Four-Year-Old Program

In our Four-Year-Old program students continue exploring the world around them through free play, creative artwork, story time, and field trips. After completing our Four-Year-Old program, children are well prepared for their kindergarten year socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Four-Year-Old classes take a more in-depth look at the alphabet by practicing writing each letter, investigating each letter, and the sound each letter makes. Activities such as games, puzzles, cutting, and use of various manipulatives help children continue to develop fine motor skills, which serve as the foundation for handwriting skills. Gross motor development continues during daily recess. In addition, Four-Year-Olds participate in Special Area classes which include Music, Christian Education, Learning Center, Science Lab, Chapel, My Gym and Creative Movement.  Our four-year-olds also participate in two off-campus field trips a year which help enrich their learning and connect their knowledge to everyday interactions.  

Teacher/Student Ratio 2:14. 

Developmental Goals for Fours 

To promote Christian values by encouraging sharing, confidence, independence, and kindness.

To surround children in a happy, loving and nurturing learning environment.

To promote Self-Help/Independent Behaviors:
- Washes hands independently
- Unpacks and packs up lunch items independently
- Drinks from a cup independently
- Cleans up area after lunch and center time
- Helps to put toys away in the correct location
- Carries and hangs up personal belongings
- Recognizes own belongings and takes care of them
- Able to manage bathroom needs independently
- Follows morning and afternoon routines for unpacking and packing up
- Focuses on a task to completion
- Follows multi-step directions to complete tasks in the classroom

To promote Social/Emotional & Language Development:
- Learns to play with peers, share and communicate
- Develops security and a feeling of success
- Develops self-control, independence, and responsibility with self-help skills and daily routines
- Requires minimal reassurance/prompting from teacher to complete tasks and routines
- Works independently
- Willing to try new activities
- Participates in /cooperates during classroom activities
- Transitions from one activity to another
- Initiates, participates and communicates effectively when playing with peers
- Shows curiosity and a desire to learn
- Responds positively to adult guidance
- Demonstrates leadership skills in classroom
- Confident with peer relationships and stands up for own rights
- Begins to develop conflict-resolution skills
- Speaks clearly enough for teachers and peers to understand
- Listens attentively during large and small group instruction
- Learns to understand and follow multi-step directions
- Able to focus on a task to completion
- Asks and answers questions
- Uses creativity and imagination to interact with peer during unstructured play
- Uses classroom materials appropriately and responsibly

To promote Cognitive Development:
- Develops kindergarten readiness skills in language and math through daily work and play
- Can distinguish between numbers and letters
- Counts to 15
- Beginning to recognize numbers 0-10
- Beginning to recognize words that rhyme
- Beginning to display one-to-one correspondence when counting
- Able to classify/sort by size and color
- Demonstrates an understanding of calendar concepts
- Prints first name independently
- Gives full name, address and birthday

To promote Physical Development:
- Exhibits large muscle coordination
  (runs, jumps, skips, gallops, climbs, hops, pumps on swing)
- Uses crayon/pencil/scissors with moderate control
- Learns three-finger grasp of writing instruments
- Able to copy simple shapes
- Uses scissors to cut on straight and curved lines
- Learns to manipulate buttons and zippers for self-help skills

Typical Four-year-old Daily Schedule

- Arrival
- Table work/Puzzles/Folder Games
- Circle Time
- Centers 
- Playground
- Lunch
- Daily Review, Story and pack-up
- Dismissal