"Back Class" Program


The five day pre-kindergarten program consists of mature pre-kindergarten four year olds and five year old children who are old enough for kindergarten entrance, but are not developmentally ready. This blended program allows children to grow and develop, both socially, emotionally and cognitively toward kindergarten readiness. Kindergarten readiness ensures that a child is able to cope within the school environment physically, socially, emotionally, academically and intellectually without undue stress. By allowing children to strengthen developmentally, they show increased interest, active exploration and readiness for learning.


These developmental strengths increase confidence within a child. An increased confidence allows a child to take more chances, therefore, challenging himself to learn and see how things work, master skills and become a more competent learner. Cooperative play is also important at this age, as becoming part of a larger social group is an important focus. As children begin to develop more interactive relationships with their friends, they become increasingly aware of hurt feelings and being left out. Social-emotional readiness develops as a child learns to positively resolve conflicts within a group and is able to cope with disappointment. When this occurs, a child is able to build from the interaction, allowing him to use and construct a better understanding about people and their environment.


These goals toward kindergarten readiness are accomplished by providing positive, direct-structured teaching with enhanced pre-reading, math, science and health skills, as well as, fine motor and gross motor development. Learned skills include:


  • Pre-reading Readiness: upper and lower case letter and sound recognition, including short and long vowel sounds, beginning phonics, visual and auditory memory skill work, sequencing, rhyming, compare and contrast, oral language, inventive writing, shared reading

  • Math Readiness: number sense, classification, sorting, ordinals, patterning, relative positive, measurement and graphing, opposites, number recognition and writing 1-20

  • Science: insects, seeds and plant growth, dinosaurs, five senses, weather, space, animals, estimation of weight and measure

  • Health: food groups, exercise, skeletons, dental health, safety

  • Fine Motor: proper use and control of pencil, crayon, pen, scissors, glue, painting, tracing and other eye-hand coordination work. Practicing writing their name to Kindergarten expectations with both upper and lower case letters.

  • Gross Motor: body awareness, balance, rhythm, music and movement



In addition to our direct, structured teaching, we provide "Exploration Learning Centers" to foster intentional learning, as well as outdoor play. The large open design of the "Back Class" classroom and yard allow children plenty of room for work stations and play areas. During indoor exploration, we offer children encouragement and guidance to move about freely engaging in child directed planned activities and social interaction. These exploration centers include:


  • Literacy Centers

  • Floor Area

  • Dramatic Play Area

  • Art Area

  • "Let's Create" Area (free art area that encourages fine motor and creativity)

  • Library Area

  • Science Area

  • Manipulative Areas


During outdoor play, children have the opportunity to develop their gross motor through a variety of outdoor child directed activities and social interaction. These activities include:


  • Large Grass Area

  • Climbing Fort

  • Swings

  • Slides

  • Bars

  • Sand Area

  • Track for Wheeled Toys

  • Outdoor Art Easel

  • Basketball

  • Playhouse

  • Organized Outdoor Interactive Games


By offering a positive, nurturing environment rich in physical, social emotional and cognitive learning, we also feel it is important to guide and encourage emotional readiness where children learn to respect and care about each others' feelings. As they experience becoming part of a larger social group, we encourage children to learn to appreciate and understand friendship, and how to positively relate with others through interactive relationships with teacher guidance.