FIVES PREK PROGRAM

 

A full-day Fives PreK kindergarten-readiness program at FMRNS, is for those children turning 5 between October 1st and September 31st of the program year.  Children turning 5 in the late fall may benefit from this year of discovery-based learning.

 

Monday – Friday      9:00am – 1:30pm

 

CURRICULUM

 

The program is built on a developmentally appropriate, emergent-style, project-based curriculum, designed to challenge your child’s cognitive, social, physical, academic, and creative development using the CT Early Learning and Development Standards as cross-walked for Kindergarten. Our goal is for your child to experience intellectual joy while becoming an empowered, self-directed problem solver and life-long learner, all skills necessary for future academic and social success.  Curriculum goals include:

 

COGNITION

  • Develop executive functioning, decision making, logic and reasoning, self-regulation and an effective approach to learning

PERSONAL/SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Encourage positive interactions in conversations and cooperative play, self-discipline, self-awareness, self-concept and respect for others

  • Recall and follow daily routines with little needed support, including adapting to changes 

LITERACY/LANGUAGE

  • Increase vocabulary, understand homonyms, phonology and syllables

  • Represent learning through creative expression, drawing and invented spelling

  • Use rich descriptive language in peer interaction and in group settings

  • Increase understanding of book/print concepts and conventional grammar

MATHEMATICS

  • Build on math concepts including counting, measuring, sorting, classifying and graphing

  • Understand dimension and shapes, including 2D and 3D shapes 

  • Compare measurable attributes and describe the comparison

  • Count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s

  • Begin addition and subtraction

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE

  • Use scientific observation, investigation, documentation and data collection

  • Pose and refine problems; hypothesize, predict outcomes and conduct experiments

  • Sort and classify plants, animals and minerals

  • Understand life cycles, the environment, weather and geography

  • Understand similarities and differences between cultures

  • Understand concepts of time

  • Learn to take responsibility for self, classroom community and the larger community

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide opportunities that allow children to engage and express themselves through music, visual arts, dramatic play and dance

  • Build understanding of the various arts including the use of descriptive attributes of the various arts 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH

  • Develop large motor skills and core muscle strength and stamina through running, jumping, climbing, balancing, swinging, throwing and exploratory walks

  • Develop small motor skills through writing, manipulating small objects, cutting and drawing with control while using appropriate hand position

 

DAILY SCHEDULE  

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9:00 - 10:15 am      Gather outside for Outdoor Experiences and Walks in the neighborhood. 

10:30 - 11:45 am    Hang up personal items and wash hands before Class Meeting - Discussion                                       about centers & each child’s plans for the day; Child Directed Centers with                                      Organic Snack; Small Groups; Games;

11:45 am               Clean up

11:50- 12:00pm     Circle time with Stories, Sharing, Songs and Movement

12:00 -12:45pm     Transition to  Lunch, Wash hands, Cooking, Eating, Quiet play in the classroom

12:45 - 1:30pm      Outdoors for pick up on the Playground