Young Pre-K Educational Overview
Our Young Pre-K (YPK) class is designed to build on foundational skills your child has already begun to develop. The three-year-old continues to demonstrate a deep curiosity for the world around them.
Our YPK class is designed to build on foundational skills your child has already begun to develop. The three-year-old continues to demonstrate a deep curiosity for the world around them.
They will typically begin to follow simple three step directions when in relation to an activity, and their developing independence is evident in all they do. Their curiosity and thirst for knowledge drive them to explore the world around them with growing interest and longer attention spans.
By utilizing a balanced program of thematically-based, hands-on activities in STEAM (science, social studies, technology/engineering, art and mathematics), our staff is able to continue to present our three-year-olds with information that appeals to all their senses, encouraging learning while having fun.
Following the unique RNS schedule each day, upon entering the classroom, children are greeted by the staff with a warm smile and a hug. The children are guided to put their personal belongings away in their individual storage area and are off to 20 minutes of free play.
During Free Play, YPK have access to a selection of activities that continue to drive social and emotional development. Building blocks, art supplies, puzzles and pretend-play activities are set out for the children to choose from. The freedom to choose their own activity helps to encourage independence and decision-making.
Following Free Play, the children join their friends and staff on the rug for Circle Time. Circle Time is one of the daily routines designed to provide structure and usually takes place around the same time each day. During Circle Time, staff and children sit together on the rug and begin to develop a sense of community. Children will begin Circle Time with a song or short story, explore the weather, calendar and discuss the theme/activity planned for the day. The SmartBoard is also utilized to make this time more interactive for the children.
Circle Time is also where children are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings, through the Conscious Discipline model.
Following Circle Time, YPK moves to the table area for a healthy snack and then continues with their Group Activity/Lesson. Here the children work collectively on the daily thematic lesson. This activity can range from a science experiment, an art project, following a recipe or even constructing and building a specific item.
As the children complete their Group Activity/Lesson, Tray Work is set out around the room with games and activities specifically designed to encourage fine motor and cognitive development. These activities change with the children’s developmental capacity.
RNS’s staff is so welcoming, the teachers, aides, and directors are like family. They are warm and kind, really engage with the children and give everyone individual attention.
Daily visits to our playground and multi-purpose room for Music, Yoga, Pottery and Cooking are also part of your child’s RNS curriculum.
Through the implementation of thematically-based, hands-on activities across the subjects, free play, and encouraged exploration, our curriculum keeps the Development Continuum Skills at the forefront of the program while our experienced and nurturing teachers work to encourage your child’s progress in those areas in which they are ready to advance.