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8:50 - Start time may vary and is dependent on NSD schedules which are finalized in late August
9:00-9:30 Circle time
9:45-10:00 Clean up & potty break
10:00-10:30 Outdoor play
10:30-11:00 Academics/journal/structured play (mock kindergarten)
11:00-11:25 Closing circle, yoga, Spanish & sign language
11:30 Class ends and we transition for lunch
Enroll your child for either full days or for morning half day sessions 5 days per week and they will enjoy a challenging introduction to kindergarten readiness in our Meteor Class (this program is not available in the PM or with 3 day options). This class is designed for children age 4 to 5 years who will be attending kindergarten the following Fall. When Northshore School District (NSD) is in session September through June, our school age classroom is available for a dedicated prekindergarten class for students who are ready for a social and curriculum venue to help them meet the challenges of transitioning into the early elementary years. Sign up for the morning half day sessions for a prekindergarten program, or if you child attends full time and they are ready, they will automatically be enrolled in this focused prekindergarten class (subject to space available).
There is no additional fee for your child to attend this class. This class is offered as a complimentary enrichment for children who meet the qualifications as listed above. It is at our sole discretion to determine if individual children are developmentally ready for this class and it is offered on a space available basis only.
Portfolio Journals: all preK students will create a journal over the course of the year in which they will answer a question of the week with drawings and dictation of their narrative. The journal becomes a tool used throughout the year to measure progress and to discuss with parents during conference times. These are given to each student’s family at the end of the year in June.
A day for your prek student starts with a greeting by a friendly teacher and stowing their own backpack in cubbies so they learn to organize their own things. Once they have entered and washed their hands, children have an opportunity to free play with peers while everyone arrives. During this time, art, sensory materials and interest centers are available to engage children in targeted play. Circle time includes plenty of activities including songs, stories and a different daily game or activity according to the theme of the week. Circles are active and hands on. Once circle is over all children wash hands and prepare for a healthy snack to keep them going. After snack, children use the bathroom and wash hands before grabbing their coats for outside time. During outside children will be allowed to free play or participate in structured games and activities such as green light red light and the sandbox. When they come in from outside they will put jackets away and wash hands in preparation for group times (academics or journals), science or cooking depending upon the day. Yoga will be incorporated on Fridays to relax children’s bodies from the busy week. After academic time children will participate in the closing circle where we will introduce Spanish and sign language.
A year for our prek students will involve all children growing as individuals and academically. By the end of the year all children should be able to write their names, recognize all uppercase letters as well as sounds each letter makes, know and recognize all numbers up to 20 and learn to handle social situations in a positive way.
All children will be introduced to basic Spanish and sign language on a daily basis. These will be introduced during the second circle.
All children will have daily exposure to outdoor activities and games as well free play for them to run and jump while stretching their legs.
Prek students attend a dedicated class for 2 1/2 to 3 hours (times depend on the NSD schedule). Children will learn through a combination of play and structured activities with a focus on academics and social/emotional coaching. Children will engage in weekly cooking projects and science experiments as well as weekly journal entries. Outside time is an important opportunity for large muscle and social skill development. Small group academics will alternate between literacy, math and writing skills to help children succeed in kindergarten. Structured play times include idea development, teacher directed activity expectations and self-completion of tasks.
Sample of curriculum for Meteors: Find something that starts with the letter…, # fishing game, Number Twister, word collage, marble letters, magic names, name caterpillars, science: baking soda crystals, cooking: number trail mix and shape pizzas.