Our three- to four-year-old early preschool classes are specifically designed as the introduction to our pre-kindergarten Reading Readiness Program. In doing so, we have created an age-appropriate “perfectly balanced” curriculum to achieve our educational goals.
Children have quality interaction with same-age peers in our spacious, creative, indoor play room. This beautiful facility is unique to Corner Canyon Academy. We create a safe, warm, atmosphere that was designed to maximize children’s creativity and imagination through role play. This interactive play strengthens character, self-esteem, speech, and the ability to associate with peers of a similar age on a level that outdoor play does not accomplish. Indoor play also allows us to realize these goals during the cold winter months when poor weather and unhealthy air quality limit our time outside.
Outdoor play is essential for healthy growing children. Within our fabulous climbing clubhouse are slides, swings, a climbing wall, tire swing, ship wheel, binoculars, and an eagles nest. Imagination is encouraged as they interact with their peers in this fun clubhouse.
Our colorful playhouse is on a deck surrounding a tree and is enclosed by a white picket fence. Outdoor picnic tables, benches, and flower pots are nestled under shade trees on the deck creating an inviting social environment. Within the playhouse, there are dress-up clothes, table, chairs, and play dishes to encourage outdoor adventures.
We also have a climbing dome, airplane teeter-totter and helicopter where the children can climb, explore, and imagine! These items, as well as the clubhouse, are placed on soft outdoor playground wood chips, which provides a safe, soft landing for jumping and running.
Our large grassy shaded lawn and soccer goals provide many opportunities for children to play outdoor games such as soccer, kickball, football, hide-n-seek, and tag.
We also have cement pad that serves as a basketball court and space for our mini swimming pool that we use for many outdoor water experiences.
If you walk into our school during singing time, your heart will be filled with joy! It will bring a smile to your face when you hear the children’s singing voices fill our school with happiness and love. We sing alphabet songs, theme songs, action songs, and many other fun and exciting melodies. Music inspires children and sets the mood for our day of learning!
Three- to four-year-olds are developing their eye-hand coordination and small motor muscles. This is achieved through the opportunity to cut, glue, paint, color, trace, draw, scribble, and be messy. Creativity and positive direction from our happy, loving teachers instill the desire and love for artistic endeavors.
Indoor and outdoor physical activities and exercise is a must for healthy children. Physical awareness and development is achieved through stretching, balancing, throwing, catching, bouncing, creative movement, and role play to music. We believe it is important to engage in these activities, even during our cold winter months.
Numbers are essential in our preschool curriculum. We introduce age-appropriate math concepts with number recognition, counting, writing, sorting, and grouping. We reinforce all of these concepts throughout our preschool day by counting the letters in the alphabet, the days of the week, and other items in our classrooms. The children have ample opportunities for hands on experiences in sorting and grouping. These concepts give them the foundation for understanding and participating in early addition and subtraction.
Our strong academic program begins with the three- to four-year-old curriculum. When children learn to read with a strong base in phonics, they will have the skill to be excellent readers. Our ‘stepping stone’ reading program begins with sight, sound, letter recognition, and writing. Much of our school day is coordinated around our reading skills. We work on both the upper case and lower case alphabet. The purpose of this program is to prepare our students as they move into the pre-kindergarten program, where they learn blending, diagraphs, and other principles of reading. We read many different types of books pertaining to the world around them as well as books that align with areas of study for the week.
Our lessons, crafts, music, math, P.E, snack time, and field trips all tie in together to create the ultimate learning experience for our children. All teaching aspects are planned carefully to prepare our three- to four-year-old students to enter our four- to five-year-old pre-kindergarten reading program.
Our field trips are chosen specifically to enhance the units of study in our school. Parents always accompany our children on our field trips to ensure safety and serve as fun support for the children. Participating in a hands on experience with their child enables parents to encourage them to share new experiences and knowledge they have gained with the entire family. The field trips also create an opportunity for parents and students to meet and mingle with other preschool parents and students. Many friendships are created and nurtured through our preschool field trips!
Our snack time is meant for a ‘brain power boost’ and is a very important part of our day. Each child is assigned to bring a healthy snack to share with their class on a rotational basis. This is a very special day for your child; on this day, they are the V.I.P., or Very Important Person. They are the teacher leader and helper on this day and are given very special assignments and responsibilities within the class. The children really look forward to their V.I.P. day.
Snack time provides additional reinforcement to our daily phonics study. Parents are encouraged to help their child choose a snack that corresponds with the specific letter or subject being taught. We encourage healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy products, crackers, and breads. (Special accommodations are made if your child has an allergy). In sharing snack assignments, it allows parents the comfort of knowing their child is enjoying a healthy ‘brain power’ snack each day in preschool.
Your three- to four-year-old children will be involved in a Halloween performance and parade in October. They will also be putting on a Mother’s Day program in spring. This gives the children an opportunity to demonstrate many of the things that they have learned for their family and friends. This is a fun opportunity for your child to participate in a fun, safe, encouraging, and character-building experience with their peers.
Every child’s birthday is an important event! We celebrate everyone’s birthday throughout the year in a special way. If your child’s birthday falls when we are not in session, we celebrate on a day that we are in school. This is a very special day for your child and we want them to have a very happy birthday!