Bethlehem Christian Preschool of Thorton
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5 year old

The Three, Four and Five Day Pre-K Programs are filled with activities that are designed to encourage individual and spiritual growth, confidence, and creativity. Your child’s experiences in preschool will have a great deal to do with the shaping of his/her educational growth. The habits and attitude your child has toward school are rooted in these first years in school. This program will encourage children to feel confident enough to think for themselves, cooperate with others and share ideas.

 

Curriculum for Pre-K Five's 

 
 

The Three, Four and Five Day Pre-K Programs are filled with activities that are designed to encourage individual and spiritual growth, confidence, and creativity. Your child’s experiences in preschool will have a great deal to do with the shaping of his/her educational growth. The habits and attitude your child has toward school are rooted in these first years in school. This program will encourage children to feel confident enough to think for themselves, cooperate with others and share ideas.

  • Our learning environment will be one that encourages active participation on the part of the child.
  • Children will learn as they explore, observe and interact with each other 
  • Children will be encouraged to express themselves through art, writing, music, and movement • Our curriculum will help to build important foundations for language and reading skills as well as all kindergarten pursuits.

READINESS SKILLS WE WILL INCLUDE: SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

  • Expressing self appropriately 
  • Take care of personal needs 
  • Playing cooperatively with others 
  • Appropriate play with more than one other child 
  • Sharing 
  • Accepting responsibility 
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Develop ability to listen-increase attention span 
  • Following directions 
  • Encourage independent work

CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Interest in learning 
  • Recognize patterns of colors and shapes 
  • Identify letters(will practice writing upper and lower case letters) 
  • Associate letters with sounds 
  • Identify numbers (practice writing numbers to 10)

SPEECH/LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • State first and last name, age and birthday, address and phone number 
  • Use complete sentences 
  • Form questions 
  • Answer questions
  • Retell an event or story (sequencing) 
  • Take appropriate turns in conversation 
  • Answer questions about a story read aloud 
  • Vocabulary development 
  • Visual discrimination

In addition we will provide activities that further develop major language skills and concepts by working on:
•Classification • Visual memory • Left to right progression • Whole/part relationships • Written communication • Comprehension

  • SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Bible stories and songs
  • Drama
  • Learning about God’s love
  • Developing obedience
  • Living Christian values

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

  • Control of crayon, marker, pencil, with proper hold 
  • Cut with scissors •
  • Write first name using upper case letters 
  • Completing puzzles
  • Stringing beads
  • Build with blocks
  • Using glue and art materials 
  • Play dough
  • Other manipulative toys

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • Run, jump, skip, hop, throw
  • Rhythm activities
  • Outside play 
  • Music activities
  • Riding bikes
  • Parachute
  • Bean bag activities

CREATIVITY

  • Engage in finger plays, songs and poems •Use of many art mediums 
  • Express oneself through music, art, storytelling, and dramatic play

MATH IN THE PRE-K THREE, FOUR, AND FIVE DAY PROGRAMS

Math for young children must be concrete and filled with play and exploration. It is important that young children truly understand foundation concepts before moving on to more abstract operations like addition and subtraction. There is a developmental sequence for teaching math we will follow. Children need to internalize each skill and build on the preceding skill:

  1. Classification – Grouping, sorting into categories 
  2. Patterning – creating repetitions of symbols or objects 
  3. One-to-One Correspondence – pairing or matching items to objects 
  4. Ordering and Sequencing – smallest to largest, lightest to heaviest 
  5. Numeration – ability to recognize numerals and place a correct numeral with a given set of objects 
  6. Measurement 
  7. Addition 
  8. Subtraction 
  9. Graphing 
  10. Fractions

These math concepts will be addressed throughout the year using games and various activities. Math and counting will be learned in the meaningful context of everyday experiences.

PRE-K EXTENDED DAY ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Pre-K Extended Day Enrichment Classes will be available to the children who are enrolled in the morning Pre-K 3 day and 5 day classes.  This program will be offered Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 11:30-2:00 pm.

This extra time at preschool emphasizes socialization skills while the children participate in entertaining group activities such as “Soccer Shots”, Yoga, “Hola Espanol”, Music, and Art Enrichment.

In addition there will be class time when fun themes will be introduced which will allow more time to be spent on:  language arts, science, math, and project-based learning activities.  The activities developed for this program are creative, hands on, and interactive.