Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (3 year olds)
Mon – Thurs (4 year olds)
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In recent years, multiple studies have concluded that a quality pre-school and pre-K education provides benefits that literally last a lifetime. At Phoenix Rising, children begin their schooling in a warm, home-like atmosphere designed to fit the needs of three and four-year olds.
Students learn to progress from attending school three days a week to four days. Already, the children spend part of their days interacting with students in the K class, which provides greater opportunities for social development and exposure to different facilitators. Allowing children to spend time in an enriched environment at such an early age creates a great beginning for the rest of their lives, both in school and out of it.
All learning is based around themes such as “Winter” or “Helping”. Within each theme, children engage in creative play while building foundations for language, writing, mathematics, fine motor skills, art and cooperation.
Stories are a very popular part of every week and fit in with the current theme. For example, the class might read Dog’s Colorful Day and act out the story using a stuffed dog and colorful splotches that the dog collects during his adventures of the day. This also serves as a great review of colors.
Children practice counting and sorting objects related to the theme of the week, such as mittens during the “winter theme.” They also enjoy “shopping” at the class store, where they practice cashiering and counting pennies, nickels, quarters and paper money.
Art is always related to the current theme and includes a diverse range of activities, such as painting snowballs for snowmen, using spray bottles to create snowflakes and creating murals around the classroom.
The children are introduced to the alphabet through movement and play and by experimenting with different kinds of shapes and lines, with a focus on the letters in their own names.
The children are introduced to scientific exploration through spending time in nature, preparing food and learning about gardening in connection with our outdoor education program.
Sometimes food intersects with art and writing in a given theme, like finger-painting with pudding to practice the letters in their names. The children learn how to prepare yeast in order to make bread and how to make butter that is stored for later use.
The children play a role in preparing the school garden each year and learn about the life cycle of plants. They participate in a creating a collective garden that is shared among all of the classes.
Resources for Free Time Activities and/or Dramatic Play
The Pre-K room includes a wealth of props and materials for many different activities. These include but are not limited to:
- Dress Up with costumes, props and animal masks
- A felt board and puppets for play acting and stories
- kitchen and dishes
- Grocery store with merchandise, cash register and grocery bags
- Construction and building supplies including several kinds of blocks, tool kit, and toys that can be taken apart and put back together
- A sensory table (this includes water, bubbles, shells, beans, colored pasta and polished rocks)
- An easel and wall mural paper for painting and drawing