This program is designed for children who will be 4 years old by September 30. Space is limited to 18 children. There is one lead teacher and one assistant.
At Bethlehem Early Learning Center, we recognize that each child is unique and will develop at their own pace. Our well trained, caring staff guides and supports the children at their individual levels while fostering natural curiosity, confidence, and love of learning to extend well past each child’s preschool experience.
Language & Literacy
These younger years are critical to literacy development. In our Four’s classrooms, we use the Learning Without Tears Curriculum to help children identify and form letters using a multisensory approach. They gain phonetic awareness by learning the sounds of short vowels and consonants. Children in this group will be able to follow simple, multi-step directions, retell stories, and verbalize what they know. Some will begin recognizing sight words and reading. They will sharpen these skills utilizing a variety of genres and author studies.
Math, Science, & Creative Arts STEAM
Problem solving skills and natural curiosity are nurtured at Bethlehem. Math skills such as patterning, combining, and counting are all introduced through hands-on learning. Children are natural scientists. They explore the world around them, using their senses to observe, investigate, and experiments. At this age, children learn about artists and illustrators and develop their creativity through crafts and process art. In addition, children participate in weekly music classes and partake in schoolwide performances.
Active children become active adults! They hone skills like running, jumping, hopping, leaping, and other coordinated movement through dance and the use of specialized equipment during weekly PE classes in our full-sized gymnasium. The children run and play outdoors in our playground at least once per day when weather permits. Fine motor skills continue to be developed at this age by cutting, gluing, drawing, and forming letters and numbers.
Social/Emotional & Spiritual
Our students gain self-confidence and a love of learning in everything that they do at BELC. Children learn Bible stories and simple prayers during their weekly Chapel visits and story time in class. At this age, they learn how to enjoy activities led by others as well as taking initiative with their own tasks and play situations. They begin to demonstrate independent learning and the ability to care for themselves and gain awareness for the needs of others.