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Our preschool program captivates the minds of our young wonders!
They should be at least 2 1/2 years old by September 30 of the school year.
The child should be potty-trained to attend these classes.

We offer half-day and full-day classes Monday through Friday,
as well as before and after school care.

Registration for the 2015-2016
School Year begins in January!
Download an application, by clicking here.


In order to maintain our low teacher/student ratios,
class sizes are limited.
Once classes fill up, registration will conclude.
Registration is available on a first-come basis.

To register, please call (609) 587-1815


Click here to learn more about our Curriculum





 

 

Many exciting Enrichment Classes available for children 15 months to 5 years old all year-round.

Parent/Child Classes include: Play with Me (Levels 1 and 2).

Child Enrichment Classes include: All by Myself, Messy Play, Preschool Adventure, Art, Gym, and others.

For full schedule of classes, please call us at (609) 587-1815.

 

To register or for more information,
call (609) 587-1815



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Three-year Olds Curriculum

 

 

Social Skills and Personal Development

- Play and work cooperatively in small group

- Make a smooth transition from one activity to another

- Respond to teacher directions in an appropriate manner

- Be comfortable in solitary play

- Share willingly with classmates

- Control anger (or temper)

- Care for personal and group property

- Understanding taking turns

- Contribute to group discussion

- Play simple games with group under teacher direction

- Listen in group context and respond

- Follow safety rules

- Wait turn to talk

- Separate from parent

 

 

Math Readiness

Numbers

- Count by rote, 1-10

- Count objects, 1-7

- Match set to numeral, 1-5

- Match One-to-One correspondence (no numeral)

- Understand terms of size (big, little - tall, bigger, smaller - tall, tallest - more, fewer)

- Match and classify by size

 

Colors

- Identify 10 colors by name (Basic plus pink and white)

- Match and classify by color

- Sort colors

 

Shapes

- Identify and name basic shapes

- Match and classify by shapes

- Sort Shapes

Language and Reading Readiness

- Identify own printed first name

- Identify first letter in first name

- Identify some upper case letters

- Recognition of easy rhyming words or nonsense sounds

 

Verbalizing

- Respond to simple questions

- Speak in short sentences

- Speak clearly and slowly

- Tell his/her first and last names

- Use and understand basic prepositions

- Relate experiences in sequence

- Have a basic understanding of past, present, future

- Vocabulary increases through conversation, lesson, stories, and group times

 

 

Fine Motor Skills

- Hold crayon correctly

- Color within large parts of a picture

- Hold large easel brush to paint

- Print a few capital letters

- Draw a few basic line pictures - house, face, etc.

- Snap large snaps

- Zip, if bottom closure is in place

- Cut with scissors (only beginning skills)

- Trace name

 

 

Gross Motor Skills

- Throw and catch large ball (short distance)

- March, run, and jump with two feet

- Roll and somersault

- Walk low balance beam

- Hop on one foot

- Climb ladder, steps, and low climbing equipment

 

 

Body Awareness

- Recognize major body parts by pointing to them

 

 

Eye-Hand Co-ordination

- Complete simple 5 – 8 piece puzzle

- Copy simple pegboard, bead, and block pattern

 



Four-year Olds Curriculum

 

Social/Personal Development

- Play and work cooperatively in small group

- Respond appropriately to teacher direction

- Control anger (or temper)

- Care for personal and group property

- Understand taking turns and sharing

- Participate in room clean up

- Contribute to group discussion

- Play simple games with group

- Listen in group context and respond in appropriate manner

- Follow safety rules

- Separate from parent

- Show independence in carrying out an assigned task

 

 

Math Readiness

 

Numbers

- Count by rote, 1-25

- Count objects, 1-15

- Match set to numeral, 1-10

- Numeral recognition 1-10 (out of order)

- Match one-to-one correspondence (no numeral) - sets

- Understand terms of size (ex. more than, less than)

- Use ordinal numbers, 1 st, 2 nd, 3 rd

- Sequence numerals, 1-10

- Count out objects in sets, 1-10

- Match and classify by size

 

Shapes

- Identify and name basic shapes

- Match and classify by shape

 

 

Language and Reading Readiness

 

Colors

- Identify 11 colors (basic plus pink, white & gray)

- Match and classify by color

- Identify grades of color using “ light” & “dark”

 

Names

- Identify own printed name

- Print first name

- Recognize names of others in class

 

Letters

- Identify letters in own first name

- Identify some upper case letters

- Sing alphabet song or say alphabet

- Match some upper case letters to their lower case math

 

