Teacher: Joan McDonald-Smith
The Pre-Kindergarten has two programs – the Pre-K 4 year olds (the Shooting Stars) and the Pre-K 3 year olds. Classes for the Shooting Stars are five days a week from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. There is a lunch buddy program for Shooting Stars morning only students so that they may stay for recess and lunch until 12:30 pm for a nominal fee. We also have an optional full day program for the Shooting Stars, which ends at 2:50 pm. In the afternoons, we have reinforcement lessons from the morning, crafts everyday, computer, educational games and once a week we have been going to the gym for hand and eye coordination games.
For the Shooting Stars, we have Religion, Art, alphabet lessons, Math, Music (with Mrs. Springer and also during our day), Yoga and low impact aerobics, Center time filled with many activities, Snack, and Circle time. Our Circle time involves books, book discussions, phonetics, short games, and songs. In addition to that, the Shooting Stars have Physical Education lessons (with Mrs. Harkins), Spanish (with Sra. Bracha), Library, and Science. Our Science program is quite extensive and provides more than basic concepts. We learn much about plants, the human body, winter-themed concepts such as static electricity, matter, and how to use microscopes.
Parents receive a weekly newsletter as well as a class monthly calendar. Pictures are constantly added to our Snapfish album of classroom activities.