Soapstone UMC Preschool

The toddler class will participate in the following activities during the year:
  • Fostering curiosity about the world around them
  • Building new friendships/relationships
  • Using their whole body to learn
  • Exploring a variety of art and sensory materials
  • Building with blocks
  • Moving to music
  • Simple games
  • Playing and exploring the outdoors
  • Engaging in pretend play
  • Listening to rhymes and stories
  • Celebrating birthdays and holidays
The toddler class will strengthen their development in the following:
  • Showing curiosity about things in their environment
  • Showing pleasure in new skills learned
  • Using toys/ objects to explore cause/effect
  • Gaining self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Use their senses to explore the world around them
  • Trying unfamiliar things and interacting with new people
  • Finding comfort in familiar surroundings
  • Learning to share and take turns
  • Asking for help
  • Playing alongside others
  • Expressing appropriate choices through action or the use of simple language
  • Learning to maintain attentiveness and focus
  • Developing a positive sense of identity and self-awareness
  • Forming friendships
  • Respecting others
  • Following simple directions
  • Using simple language to communicate needs
  • Building large muscle control/ strength
  • Mastering pre-reading skills utilizing familiar rhymes and stories
The 2-year-old classes will participate in the following activities during the year:
  • Fostering curiosity and expressing interest in the world around them
  • Exploring a variety of art and sensory materials
  • Building with blocks
  • Moving to music and rhythms
  • Playing and exploring the outdoors
  • Learning about their world through science
  • Engaging in pretend play
  • Listening to rhymes and stories
  • Hearing God’s word in Chapel
  • Celebrating birthdays and holidays
The 2-year old classes will strengthen their development in the following:
  • Discovering things in their environment that interest them
  • Gaining self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Use their whole body to learn about the world around them
  • Separating with little to no anxiety
  • Learning to share and take turns
  • Playing alongside others
  • Engaging in pretend play
  • Developing a sense of independence
  • Using resources within their environment to solve a problem
  • Expressing appropriate choices through action or the use of simple language
  • Maintaining attentiveness and focus
  • Developing a positive sense of identity and self-awareness
  • Forming friendships
  • Respecting others
  • Following simple directions
  • Using simple language to communicate needs
  • Building large muscle control/ strength
  • Mastering pre-reading skills utilizing familiar rhymes, imitating special language in storybooks

 

 

The 3-year old classes will participate in the following activities during the year:
  • Creating original artwork
  • Using blocks and accessories to create structures and engage in pretend play
  • Hearing God’s word in Chapel
  • Preparing special snacks
  • Going on field trips
  • Celebrating birthdays and holidays
  • Moving to music and rhythms
  • Sharing with the class
  • Playing and exploring outdoors
  • Listening to and engaging in rhymes and stories
  • Counting and sorting manipulatives
  • Completing simple puzzles
  • Learning about their world through science
The 3-year old classes will strengthen their development in the following:
  • Discovering things that interest them and sharing their interests with peers
  • Use a variety of senses and resources to explore the world around them
  • Utilizing problem solving skills to explore different ways of doing things to see how they work
  • Getting along with peers and playing together in a group setting
  • Engaging in make believe play
  • Express knowledge of their every day life and environment through play
  • Developing new ideas and sharing them with peers
  • Try new and challenging things
  • Use a variety of strategies to solve different types of problems
  • Show increase in independence
  • Maintaining focus and attentiveness
  • Developing a sense of belonging to a group
  • Gaining self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Form and maintain friendships
  • Show awareness that their actions affect others
  • Using words to express a range of emotions and needs
  • Building large muscle control, balance, strength, stamina, and coordination
  • Engage in activities to enhance hand-eye coordination
  • Following simple, multi-step directions
  • Communicate in longer, more complex sentences
  • Engage in reading behaviors independently
  • Participate in experiences with songs, poems, and books
  • Demonstrate interest in learning the alphabet
  • Engaging in writing behaviors that imitate real-life situations
  • Using a variety of writing tools with purpose and to express creativity
  • Exhibiting responsibility and maintaining self-control
  • Showing appreciation for people different than themselves
  • Showing understanding of numbers and quantities in play
  • Completing a task

 

The 4-year old classes will participate in the following activities during the year:
  • Creating original artwork
  • Using blocks and accessories to create structures and engage in pretend play
  • Hearing God’s word in Chapel
  • Preparing special snacks
  • Going on field trips
  • Celebrating birthdays and holidays
  • Moving to music and rhythms
  • Sharing with the class
  • Playing and exploring outdoors
  • Learning and engaging in rhymes and stories
  • Playing games and completing more complex puzzles
  • Learning about their world through science
The 4-year old classes will strengthen their development in the following:
  • Discovering things that interest them and sharing them with peers
  • Asking questions to find out more about things that interest them
  • Use what they know from past experiences to understand what is happening in the present
  • Develop and sustain more complex pretend play
  • Use more complex and varied language
  • Make up stories, songs, or dances for fun
  • Approach new challenges independently
  • Evaluate different strategies to solve a problem
  • Show increasing independence and purpose when making decisions
  • Set simple goals
  • Consistently remaining engaged in activity
  • Seeking help from others to complete a challenging activity
  • Expressing awareness of self
  • Form positive relationships with new teachers and peers
  • Using language to sustain conversation
  • Form and maintain friendships with peers
  • Play and interact cooperatively
  • Follow social rules, transitions, and routines
  • Effectively express a variety of emotions and independently manage feelings effectively most of the time
  • Show awareness of others and their feelings
  • Building large muscle control, strength, stamina, coordination, and balance
  • Perform more complex movements
  • Use language to identify needs
  • Develop awareness of basic safety rules
  • Follow more detailed multi-step direction
  • Initiate and participate in more complex conversation
  • Using language and nonverbal cues to express themselves
  • Speaking in full sentences that are grammatically correct
  • Engaging in reading behaviors independently and with increased focus
  • Independently engage in writing behaviors
  • Use a variety of writing tools with increase precision
For 5-year olds (as of October 31, 2016)

Purpose and Skills Development

Our goal is to prepare children  for the challenges of a full-day Kindergarten class by expanding social/emotional and independence skills, pre-reading, writing, science, and math skills.

 

The Transition Class strengthen their development in the following:
  • Sharing readily and taking turns
  • Working in groups or by self
  • Developing further independent skills
  • Following established rules and limits
  • Taking responsibility for personal needs
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • Manipulating small parts and objects
  • Holding markers and pencils correctly
  • Writing the alphabet
  • Using appropriate vocabulary for weight, height, width, length and texture
  • Asking questions
  • Speaking in complex sentences
  • Following directions with multiple steps
  • Knowing days of week, months and seasons in order
  • Sorting and matching various objects
  • Understanding and completing simple math problems
  • Continuing to develop and using their math skills in problem solving and mathematical reasoning
  • Developing and demonstrating listening and comprehension skills
  • Understanding and demonstrating counting  to 30
  • Knowing and understanding positional words
  • Participating in story time and in silent reading

 

If you would like more information, please contact Beth Dickinson, Preschool Director.