The Young Fives program is specially designed to teach skills that students need to start kindergarten. Your child will experience a fun, creative, encouraging environment while learning to work independently. Kindergarten skills and behavior are emphasized, while students are given the support they need to find success. The class size is limited to 12 students, this small class size allows for individualized instruction and one-on-one attention from our two excellent teachers.
Our curriculum is designed to “feel like” kindergarten and incorporates math, reading, writing, cooking, science, social studies, drama, music and movement. We also include library and gym, which mirror the “Specials” students experience in elementary school. Every week a new theme is explored and a weekly field trip is planned to enhance instruction. All themes are aligned with National Association of Educators for Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines, and supplemented with high quality children’s literature.
The Young Fives program gives your child the gift of time and self-esteem. Research shows that first grade curriculum has been “pushed down” into kindergarten programs. New and unrealistic expectations are particularly difficult for those children who may not be ready because of late summer or fall birthdays. The Fives program provides students with the opportunity to transition into kindergarten by mimicking the structure of an elementary school day.
Our Young Fives program prepares children for Kindergarten. The FUMCN co-op preschool Young Fives program is different from Kindergarten in that we use the themes of preschool with the structures of Kindergarten. This is achieved through:
- Centers: pre-math, pre-literacy, Hand Writing without Tears, fine motor manipulatives, and art
- Science activities
- Art projects
- Cooking as a class
- Music and movement (example: Brain Gym, Zoophonics)
- Directed play
- Weekly “let’s find out” magazines
- Social skills training (problem solving, conflict resolution, cooperation, fostering independence)
- Weekly field trips to relate class themes to the real
Our Young Fives Class is held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am – 1:30pm.
Tuition: $972/quarter ($3,888/year)
2016 – 2017 Young Fives Schedule
After two years of preschool I wavered between sending my daughter to either Kindergarten or Young Fives. Her preschool teacher felt she was ready for Kindergarten, but I felt she could benefit from more time to adjust to a longer school day. A friend suggested FUMCN and after a delightful visit we decided to enroll. A few weeks into September I realized what a wonderful decision I had made. My daughter quickly bonded with her teachers and learned the routine. Throughout the year she thrived with a small class of peers and discovered a love of science. The weekly field trips provided unique learning experiences along with adequate playtime and academically rooted project centers. Now, at the end of this school year, I realize that FUMCN has not only given my child the gift of a safe, engaging, and joyful school experience, but also laid a sturdy foundation for all of her school years to follow.