• Phone : 973.966.9762
  • Hours : 7:30am - 5:30pm
  • Address : 88 Brooklake Road – Florham Park, NJ 07932

PreK 3

Our PreK 3 class is open to children ages 3 – 4 years old. Class size is limited to 20 students and is supervised by a teacher and an aide. Class is offered weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with optional extended care available from 7:30 a..m. to 5:30 p.m. Half-day & full-day schedules are available 3 – 5 days a week. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are prepared on-site and included in tuition on the days & hours during which the child attends school.

Our PreK 3 students have moved beyond the trials and triumphs of the toddler years and are ready to become more serious students. Their academic and social skills rapidly build upon the strong foundation set in place during their first years of life.

Our curriculum encompasses language skills, an understanding of math, literacy, computer skills, creative arts, science, religion, music and physical education. Children in the Pre-K Level programs explore these concepts at their own pace. There are scheduled times for children to play independently as well as in group situations.? Their development is assessed by observations, work samples and a report card.

Typically, children in this age group are demonstrating a large increase in their vocabulary and physical abilities, and our curriculum reflects these developments:

Literacy Skills: Exposure to the alphabet, including letter names and sounds; recognizing, spelling and writing of one’s first name; the building of new vocabulary and listening skills; strengthening of visual discrimination, developing new motor skills through play dough, writing utensils, Legos, etc.

Creative Arts: Exploration of a variety of art processes, including painting, drawing, cutting, collage, etc.; use of a variety of art materials, including crayons, tempera paint, water color paint, colored pencils, markers, clay, etc.

Science Skills: Learning through experience-based activities; making discoveries about themselves, the environment, animals and their homes, plants and growth, foods, their senses; exploring science and using tools such as magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.

Mathematical Skills: Introduction to numerals; classifying, observing size differences, recognizing shapes, creating sets and quantitative concepts, making one-to-one correspondence of objects, sorting and matching shapes and telling time.

Computer Skills: Experimenting through developmental programs: using a keyboard and mouse, playing educational games independently.

Self-Help Skills: Developing the skills to care for one’s needs, including buttoning, tying shoes, zippering clothes, identifying expressions of feelings, giving age-appropriate assistance to teachers during classroom activities, feeding oneself, using hands and utensils, drinking from a cup, sitting at a table when eating and drinking, table setting; learning to rely on self-more, etc.

Social Skills and Manners: Sharing and taking turns with activities and materials; clearly and safely expressing feelings and ideas, interacting with other children and different situations cooperatively and appropriately, practicing sharing with classmates, learning to be patient when waiting for a turn, learning to communicate verbally with teachers, classmates, etc.

Safety Skills: Resolving conflict with constructive verbal communication and negotiation: identifying unsafe actions, identifying and naming all body parts, understanding the difference between friends, family and strangers, learning and reciting identification information including name, address, phone number, asking permission before leaving an area with anyone, etc.

Communication Skills: Recognition of the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they represent, recognition of the numbers, describing a single object using color, shape, position and use.

Religion: Recognition and integration of each child’s spiritual nature within all aspects of the curriculum, the inclusion of age-appropriate prayers, singing and movement, participation in different holiday projects.

Music: Singing differing songs, moving rhythmically and creatively, playing musical and rhythm instruments.