Fours

Quick facts
  • Classes meet either four days or five days per week. Four-day classes meet Monday-Thursday, and five-day classes meet Monday-Friday. All classes meet from 9:00-12:50.
  • Four-year-olds attend a music class twice a week, Exploring Lab (science) once a week, and Movement/Gym once a week.
  • Children attend weekly Chapel services. They sing in the Chapel Choir every other month.

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Primary Purposes

In our four-year-old classes, we focus on social and emotional development, independence in daily living skills, and pre-academic skills designed to meet children where they are and prepare them for future schooling. Our goal is to develop critical thinkers who are excited about learning.



Typical Day


Four-year-olds spend their day alternating between whole group, small group, and individual activities structured around engaging science and social science themes. Children of this age build critical thinking skills through play and experimentation in classroom centers, large group discussions and demonstrations, and small group time with teachers. Typical centers in our fours classes include dramatic play, art, writing, blocks, science, math, puzzles, and games. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles are imbedded in many of our classroom centers. Early learning skills, including patterning, letter recognition, letter sounds, counting, writing, and number skills are practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Literacy is highly-valued, and teachers spend time daily reading to the children. Children go out on the playground each day and attend a variety of special classes, including Movement, Exploring Lab, and Music throughout the week. Spiritual development is encouraged through participation in a weekly chapel service. Four-year-olds also spend time each day learning and practicing specific social skills that allow them to build strong relationships with other children and adults.


Curriculum
  • Early literacy skills are taught using Letterland, a child-friendly approach to letter and sound recognition and early reading. Most public schools in Wake County and many private elementary schools in our area use Letterland in the early grades. (letterland.com)
  • Fine motor skills are taught using Get Set for School (hwtears.com/gss) and a variety of teacher-designed activities.
  • Math and science skills are taught using activities that incorporate STEM principles (drpfconsults.com/understanding-the-basics-of-stem-education/)
  • Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com/).