The Four Seasons pre-primary program is for 18 moths to 2.5 year olds who plan to move into the primary program. In this group we focus on the Reggio-Emilia approach allowing the children to explore new boundaries as they learn to control their new found impulses. This is a year of high energy and rapid growth.
The teacher to student ratio is very low for this group to provide meaningful opportunities for expanding their social abilities and ever increasing language development. While children in this age group blossom and learn in the community environment, their play is primarily independent or parallel. Great attention is given to their social-emotional development as they learn how to express and verbalize thoughts and emotions outside of their family. Through the use of dramatic play, stories, sensory materials, large and small motor activities, hands-on expressions in art, and music and movement the teacher guides the children in laughing and learning in a loving and nurturing environment.
Pre-Primary Community Eligibility Age 18 months to 2.5 years.
Children may be accepted at 18 months at the discretion of the director and based on the following criteria with limited classroom openings. To be enrolled in the pre-primary class, a child must be moving toward independence on the following tasks:
1. On-going toilet training based on child’s interest.
2. Eating and drinking from a regular cup.
3. Able to help with outerwear, clothes, and simple shoes.
4. Understand and express basic communication.
5. Participate and engage in community learning.
6. Thumb or finger-sucking and personal security items for naptime only. No pacifiers.
FSCS has an open-concept school where the children all work together in a child-centered and teacher-inspired environment. Our ideology and approach is inspired by Tools of the Mind and Reggio-Emillia which encourages collaborative learning in an environment of both intentional and fluid structure. In order to establish a balanced community, placement is based on choice of schedule, age, personality, and developmental readiness.