Our Preschool 4’s program is designed to thoughtfully prepare our young students for Kindergarten, all in a loving, Christian classroom environment. Children in our Pre-4’s classes participate in structured activities in the areas of pre-reading, speaking and writing instruction, small and gross motor development, mathematics, science, faith and music. Circle time may often include a more in-depth discussion about the week’s theme, the Bible lesson presented, alphabet letters or mathematics. Our Pre-4’s teachers enhance learning through both large and small group instruction. Small group activities give teachers an opportunity to provide one-on-one instruction, and to carefully assess student progress. Teachers reinforce age-appropriate social and behavioral expectations. Children are taught to work cooperatively and independently, to follow directions, to listen attentively and to interact well with peers and adults. Our students are taught to pray thoughtfully, to follow Christ’s example, and to think of others. It is our hope that all of our Preschool 4’s will feel confident and well prepared academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally, for their next school experience and beyond.
Pre 4’s Class Size
Max 16 children – 1 teacher & 1 aide
Pre 4’s Class Offerings
We offer 2 different class options for Preschool 4’s; 3 day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), and 5 day (Monday – Friday), as well as two different schedules; half-day (8:45am – 12:00 pm) or a full-day (8:45 am – 3:00 pm). The full day features additional hands-on enrichment activities through thematic units and supervised play under the direction of our afternoon staff.
Preschool 4’s Prerequisites
Students must be 4 years before December 1st. Children entering St. Timothy’ Pre 4’s program are required to be potty trained. Potty training implies that a child is able to use the bathroom successfully on a regular basis. This includes a child’s ability to independently fasten and unfasten his/her clothing. Self-sufficiency is an important part of being potty trained. Each child should be independent in the bathroom, not needing adult assistance for basic bathroom needs.
We introduce the children to alphabet letters and sounds through a program called Zoophonics. This hands-on multi-sensory program teaches our students the name of each letter, along with an animal, such as Bubba Bear or Allie Alligator. The children also learn the sound and hand motions that go with each letter and animal friend. Our thematic curriculum, Creative Pre-K, offers each student a well-rounded learning experience through lessons in science, mathematics, art, and music. In addition to our theme-based instruction, we utilize a pre-writing program called, Handwriting Without Tears in all of our Pre-4’s classes. This exciting program is designed to enhance each child’s development in the areas of pre-reading, writing, language and math. As a Christian preschool, we also teach Bible lessons through a program called One In Christ. The children learn an age-appropriate Bible lesson each week. Art and dramatic play are often incorporated into each Bible story.
The KiddieLead Program (Preschool – Kindergarten) is a character development/leadership program focused on introducing positive character traits and strong ethical values to all students. The 16 character/leadership traits are introduced through play and project-based learning. Throughout the year, students are given opportunities to lead their peers in small group activities, thus giving each child the opportunity to experience leadership both as a leader and as an active team member.
Friendship Fixer is a Biblically based curriculum that teaches conflict resolution skills to children throughout our school. The six step program uses sign language and props to reinforce the importance of their relationship with God and others.