Pre-Kindergarten Program

The half-day pre-kindergarten class is for 4s and young 5s who will be attending kindergarten the following year. The curriculum topic introduced at the first circle directs activities for learning in the centers for the day. Children move to small groups at various learning centers to address math, language arts, science/social studies, reading/writing, dramatic play, blocks, and gross and fine motor activities. All centers are established to promote learning through developmentally-appropriate "hands-on" activities. Problem-solving skills are part of an integrated curriculum, which also includes field trips and music/movement classes. A special art program, geared to the “Wonders of Art” from the theme of nature and Native American Indians, is unique to the pre-kindergarten class. Children are also able to enjoy part of each day outside on the playground.

Recommended Reading for Four-Year-Olds

Curious George by H. A. Rey

No Jumping on the Bed by Ted Arnold

The Tub People by Pam Conrad

Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesaw

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Marvin Wanted More!  by Joseph Theobald

Mortimer by Robert Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

Rainy Day Poems by James McDonald

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

Four is a Little, Four is a lot by Cheska Komissar

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Little Oh by Laura Krauss Melmed

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Go to Sleep Gecko by Margaret Read MacDonald

Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein