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PRESCHOOL Four-Year Olds

Ages 48 Months to 60 Months*

Whether they are mixing a cake, brushing the dog, or vacuuming the living room, four-year olds love to help.

It seems like they were a baby yesterday but now your child wants to be like a miniature version of you – pretending to do business on the phone, negotiating with peers, and grabbing a bag for school.  To your four-year old, every day is a new adventure toward independence and school.

At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, our specially trained teachers know that numbers, shapes, and letters are not the only foundations of learning.  We recognize that imaginary friends, monsters in the closet, and three tailed purple cats are very real to your child.  We will help your child discover the facts, fun, and adventure that come from learning about their real and imaginary worlds.  We will do it in a safe, caring environment that recognizes their individuality while encouraging friendship.

We will communicate with you to ensure your child is meeting kindergarten readiness milestones and is ready to excel academically and socially while you are working on your own education, career, or other family related duties.

At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center Kindergarten readiness is a learning adventure.

Four-Year Old Activities:

  • Kindergarten Readiness Activities
  • Daily Writing Journal
  • Computer Use
  • Science Projects
  • Creating and Displaying Artwork
  • Show and Share Presentations
  • Weekly Themed Activities

Four-Year Old Learning Paths - Play:

  • Physical – hop, skip, and jump; can use safety scissors
  • Emotional – feels emotions intensely, including frustration or fear
  • Social – engages in cooperative play; follows rules; growing independence from parents; inquisitive
  • Cognitive – imaginary play is more complex; recognizes letters and numbers; has greater understanding of complex spatial concepts
  • Language – speaks clearly; uses compound sentences; understands rhyming; carries on detailed conversations

Primary Teacher Role:

  • Utilizes Creative Curriculum® in the classroom as children learn through active interactions with the physical and social environment
  • Uses the Houghton Mifflin Language and Literacy Curriculum® supplement Creative Curriculum®, which provides a comprehensive integrated program with age-appropriate resources and lessons designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of four-year olds
  • Uses the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC) to work toward the state of Maryland's goal of school readiness
  • Encourages your child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner by enhancing the child's ability to solve problems, recognize cause-and-effect relationships, and plan ahead.  Children are encouraged to try their ideas, experiment, and use materials creatively.  Songs, storytelling, social studies, science, language, games, blocks, manipulatives, and other creative materials are used in more sophisticated ways, and students are given time to develop their own unique themes of play.
  • Observes and assesses your child's needs and likes/dislikes so that activities meet individual and group learning milestones
  • Works as your partner, communicating with you about your child’s daily development and education
  • Offers tips on how to reinforce learning at home while recognizing that you are the most important person in your child's learning
  • Provides a physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing environment
  • Conducts parent-teacher conferences each spring and fall
  • Utilizes the Work Sampling System® to provide observational assessment information on children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and academic accomplishments in seven domains.  This information is utilized in preparing the classroom lesson plans and is shared with the parents during parent-teacher conferences.
  • Consistently defines clear limits and expectations
  • Utilizes "redirection" as a behavior management technique

Four-Year Old Schedule and Rates:

Student Parents**
Staff, Faculty, Community Parents

Weekly Rate

Full Day Rate

Block *** Rate

Activity Fee

* Age ranges may vary slightly as children are transitioned to the next age/classroom level after reaching key developmental milestones and as spaces are available.  Children turning 5 after the September 1st Kindergarten deadline are welcome in our classroom.
** Student Parents Rate available with enrollment in six (6) credit hours per semester.
*** Blocks are either 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Minimum enrollment is for two day or two blocks per week.

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