Phonics

- Recognize some rhyming words or nonsense sounds

- Identify some words that begin with these consonant sounds (b, d, f, k, m, n, p, s, t)

 

Verbalization Skills

- Speak in sentences; carry on short conversation

- Use clear speech

- Respond to question with understanding

 

Body Awareness

- Identify by name major body parts, plus shoulders, elbows, cheek, wrist, ankle, knee

 

Eye-hand Coordination

- Put puzzle of 8 - 10 pieces together

- Copy simple pegboard, bead, and/or block patterns

 

Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

- Hold pencil and crayon correctly

- Color within large parts of picture

- Use scissors with some skill

- Print some words from copy

- Zip clothing, buttons clothing with large buttons

- String beads and lace with yarn

- Aptly place small pegs in pegboard

- Draw a human figure with major appendages and features

 

Gross Motor Skills

- Throw, catch and kick large ball a short distance

- March, run, jump with two feet, gallop, skip

- Walk low balance beam

- Roll and somersault-

- Climb ladder, steps and low climbing equipment


 

Curriculum for Pre-K Classes

 

Social/Personal Development

 

- Play and work cooperatively in small group

- Function in group within group schedule

- Respond appropriately to teacher direction

- Control anger (or temper)

- Care for personal and group property

- Understand taking turns and sharing

- Participate in room clean up

- Contribute to group discussion

- Play simple games with group

- Listen in group context and respond in appropriate manner

- Follow safety rules

- Be content to be without parent

- Show independence in carrying out an assigned task

 

 

Math Readiness

 

Numbers

- Count by rote, 1-25

- Count objects, 1-15

- Name the number of members in a set

- Numeral recognition 1-10 (out of order)

- Match one-to-one correspondence (no numbers) - sets

- Understand terms of size (more than, less than, same, different, taller, shorter, small, large)

- Use ordinal numbers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

- Sequence numerals, 1-10

- Count out objects in sets, 1-10

- Match and classify by size

- Identify patterns and names, identify next item in sequence

- Use vocabulary associated with time, hour, o’clock

- Tell time by hour

- Use calendar, vocabulary as measurement of time, day week, month, year

- Read a simple picture graph

- Use a picture graph to determine greater than or less than

 

Shapes

- Identify and name six basic shapes including diamond and oval

- Match and classify by shape

 


Language and Reading Readiness

 

Colors

- Identify 11 colors (basic plus pink, white & gray)

- Match and classify by color

- Identify grades of color using “ light” & “dark”

 

Names

-Identify own printed name

- Print first name

- Recognize names of others in class

 

Letters

- Identify letters in own first name

- Identify some upper case letters

- Sing alphabet song or say alphabet

- Match some upper case letters to their lower case match

 

Phonics

- Recognize some rhyming words or nonsense sounds

- Identify some words that begin with these consonant sounds (b, d, f, k, m, n, p, s, t)

 

Listening Skills

- Develop desirable listening habits

- Follow oral directions

 

Verbalization Skills

- Speak in sentences; carry on short conversation

- Use clear speech

- Respond to questions with understanding

- Develop language competency when sharing experiences, ideas and feelings

- Verbalize own picture story

- Use picture clues

- Relate story in sequence

 

Body Awareness

- Identify by name major body parts, plus shoulders, elbows, cheek, wrist, ankle, knee

- Know right and left hands

- Understand and use left to right progression

 

Eye-hand Coordination

- Put puzzle of 8 - 10 pieces together

- Copy simple pegboard, bead, and/or block patterns

 


Motor Skills


Fine Motor Skills

- Hold pencil and crayon correctly

- Color within large parts of picture

- Use scissors with some skill

- Print some words from copy

- Zip clothing, buttons clothing with large buttons

- String beads and lace with yarn

- Aptly place small pegs in pegboard

- Draw a human figure with major appendages and features

 

Gross Motor Skills

- Throw, catch and kick large ball a short distance

- March, run, jump with two feet, gallop, skip

- Walk low balance beam

- Roll and somersault

- Climb ladder, steps and low climbing equipment

 

 

Miscellaneous Readiness Skills
- Identify the order of events from first to last

- Understand the difference between real and make-believe

- Understand the connection between written and spoken language

- Some demonstration of understanding and identifying cause and effect

- Understand simple time line

- Recognize similarities and differences

 

 

For More Information or to Schedule a Tour, contact us:
3562 Nottingham Way
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690


(609) 587-1815


youngwonderspreschool@ywcatrenton.org

 

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