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4-5 Years: The Blue Room

The Blue Room prepares children for kindergarten. As students' vocabulary flourishes, so does their imagination and knowledge about the world. They continue to think symbolically, grow to understand more complex stories and are able to recognize some written words. Children at this age grow more independent, use words to convey their emotions, and their social development is at the center of playtime. They are learning to work cooperatively, share and be kind as they develop friendships with their classmates.

At the end of the school year these students are equipped with the social skills and academic foundation they need to succeed in kindergarten. Children in this class are able to write some letters and their first name.

The class is taught by Ms. Vanitha (lead teacher) and Ms. Erika (assistant Spanish teacher).

A Sample Week

The Blue Room is marked by more advanced learning, and a typical lesson plan includes a shape and color (in Spanish) of the week, a concept around which lessons are based (the solar system), as well as a Spanish lesson based on a different theme, such as shapes (formas). On Monday students might learn about why the sun is important, sing a song about the eight planets, and review a range of letters (S-T) and numbers (51-60). Tuesday includes printing the same letters and numbers, studying the moon and learning the difference between day and night. Later in the week, students may review a broader range of letters from earlier lessons (A-T inclusively) and study stars, constellations and the planet Earth. On Fridays, children bring a item from home for show-and-tell.

Sample Lesson Plan

 

Daily Schedule

We have full parallel foreign-language immersion throughout the day.

7:30-8:30 a.m.          
Greetings and free play

8:30-9 a.m.          
Breakfast

9-9:30 a.m.
Group time

9:30-10:15 a.m.
Math/science exploration

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Outdoor play

11:15-11:30 a.m.
Wash up

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.     
Lunch

12:15-1 p.m.
Directed play

1-1:30 p.m.                 
Prepare for nap, stories

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Nap

3-3:30 p.m.                
Snack

3:30-4 p.m.
French lessons

4-5 p.m.
Outdoor play

5-6 p.m.                 
Cleanup and goodbyes