Kindergarten & Advanced Pre-K (Busy Bees)

This classroom consists of children who are Kindergarten age (5 by September 1st) and children who are Pre-K age who have demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.  All students in the class are taught on a Kindergarten level.
The curriculum consists of all the major subject areas and is a full day program.  The Houghton Mifflin curriculum is used as a base for reading, writing, math, and social studies; and Discovery science is used as a base for the science curriculum.
However because we are a Stars learning center, we also incorporate many child directed exploration activities and centers to teach and grow on the skills for the various subjects as well as to teach fine and gross motor skills, phonics, emotional, social, and self-help skills.

Throughout the year in reading and writing children will learn important skills such as penmanship, phonics, and beginning reading strategies such as using cues and decoding and encoding skills.  In math children will learn about topics such as patterns, sorting, number sense and correspondence, money, time, skip counting, addition and subtraction to name a few.  In science, children will learn about animals and plants, life cycles, recycling, weather, water, magnets, the earth’s resources, and nutrition.  We will conduct a number of experiments to explore these topics including a chick hatching project and butterfly hatching project in the spring.

 The social studies for this age group focuses on areas and people close to home such as family, school, community and holidays and answers the questions of Who?, What?,  Where?, When?, and How?.
The classroom is designed for exploration in centers to learn about these topics and others.  Center time is child directed learning.  Some of the areas where children can learn about the world around them include computer, dramatic play (dress up, kitchen, dolls etc.), blocks, rice and water table, math, science, writing, phonics, creative (play-doh), art, listening, music, puzzles, and reading.

This classroom does not have a nap time but they do however have a designated “quiet time” each day for the children to have some much needed “me” time.  During this time of the day children color, read, do puzzles, lay down if they wish, and basically unwind from the day’s activities.  Children are also scheduled recess daily to play as they wish indoors and outdoors. 

A typical day in this classroom is listed below…

6:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  Drop off time/free play (no later than 9:15 a.m.)
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Breakfast, clean up
10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Morning Meeting
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.  Reading/language arts/phonics/practice work
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Centers/Outside Play
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Recess
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Math
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Science or Social Studies (these 2 subjects alternate and there will also be times throughout the year when math is extended and there is no science or social studies)
2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Snack and Quiet Time (sometimes we will have exercise time during this time block)

At 3 p.m. the kindergarten class combines upstairs with the Teddy Bears for free play (indoors or outdoors) until pick up.

Summer Camp

Radcliffe Learning Center offers summer camp from ages 6 weeks to 9 years of age.