Challengers

(Monday/Tuesday/FridayorMonday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday)

Must turn 4 on or before 5/31

Sessions

9:00AM - 2:00PM

Extend your child’s preschool day by enrolling them in our Challenger class.  This kindergarten readiness class is a thematic, language-based program which will incorporate math, science, social studies and art through the beauty of children’s literature written by some of our favorite authors like Eric Carle, Jan Brett, Ezra Jack Keats, just to name a few.   This class will also include most of the monthly study units from our five year old classes.

This class will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday or Monday, Tuesday, Friday to those children who will turn four years old by May 31st prior to the start of the school year.   Your child will bring his/her lunch to school and eat lunch with their classmates.  Their day will end at 2:00 p.m.

Thematic learning is optimal for early childhood.  Children will make sense of their world and make higher level cognitive connections through thematic learning.  Our world is all interconnected as part of God’s orderly plan.

Through this challenging program each student will be fully equipped for kindergarten success and will be more prepared to make connections in their everyday world.

General Overview of Curriculum Themes

(Each preschool day has a more specific theme)

September:
God’s Wonderful Colorful World; Nursery Rhymes and Fables
(Our first field trip – Gardener’s Nursery)  Stephen Kellogg
October:
People Who Wear Masks and other Community Helpers
(Harvest Party)    Lois Ehlert
November:
Colonial America  
(Field trip to The Mill at Anselma)     Julie Flett
December:
Christmas!
(Our Christmas program is not to be missed. This unique portrayal of Jesus’ birth will warm your heart!)       Ezra Jack Keats
January:
Space and Our Planet Earth
(Field trip to West Chester Univ Planetarium)     Jan Brett
February:
Our Country      Diversity Unit
March:
Windy, Muddy, Squirmy, Buggy, New Life…Spring!    Leo Lionni
April:
Living things
(Field trip to Marsh Creek)       Tomie dePaola
May:
May-hem! A little of this and a little of that!
(Messy Day; Graduation)       Christopher Silas Neal

Daily Schedule

(Schedule will vary based on activities)

Centers:  Social, Language, Math, Science
Phonics and Handwriting: Wilson Fundations®;  Learning Without Tears®
Craft Activity or Art Appreciation
Circle Time:  Interactive Activity, Calendar, Pledge, Weather, Story, Songs and Finger plays
Music/Creative Movement and/or Outdoor Time:  The children enjoy our spacious, fenced-in playground area as often as possible or play downstairs in our large recreation hall.
Snack
Bible Circle Time:  Bible Story, Songs, Prayer time
Recess and Lunch
Gathering Activity
Journaling and more centers

Circle Time
Prayer Time
Get ready for dismissal