3 Year Old
Three-year-old class meets twice a week. The main focus of this class is socialization, getting along with others, and resolving peer conflicts. Students are introduced to the capital letters using the Handwriting Without Tears and Jolly Phonics programs. The class follows a daily schedule in order to establish school routines and prepare students to learn. Students are provided activities that focus on shapes, counting, colors, and nursery rhymes. The maximum class size is sixteen students. A monthly tuition fee of $120.00 is due at the beginning of each month.
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4 Year Old
Four-year-old preschool class meets four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday's teachers plan and prepare activities. The four-year-old program is part of the State Wide Voluntary Preschool Program, therefore Iowa residents are not required to pay tuition. The focus of the class is to provide students with activities that will prepare them for kindergarten. The students use the Jolly Phonics program to learn the sounds of the letters. Handwriting Without Tears is used to write the upper and lowercase letters. A weekly theme is used and activities are planned that incorporate math concepts, literacy, science, social studies, and music. The maximum class size is twenty students.
Both preschool classes use Creative Curriculum. The classroom is divided into nine interest areas; blocks, dramatic play, toys & games, art, library, discovery, sand & water, music, and computers. Preschool students have their own outdoor playground area. Students are assessed three times per year and parent-teacher conferences are conducted in the fall and the spring.