4 Year Old Program
Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 12:00pm with Ms. Jonna
Monday through Friday, 12:30pm to 3:00pm with Ms. Tricia
**3,4 and 5 day options available
At Smithtown Nursery School, the four year old program focuses on preparing children for kindergarten, while maintaining age appropriate activities for four year old children. Each day begins with meeting time which outlines the activities for the day, encourages individual speaking, develops the theme for the month, reviews calendar and weather skills and sets the helper chart. We use name cards and play games to quickly help the children with name recognition. We have music time and story time, and incorporate other activities that stress math(counting, sorting) or language skills (games involving letter recognition). We use a great visual aid, “Let’s Find Out,” which provides each child with a weekly four-page booklet covering topics of interest for young learners. Then it’s snack time and outdoor time where we practice large motor skills.
Smithtown Nursery School’s thematic program centers around high interest topics for children in this age group. From September to December we typically discuss seasons and holidays. From January through June, we focus on science-based and language art themes to help children learn about themselves and their world. During play time, there are books relating to our thematic units set out and craft activities that correspond to the theme. The children choose an activity center but may freely move between activities.
We begin introducing initial consonant sounds in January, prompting our wall of sight words. These activities are fun, non-competitive and offer great opportunities for children to share their knowledge, contribute to class discussions and focus intently on the topic at hand. We choose themes carefully and allow the children to present their own themes. Sample themes include: arctic animals, the solar system, under the sea, birds, farm animals, dinosaurs, the beach and all about me, along with shapes, colors, seasonal and holiday themes. We read poetry and write our own stories and poems.
In February, the children begin journal writing. Each child has their own journal and we usually focus on family life. The children who can write will do so. For children who are not yet ready to write independently, the teacher writes their dictated words. We also work on writing the alphabet in a meaningful way that shows children the power of words. We want children to understand the connection between the spoken word, the written word and the readable word. We monitor writing skills and adjust activities to each child’s ability so as to not overwhelm, but encourage growth.
All themes involve presenting information and having children critically respond through the use of word charts, diagrams and narratives. Copies of all work are published and sent home for parents to read.
Our goal is to have children feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. We encourage children to test, question and respond. We listen to each child. We want their Pre-Kindergarten experience to be enriching, rewarding and positive.
Children must be 4 years old by December 1, 2018 to participate in the Program.