Most four-year-olds are ready to begin preparation for kindergarten. Because they learn best through play-based activities – both with friends and on their own – our preschool program balances free play and structured individual and group activities. We offer lesson plans created around weekly and monthly themes, while still allowing for flexibility to address each child’s individual needs and interests.
By this age, children are developing intimate peer relationships, asking questions, and discovering self-discipline and control. Our curriculum nurtures this growth through activities in the areas of reading and pre-reading, science, math, large and small motor skills, dramatic play, and creative movement. We always take different levels of ability and learning styles into consideration when developing appropriate activities for this age group to ensure each child’s needs are met.
Our four-year-olds receive weekly Spanish classes with experienced teachers who encourage learning through stories, music, crafts, and games in an immersive environment. Four-year-olds are also welcome to enroll in our Spanish immersion preschool offered at select locations.
In addition to personal care and routines, children spend time:
- Participating in “Circle Time”, including songs, books, music and movement and curriculum-based experiences
- Participating in “Free Choice”, with the opportunity to move from center to center and make choices of what type of materials they would like to play with. Some examples include:
- Science – age-appropriate materials may include: magnifying glasses, magnets, puzzles, plastic animals. Children learn age-appropriate scientific concepts, language, and vocabulary
- Manipulatives – age-appropriate materials may include: stringing beads, puzzles, Legos. Children work on fine motor skills, cognitive skills, language and vocabulary, and emotional and social skills
- Math – age-appropriate materials may include: counting bears, scales, measuring containers, number and shape puzzles. Children learn classification, organization, patterning, measurement, and more.
- Engaging in curriculum experiences to promote physical, social, emotional and cognitive development
- Playing outdoors, often twice a day, to engage in motor activities
- Cleaning up after a day of play using labeled bins as a guide, learning to classify and organize, which are important pre-reading and math skills.
While you’re at work, your child will be taking on new adventures in new languages. Our four-year-olds participate in a weekly Spanish lesson, during which time, our experienced language teachers use fun lessons that incorporate music and play to give early exposure to other cultures.
Preparing for Kindergarten
We provide ample opportunities for children to learn and develop important social, cognitive, language, and motor skills they’ll need in school.