Goshen Friends School offers four- and five-day-per-week Pre-Kindergarten programs for children ranging in age from 4 to 5½ years old. Classes are held from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon. All Pre-Kindergarten students enjoy specials classes in art, music, outdoor education, and Spanish.
The four-day (Monday through Thursday) Bumblebees Pre-Kindergarten classroom is geared toward children who have recently turned 4 years old or who would be better suited by a shorter school week. Individual, small-group, and large group activities develop positive self-esteem while introducing developmentally appropriate cognitive experiences, including pre-writing and pre-reading with the Wilson Fundations activity set, speaking, listening, logic, and mathematical thinking skills.
The four-day program strives to enhance the growth and development of the whole child in an environment in which children may explore various stimulating and challenging materials.
Development of positive self-esteem and learning to enjoy school are important skills that are nurtured in the four-day class. The program is flexible to allow each child room to grow socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically while developmentally appropriate cognitive (academic) experiences are being introduced.
The five-day (Monday through Friday) Butterflies Pre-Kindergarten program encourages older 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds to utilize their energy and explore boundaries. Pre-writing and pre-reading with the Wilson Fundations activity set, pre-math, and pre-science skills are approached through multi sensory materials.
Butterflies are introduced to Kindergarten math principles including counting to 100 and bundles of 10s, one-to-one correspondence, concepts of more and fewer, and patterns. They also delve into science (weather, rainbows and prisms, space and gravity, farming) as well as social studies (Indian life, Irish folklore and communities).
Students further develop expressive skills while building on and applying what has already been learned to new situations. Children utilize the natural energy characteristic of this age to explore boundaries, develop their rich fantasy world, and hone cooperative play skills.