C.C.C.C. offers a half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten program for children who are 4-years old prior to September 1. Our Pre-K classes meet Monday through Friday from September through early June, and parents may choose a 3-day, 4-day, or 5-day schedule. Children enrolled in our half-day program attend from 9:00-11:45 AM, and those enrolled in our full-day program attend from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Teachers work in collaboration with children to develop curriculum that is meaningful and fun. Learning activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate for all students and meet the Massachusetts Department of Early Education’s Guidelines for Early Learning Experiences.
Pre-K Classroom Environment
The Pre-K classroom is organized into different learning centers. Each learning center is filled with engaging materials and necessary tools for children to experiment with new ideas and apply skills they have already mastered. Children explore the concepts in curriculum through planned activities in learning centers that incorporate literacy, language, writing, art, collage, sculpture, construction, drama, science, sensory, cooking, math, cultural studies, music, dance, computers, puzzles and games. The learning centers in the preschool and pre-kindergarten classroom support the curriculum and introduce children to skills that encourage learning and build understanding
Books, puppets, music, poems, pictures, books on tape and flannel boards; the Library offers children a variety of materials support language and literacy development. Puppet play between friends helps children develop language and communication skills essential for life-long learning. Independent reading time allows children to practice holding books and following the story through pictures as they begin to develop word recognition. Songs and music help children develop important memorization skills that will promote early reading. Flannel boards and flannel pieces encourage children to use their imagination and create their own stories. All of these activities found in the Library help foster a love for books and reading!
The Writing Center
The Writing Center allows children a place to work on the small muscles in the hands that strengthen the fine motor skills needed in learning to write. Materials such as lacing beads, sewing cards, stencils, and play dough encourage children to practice fine motor skills. As children develop the ability to hold crayons and pencils, materials that encourage writing are introduced. Materials such as pencils, clipboards, and picture dictionaries offer inspiration and imagination takes over as children use paper and envelopes to create "cards" for a family member. By adding pictures of food and some glue sticks, children are motivated to create restaurant menus for the dramatic play area. By integrating the Writing Center into the entire classroom, children learn to write by doing things they love to do such as making games, labeling their sculpture in the gallery, or copying a favorite cookie recipe to take home. Learning to write becomes part of the fun!
Like any artist, children too need a studio. The Studio is made up of a variety of learning centers including, art, collage, woodworking, and sculpture, all stocked with materials to inspire the artist in any child! The Studio provides children a place to express themselves in many different mediums. By manipulating clay, they can create bowls or cups for the baby dolls in the dramatic play area. Woodworking helps develop their sense of space and process, and often yields a rather unusual birdhouse! The young painter is inspired to create a masterpiece on fabric, wood, paper, or cardboard. The imaginative inventor uses recycled paper towel tubes and foam pieces to create a meaningful sculpture. Every child is an artist in The Studio!
The Playhouse combines the dramatic play, music, and dance centers into a magical place where children can use their ingenuity to act out their imaginations! Dress up clothes, shoes and hats inspire children to be princes and princesses from far way kingdoms. Dressing and caring for baby dolls help children develop a sense of empathy and self esteem. Role-playing encourages children to practice different social situations and develop language to communicate with family and peers. Playing a variety of musical instruments help children distinguish between sounds and learn about rhythm and pitch, all vital to early literacy. Dancing allows children to be free! Moving to the beat of a drum or a special song allows children to develop a sense of their bodies in space. Gross motor muscles used for balance and coordination are used and refined through dance.
Incredible experiments take place in The Lab! Math and science skills are put to practice as children test theories of "What will happen if...?" Planting seeds in soil, weighing rocks on a balance, measuring the length of the classroom, all take place in The Lab. Children start to develop an understanding of how plants grow, how water moves, and what type of birds live in our neighborhood by testing, observing, questioning, experimenting, and discovering. Children use magnifying glasses, magnets, water droppers and microscopes to investigate natural and synthetic materials. Items are sorted, categorized, counting, and subtracted. Children use rubber bands to create shapes, beads to create patterns, and units of measurement to determine width and length. Through manipulation and experimentation, children acquire early math and science skills and understanding that will help them sort, categorize, hypothesize, and make conclusions about the world around them.
The Cultural Center
The Cultural Center is a place for finding a location on a map, trying to pick up cotton balls with chopsticks, or listening to a beautiful song sung in French. Exposing children to cultures different from their own helps children learn to understand and accept differences in people. Our community and our world are made up of many different types of food, music, transportation, clothing, languages, art, celebrations, and traditions. The Cultural Center offers children a peek at the world outside their doors. Playing a game of dominoes or mancala strengthens children's social and math skills, while teaching them that many of the games we use today in our society were originated in other countries and by other cultures. Recognizing flags from different countries and finding the country on the map help children learn geography. Most importantly, The Cultural Center will act as a special place where children in the classroom can share their own culture and traditions through games, activities, family pictures, and children's own storyboards.
Pre-K Daily Schedule
Outside/Gross Motor Play
Morning Work Stations
Relaxing with a Story
Enrichment Classes with the Afternoon Enrichment Program