Our Busy Bees Class serves two groups of children who are very similar in age, our 5 year old Pre-K kids and our Kindergarteners. Those children who completed the Dragonfly Pre-K class but missed the kindergarten deadline with their fall birthdays, or those just waiting 1 more year to start kindergarten, meet together in the morning with an enhanced Pre-K program- a new Pre-K format plus some extra learning challenges.
New language skills are learned through the alpha tales and word family tales books that teach letters and phonics, a morning message and predictable sentences to learn sentence structure, lots more sight words and beginning reading. They are all a part of each day. Some new daily math skills are learned through number tales books, skip counting, addition recitation songs, ordinals and geo-solids. It's a very busy morning with Prayers, devotion, academic circle time with lots of teaching, music, handwriting, centers and recess.
Kindergarteners from Riverside, White Pine and Liberty Elementary schools join the Pre-K for lunch. Their combined afternoon includes show and tell discussions that are child led, Bible story and activity time, books, art and activities around our weekly theme, snack and recess, and centers. The highlights of the afternoon are the great discussions that take place as their conversation skills grow and grow. Combining the kindergarteners with the older Pre-K brings out the best of both groups- wanting to discuss, plan and implement their ideas and an excitement for new learning experiences.