Older Preschool (4K/5K)
THE GIVING TREE
Preschoolers who will turn four during late summer or early in the school year call The Giving Tree (GT) their homeroom. This classroom was formerly the kitchen-dining area of Will and Sandra Dahl's home. Large banks of windows on the east side of this beautiful classroom allow children to enjoy a view of the gardens, play areas and nature center.
Teachers plan goal based lessons to promote children's growth in literacy, math, science, social/emotional, fine arts and more. Theme based activities help children learn to communicate, cooperate, empathize and gain confidence in their abilities. Special classes in Spanish, PE, Nature Study/Science and Music opportunities round out the regular classroom teacher's lesson plans.
THE SECRET GARDEN
Four year olds are welcomed into this charming, full-day 4K classroom which is located in Building #3. The classroom offers a wide variety of teacher created activities designed to meet the broadening skills of the children who walk through the doors. KELC's expansive curriculum, aided by professional teacher-developed lesson plans, makes for developmentally appropriate and engaging activities in language arts, science, math, art, music and more. Lessons emphasize the integration of social skills such as cooperation, empathy and self-control. Nature Studies, Bucky Beats, Spanish, Physical Education, Cooking and Gardening activities round out the rich curriculum KELC offers. The curriculum creates a holistic approach in nurturing a child's social, emotional, and academic success.
Large group, small group and individual education provides a variety of learning opportunities that nurture different learning needs. Life-long skills are modeled and practiced during Morning Meeting, a large group activity designed to encourage children to express themselves through greeting one another, sharing, collaborating on problem solving and academic skill building. Center-time offers children a chance to tap into curiosities by choosing from the areas of dramatic play, sensory table, large equipment, library, listening center and teacher-directed table activities. Small group instruction is practiced to provide children with a chance to receive tailored instruction. Goals, created by parents and teachers, provide the basis for instructional decision making. The Secret Garden, like other KELC classrooms, prepares children well for their first years of school and for a life-time of learning.
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
Hey Diddle Diddle is a 4K-5K classroom welcoming children who are or will be five during the school year. Lessons reflect the children's interests and explore all areas of KELC's curriculum: reading, writing, oral language, math, science, social studies, music, art, Spanish and physical education. Teachers design individual as well as small and large group activities to ensure individual progress in all curricular areas, and to foster curiosity, self-esteem, effective communication and more.
In this bright classroom, 'Everyday Math,' aligned with state math standards, engages students in practical, hands-on learning; 'Center Time' prompts students to choose from activities relating to math, language, art, dramatic play, block play, sensory based play and more; 'Writers Workshop' builds on individual skills as children encounter new writing ideas and share their work, from the supportive arms of the 'Author's Chair,' and in 'Guided Reading' children work in small groups and meet with teachers to read a book that presents a challenge (which teachers will offer suggestions for meeting). Social Studies introduces lessons centering first on ourselves and then moving toward a broader focus on the world, aiming to expand social awareness and character development.