All of the preschool programs at HOPE focus on the main components that are critical for all preschool children. Teachers encourage personal, social and cognitive development, as well as language and physical development. Pre-reading, pre-writing skills, and math concepts are incorporated in a way that is age-appropriate for the children. A variety of material and teaching methods are utilized to meet the needs of various learners.
Our teachers have created monthly themes and their lesson plans are based on these themes. Lessons are created that are age-appropriate and cross-curricular for the group. All of the teachers complete assessments on the children so that we can best meet their needs. These assessments are sent home and parent conferences are scheduled as well so that we can share with you how your child is performing academically, socially and behaviorally.
All of our classes also participate in developing their faith through chapel time with a pastor twice a month.
*** Each of the program descriptions provides general outcomes for the age group. Please know that we make every effort to meet the developing needs of each student. Children enter preschool at various stages of development. For example, a student in the Three's class may certainly be ready for more advanced skills that may be introduced in the Four's class. On the other hand, some children in the K-prep program may still need extra attention spent on alphabet recognition. This is where the assessments play an integral part in guiding the teachers as they develop their lessons and working with children in small groups and/or one on one.
Two-year old program (not available at the New Market location)
In our 2’s classrooms, we provide an environment that is welcoming and engaging for our first-year students. Our learning centers encourage imagination with blocks, creative art, dramatic play, a science table, and lots of books. During circle time, the children will engage in stories, songs and counting that will promote the development of language skills and social growth. Everyone will have the opportunity, each day, to create a unique art activity that will help the children increase their knowledge of colors and shapes, while advancing fine motor development. We will incorporate different types of media to persuade our little ones to participate in our daily art activities. Also, each day, we will have time to run, jump and play and work on our gross motor skills. If not on our wonderful outdoor playground, we can always go to our large gymnasium where we can play with things like balls, hula hoops, and even a parachute! We are aware that each child progresses at differing abilities, and we work to customize your child’s experience and encourage them to love school as much as we love having them here at Hope.
Three-year old program
Thematic units are designed that are interesting, challenging, educational and fun. Math skills are taught through a “hands-on” approach in which children manipulate objects to help them count, sort, make patterns, sets, and begin simple addition/subtraction skills. Pre-reading skills and concepts of print are developed through shared reading experiences. Children begin to learn more about print concepts which will help them to become successful readers and writers. Alphabet recognition, rhyming, writing their names, beginning sounds, etc. are taught as teachers develop their lesson plans. Through writing, children can dictate sentences to express their thoughts and ideas. Poetry is used as well to help them learn to read. The math component includes number recognition, shapes, patterns, etc. through calendar time and using various objects to count and sort. Plenty of time to learn through play is provided through center time, dramatic play, and sensory table activities. Arts and crafts lessons continue to be intertwined throughout the lessons, so the children continue to develop their fine motor skills through cutting, pasting, coloring, and drawing. Personal and social development continues to be a focus. Teachers model problem solving for the children and teach them how to resolve conflicts.
Four-year old program
Children in the 4’s and K-Prep are provided with a strong foundation to help prepare them for kindergarten. There is a strong focus on academics as well as a time for socialization and play. Language Arts and Reading Foundational Skills continue to be developed through alphabet recognition, associating names of the letters with their sounds, phonological awareness activities as well as word families, sight words, and environmental print. Students will acquire and use new vocabulary and will develop comprehension skills to lead them to a deeper level of understanding of various texts. The writing program supports the students as they recognize that thoughts and ideas can be represented in drawing and writing and
that writing conveys meaning. Students will practice writing their names and will use phonetic principles to begin to write things on their own. Math skills include recognizing numerals 0-20, rote counting, recognizing that the last number said tells the number of objects counted, comparing groups of objects using more than, less than, or equal to, exploring addition and subtraction, comparing objects by attribute such as length or weight, and matching and sorting three dimensional objects. Social studies lessons are used to teach the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens and how people are alike and different. Science lessons will focus on using scientific skills and processes.
Kindergarten Prep program
The Kindergarten Prep Class is longer than the traditional fours class and meets an additional two days a week. In addition to the skills introduced in the fours class, K-Prep allows each student to become accustomed to attending school every day and having more time to practice the above-mentioned skills. Students also work on becoming more independent in the classroom so that the transition to kindergarten is smooth.