Preschool Transitional Kindergarten
Five Day (M-F) – Five (5) years old by 10/31
The Developmental Kindergarten program offers a “kinder, gentler” approach for children who need an extra year to grow before entering Kindergarten. The class is designed to provide an additional year of preparation for children who meet the Kindergarten cut-off but are not quite ready for the rigor of a full-day Kindergarten program.
This program encourages children to build their self-confidence and self-esteem as they develop their social skills and curiosity about the world around them. They will contribute and interact with others in a group to explore and discover new learning through hands-on, minds-on explorations.
The luxury of five days affords the teacher the opportunity to more fully explore each thematic unit with the children. Teachers encourage readiness to learn and question, interest in pretend play, construction, and simple games, and the utilization of the children’s developing sense of responsibility.
All classes are organized to incorporate a variety of activities. The following schedule reflects a typical day at the preschool:
9:30 am Free-Play: Children select from a variety of self-directed activities.
9:45 am Circle Time: The children gather for prayer and welcome. The teacher introduces the theme and centers for the day.
10:00 am Centers: Children work in small groups as they engage in teacher-guided and self-directed activities.
11:00 am Playground
11:30 am Snack
11:45 am Creative Music & Movement: The class participates in Music & Movement activities including songs, fingerplays, gross motor skills, and fitness.
12:15 am Storytime/Closing Circle: Time used to develop language and listening skills.