Our four-year-olds have a very busy schedule that includes circle time, calendar, weather, letter of the week, music class, Pee Wee Fitness class, chapel, recess, free choice play, math activities, writing practice, work with phonics, organized games, thematic activities/weekly special themes, developing friendships, dramatic play, and using activities that help problem solve to think critically and creatively. We make it our goal to have all of our children prepared for kindergarten by the end of the year.
The children that attend five-days per week will get a more concentrated program in Phonics and begin short "reading circles" by January. The three-day four-year-olds (usually our younger 4's) will progress to blending sounds. We will challenge all of our students to excel as far as they are able, and still have plenty of time for fun and playtime activities, celebration of special holidays, silly days, and discovery of the world around us.
We will keep parents informed with our monthly newsletter and calendars.
ABC - 123
This A Beka book introduces number concepts and the formation of numbers 1-20. Children enjoy counting and coloring familiar objects for each number and forming the numbers. Phonics-based reading readiness pages are full of carefully sequenced activities in recognition, sound, and formation of vowels (long and short), consonants, consonant-vowel blends, and one-syllable words of one or two vowels. Children color the pictures and complete the activities on a weekly basis. This coordinates with our letter of the week and many other themes and units of study.
A Beka Writing Tablet
The A Beka Writing Tablet is correlated with K4 curriculum. Students will be tracing and practicing letter formation on the colorful pages. Pages have activities that help with recognition, sound, and formation of vowels, consonants, blends, and one and two vowel words. We teach manuscript (print) writing.
As children learn vowels and consonants, we begin to teach them how to put them together. Our five-day four-year-old class will work hard to learn this new skill, which is a great boost to reading skills. Children climb up the ladder by "reading" the blends for every consonant they learn.
Bible stories are introduced each day with a variety of fun activities. We use storybooks, flannel graph, video, plays, puppets and God's Word to instill character training, examples of Godly living and right choices, and the many miraculous things done for us. We learn simple Bible verses. We learn that God loves us so very much, and we are to love others and make wise choices in behavior. We use the Association of Christian Schools Purposeful Design Bible Curriculum in our 4 yr old program.