In this class, children participate in a bigger classroom space with more activity choices. They have more responsibilities for managing their time and materials. At least two projects are completed each year with opportunities for research and exploration by children. There are daily opportunities for hands-on math and literacy activities. All children have at least two playground times on our natural playscape.
Our pupil/teacher ratio is 9:1.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere! This month we will continue our focus on pumpkins. Towards the end of the month we will turn our focus to Thanksgiving. We will discover what kind of foods we eat at Thanksgiving that are made from pumpkins. We will bake our very own pumpkin bread from scratch, discuss different traditions each…Read More
Sign-up to Help with our Thanksgiving Feast! Did you know that Shady Oak Students prepare a lot of the food that they will be enjoying on our feast days themselves? Well, they do. We will be emphasizing Thanksgiving Family Traditions and having discussions about good food in our classrooms during the month of November. We will be…Read More
Happy Fall everyone! In October, our main focus will be the wonderful new season and all the changes that come with it, such as cooler temperatures (hopefully!), how our clothing will change to adapt to the weather, leaves changing colors on trees, and of course pumpkins! As Halloween draws near, we will discuss what frightens…Read More
It’s October! This month we will begin our study on the Fall season. We will explore the change in weather, harvest and pumpkins. Along with our Fall unit, we will be discussing fire safety. We will explore the many jobs a firefighter has, what to do when there is a fire and ways to be…Read More
This year we are inviting our children and staff to dress as storybook characters for our Shady Oak Celebrations. MWF and 5 day preschoolers and Kindergarten/Bridge will be dressing up and celebrating on Monday, Oct. 31. Our celebration on Monday will include joining Shady Oak Primary School in a costume parade to Richmond Healthcare Center…Read More
MusicTogether classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. By emphasizing actual music experiences rather than concepts about music, Music Together introduces children…Read More
READINESS CLASSROOMS PRE-K/BRIDGE CLASSROOMS Week 3 Focus on Classroom Environment in Shady Oak Pre-K & Bridge, and Readiness Classrooms. At Shady Oak we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education. In this approach ther are 3 teachers of children: the parent, the classroom teachers, and the environment. The environment is “a setting designed to…Read More
Readiness Class – Week 2 Week 2 in our Readiness Class, we continue to build our class room community. We went to chapel for the first time this year and learned about the Gifts of the Spirit. We also experienced our first Music Together class with Mrs. Trigger. By singing the Hello Song — we are able…Read More
At Shady Oak Christian School this week, our youngest students are off to a great start building a classroom community. We all had a wonderful first week of school! Collages are an effective communication tool. To help parents to know what is going on in their child’s classroom, collages will be emailed to all families…Read More
Have you noticed our use of branches at Shady Oak? They add such beauty to our classrooms. We hang our art work from them, we hang shiny trinkets that catch the light, we hang bird houses and wind chimes. Let us know what you think — they actually look much better in person, so come take…Read More