Our Young Fives program meets five full days each week and is designed for children who need additional time and support to develop the skills needed for a successful kindergarten experience. The Young Fives curriculum provides appropriate social, emotional, physical and intellectual experiences to prepare children for success in school.
Enrollment for Fall 2020 is now open online.
Fall 2020 Enrollment Timeline
February 3, 2020 - Enrollment opens online for Young Fives & Kindergarten
April 1, 2020 - Enrollment documents are due for 1st round of placements
April 2020 - Screening for Young Fives Canceled (change effective 3/30/20) - Families that have requested Young Fives or unsure of placement will be contacted via email in April. Please see the updated Enrollment Guidelines.
June 2020 - Building placement notification via email
August 2020 - Classroom assignments
Young Fives Placement Criteria
Young Fives is a program designed for students who are eligible for kindergarten, but require more time to further develop their emotional, social, physical, and/or cognitive skills before attending kindergarten the following year. Parents have the option to request early entry if their child's birthday falls after the September 1st cut-off date but before December 1st. The Young Fives program is tuition-free, as it is funded by the state. Children attend all day, five days per week, following the district’s school calendar. Participation in Young Fives is by parental request and student age or staff recommendation.
While in Young Fives, the learner will begin to develop in the following areas:
- Expressing thoughts and feelings in an appropriate manner.
- Practicing appropriate problem solving skills with peers.
- Interacting with others in a cooperative and respectful way.
- Participating in new experiences.
- Demonstrating self-control and confidence.
- Stayig with a task through completion
- Developing positive self-image.
- Developing a positive attitude towards school.
- Being comfortable in a school environment
- Taking responsibility for belongings and materials.
- Making and expressing choices, plans, and decisions.
- Following classroom routine and transitioning cooperatively.
- Initiating various interactions.
- Naming a circle, square, triangle and rectangle.
- Sorting objects by shape, color and size.
- Extending and creating a simple pattern.
- Understanding basic concepts of position (above,below, between, etc.)
- Interpreting graphs
- Counting objects
- Counting by ones
- Forming sets of objects
- Writing numbers (0 -9)
- Identifying and sequencing numbers (0-10)
- Comparing quantities of objects.
- Seeing themselves as independent, capable of making choices different from others.
- Exploring and discussing family life.
- Becoming aware of the community and environment.
- Engaging in activities that promote personal safety.
- Listening to a speaker.
- Listening to and discussing elements of a story.
- Expressing themselves in simple sentences.
- Recognizing similarities and differences in words.
- Demonstrating the give and take of conversation.
- Participating in dramatic/role play.
- Expanding his/her vocabulary and using it in everyday language.
- Taking an active role in classroom discussions.
- Recognizing one's own name in print.
- Being aware of letters in the alphabet.
- Printing his/her firrst name.
- Using age appropriate drawing to convey thoughts.
- Identifying 8 basic colors.
- Exploring the natural environment.
- Observing and describing weather changes.
- Investigating changes in his/her environment.
Fine Motor Skills
- Using a pencil/crayon correctly.
- Using scissors correctly to cut desired shapes and lines.
- Copying a simply design.
- Manipulating various objects.
- Exploring a variety of materials and media.
- Expressing themselves creatively (drama, art, music, writing).
- Using materials to make simple representations and verbalizing what he/she has created.