Transitional Kindergarten Program
5 Year Olds
We are a half-day preschool. Our morning session begins at 9:00 a.m. and is over at 11:30 a.m. When needed we can also offer an afternoon session which begins at 12:15 noon and concludes at 2:45 p.m. (Please see ‘extended day’ description in this Program section to find ways to lengthen your child’s school hours with us). To attend our ‘T-K’ program children need to be five year of age by December 31st of the current school year. Classes are held five days a week; Monday through Friday.
Philosophy- We believe in an environment that allows children to take risks and gain confidence as they do so. School readiness is defined as the ability to cope, learn and achieve without undue stress. Kindergarten readiness is not a state of knowledge, but a state of mind. We believe that children are capable and that when provided with the tools and space necessary to engage, they can become experts in their work. We provide an environment where each child’s contribution is valued and respected, regardless of challenges. We encourage cooperative learning where children work together to achieve a common goal. As we build upon our existing learning framework (see Pre-K description) children are also introduced to the following specific curriculum:
We have daily *contact talks during large group meetings. We recognize children's reasoning skills and their cognitive development. We work through conflict and problem-solving supporting good citizen behaviors. As children learn these complex skills for behavioral development it is important to remember they are beginners in this learning process. We model reasoning and perspective-taking skills during our interactions in supporting interpersonal social development. Keeping positive relationships develops secure attachments and trust. Securely attached children are better able to make friends, work with others, solve problems creatively, learn and succeed. The best predictor of children's success in school and life is a brain which develops in healthy ways as a result of their attachments to the adults in their lives.
*Contact talks take place between adults and children. These support the development of a child's social skills, thinking skills, and language development. All are key to components to school success.
Our interactions create "I wonder" moments supporting creative thinking. Additionally, these daily moments help children make connections and build their cognitive skills.
Readiness means having well development social cognitive and physical motor skills. We provided enriching opportunities through collaboration at daily meeting, honoring our country by singing "God Bless America" daily writing and printing practice, public speaking to peers, story formatting, engineering and scientific learning, compassion and care of people and animals in our environment, developing number sense, and accountability to our community both large and small. Most importantly, spiritual development occurs daily with prayers and weekly with chapel.
Drawing, writing, sign-making to protect one’s work, storytelling, dictation, and writing their own stories.
Public Speaking Opportunities
Class Mascot – children get to take care of the class mascot for a weekend and they dictate their words about the experience. We read this journal in class and many share photographs as well. The students get to answer questions about their weekend.
Journaling – children have their words written down regarding an experience. The teacher reads it in class and the student answers questions.
Children brainstorm as a group what they are interested in. Teachers observe children and see where their interest lie and make suggestions. Children initiate their own plans. Their interactions are thoughtful, cooperative, and they ask and answer their own questions as they dive into the project. It may be a project which lasts a month or so, or something simple which may be studied for only a week. They plan and organize supplies, encounter obstacles and solve problems. Children become more independent and confident as they work through their plans.
Interest centers in each Pre-K classroom include Blocks, Dramatic Play, Art Studio, Easel Painting, Light Table, Writing table, Communication Center, Clay, Wire Experiences, Reading Corner, Lego table, Hands on Science and Live Animals, Musical Instruments, and Tactile Experiences.
Extracurricular activities include; chapel; music and movement; motor lab; woodworking and garden lessons.
Please read our school philosophy (including ‘The 100 Languages’)
Annual tuition rate for the 2020- 2021 year is $5,500.00 or $550.00 per month.