About 3 & 4-Year-Old Preschool
After the 2-year old BEGINNINGS class, the children ‘graduate’ to 3 and then 4-year old PreSchool.
The Preschool schedule is as follows:
- Two-day 3-year-old classes Tuesday & Thursday 9-12
- Three-day 3 and 4-year-old classes Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9-12
- Five-day 4-year-old classes Monday through Friday 9-12
- All classes have the option of early care beginning at 8 a.m. each day and/or “Stay & Play” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The preschool Teachers have college degrees, some more than one degree, and at least 18 hours of in-service training each year.
The 3 and 4-year old classes feature a departmentalized format, an educational experience unique to our preschool. When arriving at school, the child will have a directed free-play time in which the child can relax, see friends and expend some energy. They have the opportunity to play with any of the other 3 and 4-year olds who come to school on that day. They may also choose any center, from cars and trucks to painting to dress-ups to roller racers, for example. Both small and gross motor skills are addressed. These centers change daily for variety in the learning experience. After we clean up, we have an ‘opening’ in which we discuss the weather, calendar, current events, birthdays, etc. The preschooler then goes to his homeroom class with his age group for his first class. If, for example, the child is a 5-day 4-year old, his homeroom teacher is Ms. Owensby, and he will start with a snack and then have her Art Class. He then visits Ms. Leanos for Music and next attends Ms. Goss’ Pre-reading and Math class. Weather permitting, 3’s and 4’s then go outside. The daily schedule changes to accommodate chapel on Monday and Tuesday, cooking and parties as well as field trips for 4-year olds and other special events.
The benefit of this format is fourfold. Rather than spending an entire school day in one room with one Teacher, the child has the opportunity to experience a new Teacher and a new and stimulating environment in each of the three subject areas. No area is ever slighted as that subject is the specialty of that Teacher. Secondly, the child has the opportunity to experience preschoolers both younger and older in the early free play setting and move from learning center to learning center as he chooses. The child learns to follow directions and adapt comfortably to both structure and change as he proceeds from class to class; an extremely important preparation for kindergarten. Finally, all of the Teachers and staff get to know all of the children in different settings and can make educated and first hand evaluations and recommendations.
For more information about St. Martin’s Preschool, please call me at (423) 855-1011 or email us at email@example.com.
Kathy McNabb, Director