2 Day Ones
Monday & Wednesday 9am-12pm
1 Teacher : 4 Students Ratio
Our Two Day Ones class is for children who turn one year old on or before April 1st so that all children in this class will be at least 18 months old by the time school begins in September. Children will begin to socialize and interact with others and learn to separate from primary caregivers. This class is not extremely structured, but it is a true class with a curriculum and offers art, story time, sensory and exploratory play experiences, weekly music and rodeo time, group snack time, as well as other developmentally appropriate activities. Children need to be walking independently, have given up their morning naps and no longer use bottles during the day. This class will have a staggered entry into preschool during the month of September.
2 Day Twos, 3 Day Twos & 5 Day Twos
Tuesday & Thursday , Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Monday-Friday 9am-12pm
1 Teacher : 5 Students Ratio
The difference in skill level for children between the ages of 24 and 36 months is greater than that of any other of the preschool years. For this reason, our two year old classes are grouped by age into older and younger groups. Children turning two on or before August 31st are eligible for Two Day Twos. Three Day Twos and Five Day Twos are for older two-year-olds with priority given to children who turn two on or before April 1st.
All two year old classes are play-based and follow a curriculum that offers developmentally appropriate centers encouraging children to begin exploring art, sensory experiences, puzzles, manipulatives, imaginative play, and more. Children in these classes will participate in a short morning meeting with classroom jobs, songs, finger plays, as well as story time, group snack time, and weekly scheduled music, rodeo, and outdoor classroom time. These classes will begin learning independent self help skills, social skills, classroom routines, and what it means to be part of a community.
All twos, regardless of age or previous school experience, will have a staggered entry into preschool during the month of September. Twos are eligible to stay for Lunch Bunch from 12pm to 1pm beginning in October but only after prior approval from their classroom teachers.
3 Day Threes, 4 Day Threes & 5 Day Threes
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Tuesday/Thursday/Friday or Monday-Thursday 9am-12pm or Monday-Friday 9am-1pm
1 Teacher : 6 Students Ratio
Our threes classes are play-based and follow a themed curriculum that encourages growth in all areas of development. Through centers and a mix of child and teacher directed activities, children explore art, sensory activities, dramatic play, blocks, manipulatives, and math and reading readiness skills, all while working on social emotional growth and independent self help skills. Children in these classes participate in morning meeting, story time, cooking days, group snack time, as well as weekly scheduled music, rodeo and outdoor classroom time. Threes may stay for Lunch Bunch from 12pm to 1pm. Our 5 Day Threes class bring their lunch from home each day and eat with their class as part of their daily schedule.
4 Day Pre-K Fours & 5 Day Pre-K Fours
Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm or Monday-Friday 9am-1pm
1 Teacher : 8 Students Ratio
There is no set age or developmental difference between our four day and five day offerings for the fours. All children enrolled in these classes must turn four on or before August 31st. The choice of which fours program to enroll in should be made based on the number of days desired. These classes focus on the social-emotional development of four-year-old children while preparing them for kindergarten. A theme-based curriculum is taught which includes hands-on learning opportunities for acquiring the readiness skills needed for both public and private school kindergarten. Children in these classes participate in morning meeting, story time, cooking days, field trips, as well as weekly scheduled music, rodeo and outdoor classroom time. Our fours classes bring their lunch from home each day and eat with their class as part of their daily schedule.
5 Day Transitional Pre-K
1 Teacher : 8 Students Ratio
TPK is offered for older fours (turned four by January 1st) or young fives opting for an additional year of preschool prior to entering kindergarten. Being older is not the only reason and/or criteria for registering for TPK. While remaining play-based, this class is for more mature children who are advanced in their social and self-help skills and ready for higher level learning. Children in TPK are expected to be capable of more focused attention as they participate in multiple group meeting times each day and take part in whole group projects and activities to learn new concepts and readiness skills. In addition, this class participates in cooking days, field trips, as well as weekly scheduled music and rodeo time. Children bring their lunch each day from home and eat with their class as part of their daily schedule. The current year teacher MUST complete and submit the TPK recommendation form to the preschool office prior to registering.
During Rodeo, we bring out big wheels, little wheels, tricycles, kettle cars, and various other appropriate riding toys so that children can work on their gross motor skills as they zoom around under our picnic shelter. All classes participate in Rodeo once a week. Parents can choose to leave a helmet at school or send one in with their child each week.
Music and Movement
Music and Movement incorporates song, rhythm and motion to foster language development, boost spatial reasoning skills, and build gross and fine motor skills. Our music teacher provides musical instruments & props to enhance the program. All classes participate in Music and Movement once a week. In December, our Threes, Fours and TPK classes participate in a fun Holiday Sing-A-Long which families are invited to attend.
Twice per month, our Threes, Fours and TPK classes attend Gathering Time with the Children’s Director at Epworth United Methodist Church. Age-appropriate songs, finger-plays, and stories are shared during Gathering Time to foster the children’s spiritual and character growth. Epworth Preschool welcomes children and families of all faiths and religious beliefs.