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Class Descriptions

SPCS CLASS PLACEMENT
SPCS class placement is based primarily on the child’s BIRTH DATE. This placement allows children to interact with peers around his/her own age and developmental abilities. The curriculum has been chosen to meet the specific needs within each age level. Our goal is to help every child reach his or her potential in an environment which best suits his/her individual needs and to provide every child an opportunity to gain confidence and self worth prior to entry into Kindergarten.

 

Curriculuar Objectives:
1. All SPCS Preschool lessons are planned to be Christ-centered, hands-on and experiential, and developmentally appropriate for each age group.
2. Biblical curriculum founded on the Children's Catechism/Westminster Shorter Catechism.
3. Academic curriculum meets Indiana's Early Learning Foundations and ISTAR-KR standards.

 

TWOS (Must be 30 months old by August 2, 2019.)

Meets: Monday/Tuesday
            8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 
 
Class size: 12 students per class with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher
 

Twos Curriculum:

Our goal is to create an inviting, encouraging, and Christ-centered first-time school experience for our youngest students. During their day at school they are cherished, nurtured, motivated, and encouraged. Constantly in motion, two-year-olds are determined to learn on their own. SPCS provides a rich learning environment that helps them expand their vocabularies, find appropriate ways to express their creativity, and safely discover the world around them. They enjoy games, songs, dramatic play, manipulatives, and creative art projects which are centered on a weekly theme. Skills and concepts covered are nursery rhymes, holidays and seasons, creative expression, colors, counting, songs and finger plays, small/large muscle development, and vocabulary.

 

THREES (Must be 3 years old by August 2, 2019 and toilet trained.)

     
Two-Day Threes
Recommended for: Any child of appropriate age but especially those who have spring and summer birthdays.
Meets: Monday/Tuesday      
            8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Class size: 16 students per class with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher

 

Three-Day Threes
Recommended for: Any child of appropriate age but especially those with fall and winter birthdays.
Meets: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday      
            8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.    OR    12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Class size: 16 students per class with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher
 
 

Threes Curriculum:

Many three-year-olds are learning about school for the first time. Our Threes curriculum is designed to allow three-year-olds to learn about school culture in a developmentally appropriate environment. Children grow through hands-on exploration and play, music and movement, and free play with their peers. 

Zoo-phonics is our phonics program and focuses on the lowercase letters, both sound articulation and letter identification. See Zoo-phonics.com for more information. Children will also practice age-appropriate handwriting skills as well as color and shape identification, number identification (out of sequence) to 10, counting, sorting, matching, and patterns. Children will be exposed to science activities that introduce them to exploring God's creation.

Students also benefit from library classes and gym classes each week, and the Three-Day Threes attend music class each week.

 

PRE-KINDERGARTEN(Must be 4 years old by August 2, 2019.)

 

Three-Day Pre-K

Recommended for: Any child of appropriate age but especially those who have never attended preschool previously.
Meets: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday      
            8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   OR     12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class size: 16 students per class with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher

Three-Day Pre-K w/ Preschool Plus 

Recommended for: Any child of appropriate age but especially those who prefer a longer school day.
Meets: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday     
             8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Class size: 16 students per class with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher

 

**Your child will attend their three-day Pre-K class either in the morning or the afternoon. They will then attend the Preschool Plus class the remainder of the day. During this time, they will participate in enrichment and reinforcement activities that accompany the lessons from their three-day preschool class. In addition, they will enjoy a snack, lunch, recess, and a 30-minute rest period. Click here to learn more about Preschool Plus.

Four-Day Pre-K

Recommended for: Any child of appropriate age but especially those who have attended preschool previously and/or would like an additional year of Pre-K  before kindergarten.
Meets: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday   
            8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   OR     12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Class size: 16 students per class with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher

 

Five-Day Pre-K

Recommended for: Any child of appropriate age but especially those who have attended preschool previously and/or would like an additional year of Pre-K  before kindergarten.
Meets:   Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday      
              8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Class size: 16 students per class with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher
 
 
 

Pre-K Curriculum:

Our Pre-K curriculum is designed to prepare children for the physical, social, emotional, and academic skills needed for a successful transition to kindergarten.
 
Our phonics program is based on Zoo-phonics, where the primary focus is articulating lowercase letter sounds first and then letter identification second. Capital letters are matched with the lowercase counterpart towards the end of the school year. See Zoo-phonics.com for more information. Children will practice age-appropriate handwriting skills with the goal of writing their full name by the end of the year. Other skills include refining color and shape identification, number identification (out of sequence) to number 10, counting, sorting, patterns, and sequencing. Children will also be exposed to many STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) learning opportunities as well.
 
Children also benefit from library classes, music classes and gym classes each week. From New Year's to Spring Break, a special gross motor curriculum is used during gym time.

 

What if my child is not ready for kindergarten after one year of Pre-K?

It is not uncommon for some children to need a little more time to grow socially and academically. Parents may choose to re-enroll for Pre-K for another year and will be placed with a different teacher. Though the curriculum guidelines are the same, each teacher has their own approach including crafts, station activities, and special celebrations that make their class a unique experience. A second year of Pre-K may also include a different daily schedule for the child such as a full day or more class meetings per week compared to their prior experience.