The four-year-old classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-1:00. There are 3 teachers and up to 18 students. In order to enroll, children must turn four by December 31st and be toilet trained and in underpants.
A typical day for our students provides for an extra hour of program time than they had in the 3's class. This extra time begins to expose our students to a little longer school day. Our class is structured to provide opportunities for large group time as well as small group activities, working with a few peers or individually with a teacher on varying activities. Children in our 4's program bring their lunch to school each day to share in the social aspect of conversation and meal time together. We have found this addition to our program to be rewarding and educational.
Usually, we attend monthly field trips with students to a variety of locations, all of which enhance our curriculum based on the current month’s themes. We are striving to do as many of these field trips as possible while still maintaining the safety of the school. We encourage parents to assist by chaperoning and driving on field trips, although this is optional. (Note: an additional fee may be charged for some of our trips, but we will let you know ahead of time if this is the case.)
8:45 Drop-off begins.
9:40 Counting, Story, and Music & Movement
10:05 Wash hands, go outside
10:30 Return to classroom, wash hands/ bathroom / snack / wash hands / look at books.
11:00 Circle time / art / indoor small group time/ mini lessons / games / puzzles/ teacher-directed time.
12:15 Bathroom / wash hands/ lunch
12:40 Wash hands/outside
1:00 Parent pickup
Special Day / volunteers:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to suspend parent involvement in the classroom. We have put into place new guidelines and policies based on CT State Executive Orders, OECm and CDC guidelines for the health and safety of all. We look forward to welcoming you back into our classroom again.
On your child’s special day, they take on the roll of line leader as well as calendar and weather reporter, in addition to setting the table for their classmates. Any significant adult in your child’s life is welcome to join us virtually for story time as a "Mystery Reader."
To see some of our 4's program photos, please visit our photo gallery by clicking here.
Based on the teachings of Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, we attempt to hold class one day a month outside. With the exception of below freezing temperatures or pouring rain. If we are not on site, we may be visiting a local Farm, Lost Acres orchard, exploring at Roaring Brook Nature Center, Westmoor park, or hiking on one of our local land trust properties. Art, science, story, music, snack, and play are held outside. We enter into the building for approximately 30 minutes of our 3 ½ hour program to eat lunch if we are on site or eat lunch out at one of the many locations we visit each year.