This class is designed for children who will be age eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.
• Monday through Thursday from from 12:30-3:30 pm
• Class is limited to 12 children.
• Parents participate in classroom on a rotating basis depending on the number of children enrolled.
Cost: $185 per month
The school year begins with learning about each other. EKC’s goal is to help each child feel safe and have a positive school experience. We spend time working on healthy interaction with peers, more independent activities, a little longer circle time, helping with maintaining our school through daily jobs and learning through play and experiences.
In autumn, animals and humans are storing up food for a long winter ahead. Our circle time, stories, puppetry and group activities are based on this theme and create opportunities to gather, count and talk about what is happening in the wild world around us. Winter brings an opportunity to think about caring for our bodies and practicing independence. Knowing what to wear when Jack Frost is out and how to dress appropriately and independently. Spring brings growing and the children are prepared for kindergarten the next fall. A relationship with a kindergarten class is established by visits to the elementary school and hosting children from the kindergarten at EKC to build an excitement and trust in graduating to kindergarten themselves.
Pre-K Class Daily Schedule
During this time children have a chance to practice healthy interactions with assistance from the teacher and the parent helper. Imaginative play is helpful for children to work through developmental stages and questions that arise in their lives.
|Clean up||Children practice taking responsibility for the toys they have been enjoying by helping with cleanup.|
|Circle||This is a time to come together and share in the celebration of the season through movement, songs and games.|
|Handwashing||This is a time for children to practice taking care of their bodies and an opportunity to act independently.|
|Snack time||While eating, the children learn good manners, passing skills, pouring skills and clearing their dishes from the table.|
|Outside play||This is a wonderful time for the children to expand and play together in the fresh air. Children are encouraged to learn and practice gross motor skills as well as interacting with others.|
|Creative Learning||This is a time to work on practical skills and explore topics of interest to the class. Children are given opportunities to practice tasks such as cutting, using glue, mixing, measuring, painting and seasonal creative art, all of which promote fine and gross motor skills and optimize learning.|
|Story time||This is a time to come together again, giving the children an opportunity to practice quiet focus.|
|Goodbye circle||Children find comfort in closure with their friends. This allows them to transition to the next part of their day.|
Goals for the Pre-K class:
- Share and take turns with peers.
- Recognize and writing name.
- Resolve conflicts with peers with minimum help.
- Clear understanding of alphabet and numbers 1-20
- Understand quantity through simple addition and subtraction games.
- Cooperate in large and small group circle time activities.
- Follow directions.
- Know colors and shapes
- Participate in discussions
- Practice talking and listening
At EKC, we believe that children learn best when what they are learning is immediately applicable in their day to day world. Because of this belief, we organize our curriculum around the seasons we experience in Montana. In each of the seasons, we focus on the activities and themes outlined below.
- Harvesting, gathering, abundance and coming together.
- Our bodies and the skeletal structure.
- Pumpkins, apples and corn
- Field trips to a local farm
- Exploring more and less, and quantity
- The color red and mixing with yellow to create orange
- The sun, light and dark, the moon and the sun
- Looking at planets, moon cycle
- Warmth and independence, where do animals go in winter
- Creating different home structures
- Giving and receiving
- The color blue and mixing with red to create purple
- Kindness and compassion
- The color yellow and mixing with blue to create green
- Looking for birds, identifying and knowing bird songs
- New buds and growing plants
- Starting seeds and knowing what a seed needs to grow
- Life cycles and sequencing
- Creating rainbows
- Pattern making
About our teacher, Dulcie Belanger
As a preschool educator, mother, nanny, art teacher, outdoor camp facilitator, Dulcie has worked with children for 26 years. She believes that plenty of play and outdoor experience makes for a happy, confident and healthy child. She shares her love of art and nature with young children by creating opportunities along side their peers to recognize, explore and appreciate the rhythm of the seasons.
Dulcie is currently working on an Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Certification through the Micha-el Institute. She received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Montana before starting a family of her own in Choteau and eventually moving to Hamilton.