Multi-Age & Pre-K
Our Multi-Age & Pre-K program (the "Explorers" class) is offered to children who are 3 and 4 years old by September 1st.
Children learn through group and individual activities, open-ended sensory experiences and discovery, creative expression and art, experimentation and problem-solving, team collaboration, and music enrichment. MDO teachers work to develop appropriate social behaviors and work habits that build confidence. Lessons focus on large and fine motor skills, math/science readiness, and language arts/reading readiness. Most importantly, learning is tons of fun!
There are many benefits to being part of a multi-age educational environment. Older students model classroom and social behavior, assist with academics, and are helpers and leaders. Younger students enjoy befriending their older classmate role models and demonstrating their maturity as they learn and grow.
Children in the Multi-Age & Pre-K program receive differentiated instruction and are required to attend 5 days per week, which allows for better absorption of class lessons and time for more in-depth explorations of the materials presented. Concepts that are appropriate for both younger and older students are taught in whole-group lessons and more complex Kindergarten-readiness lessons involving phonics, reading-readiness, and math are taught in age-appropriate small groups. Younger classmates regularly socialize with our 3-day Threes Class and everyone in our 3s and 4s program plays together on the playground. Typically this class is made up of older 3s and also 4s. There is one teacher to no more than 8 children.
A typical day in Multi-Age & Pre-K includes:
- Small group or one-on-one activity with the teacher.
- Classroom centers (providing discovery, sensory, and creative expression opportunities).
- Group time for class discussion, stories, topic exploration, calendar and weather study, and songs.
- At least 45 minutes of outdoor play or large motor play.
- A special activity (art, science, Spanish, music, etc.).
- Snack and lunch (outside, weather-permitting).
Pre-K academic goals for four-year-olds:
- Learn to write first name with confidence.
- Identify all letters of the alphabet, know their sounds, and how to write them.
- Recognize and write numbers 1-10.
- Practice counting to 100.
- Deeper understanding of colors and how to mix them to make new colors.
- Explore science through experimentation and hands-on activities.
- Begin social studies by talking about our community and how we fit into it, learning about community helpers (fire fighters, police officers, etc.), and exploring other cultures.