The pre-kindergarten program for children ages 4 and 5 is a planned program of thematic units. Each theme is built upon a series of hands-on activities, which are integrated throughout all subject areas and learning centers. Children will learn math, science, vocabulary, reading and social skills, all disguised in forms of play and experiences. Four and five year olds are eager to learn new things, therefore we allow them to do so through teacher and peer interaction in both large and small groups. Children learn best by doing and we give them ample opportunities to do so. The curriculum focuses on developing your child’s skills in several areas, including: language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, gross and fine motor development.
Activities in the Gray Barn include:
Reciting poems, singing songs and sharing stories, calculating and measuring, identifying differences in the world, identifying feelings and emotions, in themselves and others, and learning about sharing and generosity. Dramatic play; practice counting bears or blocks; learning about people, plants and animals; participating in shared activities with peers; practicing balance, jumping and throwing; participating in family style dining during snack and lunch; and learning about patience and manners. Children learn to recognize print through identifying their names on their coat hook, participating in question of the day, using the job chart, graphing the weather, using the light switches, identifying faucet temperatures, "reading" books, being read to and recognizing the labeled play areas and bins.
Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards:
Our program focuses on your 4 and 5-year-old child’s primary areas of development. Scroll over the standards below to learn more.