Preschool - 4 Year Olds
In the Fantastic Four classroom, the use of space, furnishings, materials, the daily schedule, and how adults communicate rules and expectations are all important features that influence the teaching and learning process. The learning environment is a critical factor and can be intentionally prepared to help support healthy development. Our learning environment is designed to meet the overall needs of preschoolers and to facilitate their development through age-appropriate experiences.
Due to the individuality of each child expectations vary; each child is challenged but not hurried. Ideally, the following goals should be met by the time a child enters kindergarten.
Our four year old program’s schedule is a lot like our other classrooms. The children arrive, participate in free play for a while and then clean up and get ready for the morning. The schedule may be the same but the content is like no other. The class gets ready for the morning by having circle time and discussing what to expect for the day. The children are engaged in stories, songs and discussions about the weather and upcoming events.
Activities & Development
After the group is over the children are free to choose their activity, but the learning doesn’t stop there. While the class is involved in free play the teacher works with one to two children one on one. She does learning projects that she has planned for the day. This time allows the teacher to see where each child is developmentally and work closer with the ones who need a little extra time and challenge the ones who are ahead of the game.
There is always something new being discovered in the 4 year old room, either by her or the kids. Together, they explore it to the fullest!