a new sense of independence. Children have the right to explore who they are as an individual, as a friend, and as a member of a classroom community celebrating diversity.
- Children are a part of a family and community outside of school and come to school with valuable life experiences that enrich and effect experiences in school. To effectively meet the needs of children, partnerships with families and the community are essential. Establishing and maintaining these partnerships while including parents in the planning process is a priority.
- Children want to make sense of their world and their experiences and therefore have the right to spend a good deal of their time at school focusing on this task through exploration of materials and cooperative groupings. This learning and understanding occurs in different ways and at different rates for each child and these differences add to the value of the learning environment. Activities are planned reinforcing different styles of learning (multiple intelligences) whether it be through logic, music, language, nature, art, social, or visual spatial modes.
- To support this growing understanding, teachers establish a rich learning environment that affords children the opportunity to explore and gain understanding of important concepts (many outlined in the Delaware State Content Standards).
- Teachers recognize that in order for children to construct understanding, gain desired skills, and have the tools needed to interact effectively in the environment, some skills/ideas and topics must be addressed in a more focused way. Along with this idea, teachers realize that learning to be a part of a larger group is essential at this stage of development and for future school success. Therefore, teachers provide opportunities daily for focused lessons, small or individual group work and for large group interactions.
2016-2017 DAILY SCHEDULE
The sequence of our day, with few exceptions, will remain consistent. Times however, will be adjusted to match the needs, activities, interests and rhythms of the children. Arrival and departure times will remain constant.
8:45 – 9:10 Arrival and Word Study
9:10 – 9:35 Outside
9:35 – 9:50 Morning Meeting
9:50 – 10:00 Yoga/Mindfulness
10:00 – 10:30 Writer’s Workshop or Social Thinking
10:30 – 11:30 Choice Time with Snack
11:30 – 12:00 Reader’s Workshop
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch/Outside
1:00 – 1:20 Read Aloud/Math Mini Lesson
1:20 – 2:50 Choice Time, Small Group Instruction (Math)
2:50 – 3:05 Interactive Reading/Writing