Curriculum

The School Year

The school runs for two 16-week semesters, September-May. The school’s holiday and break schedule coincides with the Ann Arbor Public Schools’ calendar. Both classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The 3’s class meets 9:15 am – 11:30 a.m., and the 4’s class meets 12:45 am – 3:15 p.m.

The School Day

3’s Class Schedule:

  • 9:15 - Arrival/Free Choice Time
  • 9:25 - Circle Time with whole class
  • 9:40 - Free Play (students switch rooms halfway through this time)
  • 10:25 - Clean-up
  • 10:30 - Circle Time with whole class/Music Class on Wednesdays
  • 10:45 - Snack Time
  • 11:00 - Pack up/Outdoor Play Time
  • 11:30 - Dismissal

4’s Class Schedule:

  • 12:45 - Arrival/Free Choice Time
  • 12:55 - Circle Time with whole class
  • 1:15 - Free Play (students switch rooms halfway through this time)
  • 2:05 - Clean-up
  • 2:10 - Circle Time with whole class/Music Class on Wednesdays
  • 2:30 - Snack Time
  • 2:45 - Pack up/Outdoor Play Time
  • 3:15 - Dismissal

Music Program

Mrs. Beth (www.LessonsByBeth.com) visits the classroom weekly to get the children moving, dancing, singing, and playing to music. In class with Mrs. Beth, children learn:

  • Folk songs
  • Dances (alone, with group, and with partners)
  • Fine motor skills through finger plays
  • Large motor skills (i.e. growing and shrinking to show pitch)
  • Acting through songs that tell a story
  • Musical movement and spatial awareness (how to move to music appropriately)
  • Beginning music reading (rhythms)
  • Songs in foreign languages (i.e. French, Spanish, Hebrew, Sign Language)
  • Sequencing through songs and dances (what comes next?)
  • Simple math skills through song (i.e. counting, addition, subtraction, skip counting, multiplication)

Field Trips

Field trips are usually scheduled once a month. Past field trips have included:

  • Matthei Botanical Gardens
  • Natural History Museum (U-M)
  • Fire Station
  • Wild Swan Theater
  • Real Life Farm
  • Ann Arbor Public Library

Age Requirements

3‘s Class: Children must be three by September 1st of the year of entrance. Children with early fall birthdays may also enroll with permission of Mrs. Archer.

4‘s Class: Children must be four by September 1st of the year of entrance. Children with early fall birthdays may also enroll with permission of Mrs. Archer.

All Children are expected to be potty trained upon entering school. If you have concerns please talk with Mrs. Archer.

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