Morning Preschool for ages 3 and 4
This is a combined age class with both three and four year olds attending. Children must be age 3 or 4 by August 31st of the school year. Mixed age classes create an amazing learning opportunity. This class will give your children a chance to mentor and be mentored by, their peers. Class structure will include open exploration time, story time, music, a sit down snack time, and outside play.
This class is taught by Teacher Karen and Assistant Teacher Mary and parent/caregiver volunteers in the classroom. Caregivers are responsible for being in class as a teacher helper approximately twice a month. They are also responsible for bringing snack for the class on a rotating basis. Monthly parenting education classes are held once per month in the evening.
STEAM Kids extended learning time
STEAM Kids is a project-based, enrichment add-on class for regular morning preschool families, open to ages 3 and 4. Each child brings their own lunch, which we eat together as we discuss the current project. Each month we have a different theme for our projects, such as:
- Kitchen skills
- Drama and storytelling
On Friday, only the four-year old’s attend class. Children must be age 4 by August 31st of the school year. We will work on pre-k skills through hands-on, natural, outside activities. We go outside each Friday, taking ownership of our neighborhood and observing changes and growth through year long observation projects.
Each Friday, the children will be given a “prompt” or “challenge” for our outside directed learning. Upon returning to the classroom, we will discuss and document our findings in our Nature Journals. The remainder of class will be spent in free exploration or working on a teacher led activity that supports the learning completed outside.
Toddler Class for age 2
Caregivers attend with their 2-year-old child (between 24 months and 36 months as of August 31st) every week for a two-hour class. Your child will be exposed to all the activities that will prepare him or her for preschool, including paint, play-dough, imaginative play with friends his or her age, story-time, songs, and a little rambunctious play.
Every other week you and half the caregivers meet with the parenting education instructor for discussion and support while the other caregivers are with the children and their teachers. Caregivers are also responsible for bringing snack for the class on a rotating basis (approx. 3 times per year). See Toddler Classes: Parent Education and Early Learning (bellevuecollege.edu) for more details.