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4 Year Olds

Four year olds are energetic and imaginative. Their sense of humor is expanding and they are often confuse reality with “make believe”. Four year olds are proud of their accomplishments and are willing to try new tasks.

Cooperative play begins to emerge at four and five years of age. As their social and emotional development matures, children play more cooperatively with others. Their play has an organized structure and children communicate with others as they work together towards a common goal.

Our focused curriculum allows children to expand their cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills in preparation for kindergarten. Throughout the day, children have opportunities to make self-directed and guided choices, and participate in small groups and projects.

A Typical Day in our Four Year Old Classes
  • Free Choice Centers- The children are guided in selecting what they want to play with. The teachers observe and interact to extend their play and learning. The teachers read, play and sing with the children individually and in small groups.
  • A.M. Snack- Morning snack is set up as a center activity. Children may choose to have snack at any point during the allotted time.
  • Morning Circle Time- The children participate in a teacher led group time where they complete daily activities such as calendar, the weather, and classroom jobs. During this time, the children are exposed to math concepts including patterns in objects and numbers, graphing and making charts. They read books related to the lesson plans theme and also participate in songs, dancing, and playing games. This is also a time for the teacher to introduce new concepts and ideas to the class.
  • Teacher Directed Activities/Free Choice Centers- Children are separated into two or three small groups where they work with the teacher on a structured activity. The remaining children are participating in free choice centers. Throughout the morning, the children are encouraged to rotate through the teacher directed and free choice activities.
  • Handwriting Without Tears- Children complete developmentally appropriate activities that teach about crayon grip, letter and number recognition and formation and body awareness.
  • Outdoor Play- Teachers supervise and interact with the children as they explore the playground environment and equipment. Some examples of outdoor activities include sandbox play, climbing and sliding on the age appropriate play structure, pretending on the dramatic play stage, kicking and tossing balls, structured games, building with blocks, etc.
  • Story Time- The teacher will read books to the children or they are also welcome to choose books from the library to read on their own.
  • Lunch- Children wash their hands and eat as a whole group. The teachers sit with the children and encourage conversation about the day’s events, the meal itself or other things of interest to the children. In a four year old classroom, the main focus of the meal is sitting together and being social at mealtime.
  • Closing Circle- Prior to departure for the half day children, the teacher will gather the children in a closing circle to talk with their about the events and activities of their day.
The Full Day Schedule continues as follows:
  • Rest Time- The children are provided a rest/quiet time beginning at 1:30. Sleepers are given the opportunity to sleep until at least 3:00 or until they wake on their own. Non sleepers are provided a quiet time where they rest their bodies for at least a half hour and then are allowed to participate in quiet activities.
  • PM Snack- Children was their hands and eat a light afternoon snack together.
  • Free Choice Centers- The children are guided in selecting what they want to play with. The teachers observe and interact to extend their play and learning. The teachers read, play and sing with the children individually and in small groups.
  • Outdoor Play- Teachers supervise and interact with the children as they explore the playground environment and equipment. Some examples of outdoor activities include sandbox play, climbing and sliding on the age appropriate play structure, rolling balls, blowing bubbles, building with blocks, etc.