Pre-Kindergarten Offerings – BECC has three Pre-K offerings. Each Pre-K class has an enrollment of 18 children and 2 qualified teachers.
Mixed Age Three and Four Year Old AM Pre-K Class
This is a half day morning class and consists of older 3 year olds and younger 4 year olds. This multi-age group will help prepare children for Kindergarten or for their next step at BECC. This class meets 4 days a week – Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:45 to 11:30. Children who are in this class do have the option of joining our Monday Club enrichment program that meets from 9:00 – 2:00 on Mondays.
Half Day PM Pre-K
This is a half day afternoon Pre-k class for older 4 year old and young 5 year old children and is also designed to prepare children for Kindergarten the following fall. Children in this class should be four on or around our first day of school in September. It meets 4 days a week – Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 to 3:15 and has the option of Monday Club enrichment that meets from 9:00-2:00 on Mondays.
Full Day Pre-K
This class is specifically designed for older fours and young fives who are ready for a longer school day. It is ideal for children who are on our “3 year plan” as well as they miss the Kindergarten cut off by just a bit or for those children who may have a late summer birthday and are eligible for Kindergarten, but may need another year before moving on. Children eligible for this class must be 4 by September 1st of the school year. The hours in this class are 9:00 – 1:30 Tuesday through Friday with the option of Monday Club enrichment from 9:00 – 2:00 on Mondays.
Goals for the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum include:
The primary goal of our programs at BECC is to provide a positive school experience in an environment that is nurturing and enriching. Each day consists of open room time, a teacher guided project, circle time, story, music, snack and outside play. Our curriculum is peppered with readiness skills and is centered around units of learning. The subjects of our learning units cover a wide range of topics that expand on the interests of the children in our class.
We offer a program that allows pre-kindergarten children to have a routine and use familiar things while encountering new horizons. Children try out new ideas and materials, imagine, socialize, express themselves, make things, listen, sing and dance- all important foundations of future learning. We seek to facilitate the process of learning to be a friend by encouraging children to use their words, share their ideas and listen to others. We welcome parent participation in class and endeavor to keep parents informed through monthly calendars and newsletters. We find the world of four and five year olds to be wild and wonderful! Our year is filled with exciting discoveries and millions of smiles. In a rich environment, children learn through hands on experiences. They are continually challenged in an age appropriate way. The children discover, create, explore, and experiment each day and leave BECC fully confident for any challenge to come.