3 Day Cooperative & Traditional

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes for children ages 4-5

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3 day class

  • Runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for 4 - 5 year old children.
  • Children must be 4 years old by December 31st
  • Two classes to choose from:

* 4.5 hour traditional class run by Kelli Daugherity and Meghan Cambridge from 9:15 - 1:45.
* 3 hour cooperative class run by Jean Bradley  and Marylu Clark from 9:30 - 12:30. Students in this class may also enroll in our Wednesday Lunch Bunch Program.

 

 

  • Maximum of 16 children - traditional class has a teacher and an aide while the cooperative class has an additional parent helper.
  • Annual tuition is:

Traditional class - $2,950 payable in 10 monthly installments of $295
Cooperative class - $1,810 payable in 10 monthly installments of $181

 

Sample Daily Routine

Cooperative Class
9:30 - 9:55Table Time
9:55 - 10:30Whole Group Meeting
10:30 - 10:50Group Project
10:50 - 11:05Snack
11:05 - 11:25Outside Play
11:25 - 11:35Bathroom
11:35 - 11:45Music & Movement
11:45 - 12:25Centers
12:25 - 12:30Closing Circle Time
Traditional Class
9:15 - 9:35Table Time
9:35 - 9:50Whole Group Meeting
9:50 - 10:00Bathroom
10:00 - 10:30Group Project
10:30 - 10:45Snack
10:45 - 11:10Outside Play
11:10 - 11:45Free Choice & Small Group Work
11:45 - 11:50Clean Up from Morning
11:50 - 12:00Bathroom, Wash-Up & Prepare for Lunch
12:00 - 12:30Lunch
12:30 - 1:00Free Choice
1:00 - 1:25Music & Movement
1:25 - 1:40Outside Play
1:45Dismissal


Table Time:

This is the child’s introduction to the day at preschool where the students may choose from 3 or 4 activities, restricted to the table area of the classroom, that help build thinking and fine motor skills. Such as:

  • A play dough table (building strength in the hands),
  • An art table (rotating cutting and gluing, coloring, beading, dry erase boards, watercolors, etc.),
  • A manipulative table (blocks, K'nex, counting activities, lacing cards, magnets, etc.)
  • The Easel for painting.
  • Counting & Sorting activities
  • We often provide a form of "science" to observe (something that was found outside to look at and investigate with magnifying glasses)
Table Time also includes:
  • Sign In sheet for the children to ‘sign in’ to class
  • Question of the Day which reinforces the themes of the week as well as helping name recognition

Whole Group Meeting:

Warm-up songs, calendar, weather, book, planning our project, math minute, jobs chart & show and tell.

Whole group time is a wonderful opportunity for the children to develop their listening skills and the idea of taking turns to speak. Show and Tell is a great activity the children love, where they get their first chance at speaking in front of a group of their peers. Activities in this whole group time address both math (i.e., graphing, sequencing & patterns with the calendar and weather) and literacy (i.e, following a story). With the jobs chart the children develop on the idea of personal responsibility.


Group Project:

This project will reinforce the theme of the week and is completed by the children at the same time at the tables, with the assistance of the teachers. Over the course of the year the children are encouraged to show greater independence with their work and will start to make connections between the instruction received in the Group Meeting and their responsibility for the project. At this time, the children will also get to have some time working in their journals.

Free Choice/Centers/Small Group Work:

At this time children are free to direct their own learning by using anything in the classroom. Puzzles, games, toys etc. are changed on a regular basis. This is a great time for the children to develop their friendships as well as learning how to share, take turns and all while having fun! The centers will usually include:
  • Imagination Center -- changed out monthly. We have offered a Vet's Office, a Shoe Store, a Hardware Store, a Bake Shop, a Pizza Restaurant, Ice House etc.
  • Blocks Center -- a variety of blocks to build and manipulate.
  • Library Center -- books, puppets, stuffed animals, puzzles and other quiet activities
  • Art Center -- One of the teachers offers another optional activity for the students to complete that goes along with the current theme. Usually free art (paper, scissors, glue, crayons, etc.) and the Easel are open at this time too.
  • Discovery Center - the sensory table is filled with a variety of different materials that correlate to the theme and is changed regularly. For example, during November it might contain corn meal and peas and other Harvest type materials. In Winter it can contain sugar cubes and salt along with vehicles that represent snow plows and they can make tracks through the snow. In Spring it might contain compost and seeds. It always has measuring containers and a variety of tools for the students to use to manipulate the materials.

The 3 Day Curriculum for 4-5-Year-Olds

Cognitive Development:

  • Demonstrate a representational drawing
  • Identify and match familiar objects, eg. foot & shoe
  • Basic understanding of opposites (on/off, hot/cold, up/down, in/out) identify same and different
  • Understand positional words (over, under, behind, front, back, top, etc.)
  • Understand time concepts (today, tomorrow, yesterday, weekdays, months & seasons; soon, later, in a few minutes)
  • Identify objects that do not belong in a set
  • Identify and continue basic patterns (AB, AAB, AABB)
  • Count up to 5 objects; identify specific number of objects on request (1-10)
  • Identify by name the numbers 1-10; rote count to 29
  • Begin basic understanding of measurement (non-standard units)
  • Increase ability to classify, compare and contrast objects
  • Understand & communicate cause and effect. (What would happen if I ….This is spilt, we need to clean it up).

Large Motor Skills:

  • Demonstrate body and space awareness by using controlled movements
  • Demonstrate large motor skills, hopping, jumping, running, pulling, pushing, using steps, walking backwards
  • Demonstrate coordination through throwing, catching, kicking, rolling balls etc

Fine Motor Skills:

  • Demonstrate eye to hand coordination (pegs, beads, puzzles, painting, scissors, glue)
  • Demonstrate fine motor muscle control (eyedroppers, tongs, stringing beads, and lacing)
  • Make a ball out of play dough
  • String small beads, do basic lacing.
  • Hold writing utensil correctly (pincher grip), trace letters, able to write first name.
  • Hold scissors correctly and cuts out a basic shape
  • Complete a 5-10 piece puzzle; build a 5 block bridge through imitation.

Language Development:

  • Listen with interest, to stories read out loud
  • Identify letters in their name
  • Understand the connection between written and spoken words
  • Begin to show awareness of concepts of print e.g. reading left to right and top to bottom on a page
  • Understand and carry out a series of 3 directions
  • Understand questions about quantity
  • Use compound sentences; engage in simple narrative conversation
  • Recall and repeat simple songs, poems and rhymes
  • Properly sequence a four picture story, point out absurdities in pictures
  • Use descriptive words; use words to express feelings
  • State first and last name, gender and age; recognize phone number and address.

Social Development:

  • Sustain attention to a task; follow simple directions.
  • Transition from one activity to the next.
  • Follow classroom and playground rules
  • Show awareness and follow classroom schedule and routines.
  • Participate in small and large group activities; follow rules in group games.
  • Use words instead of being physical to express emotions and/or feelings.
  • Demonstrate independence in routine healthy behaviors (using bathroom, dressing, washing hands).
  • Participates in clean up with little or no adult guidance.
  • Take turns and share with little or no assistance (e.g. in games or using materials).
  • Accept responsibility and demonstrate respect for others and their property
  • Exhibit proper manners without continual adult guidance.
  • Play and interact with others for extended periods of time with minimal friction.
  • Attend to 15-20 minute circle without being distracted.

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