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Pre-K Class

Ages 4-5

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.

Shady Oak Christian School is a Music Together® School

By Bridget H | Oct 1, 2016 |

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…

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Week 3 In Pre-K/Bridge and Readiness: Focus on Classroom Environment

By Bridget H | Sep 27, 2016 |

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…

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Week 2 in Readiness and Pre-k — Full of Firsts!

By Bridget H | Sep 19, 2016 |

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…

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Creating Community within our Preschool Classrooms

By Bridget H | Sep 15, 2016 |

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…

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The Beauty in Branches

By Bridget H | Sep 15, 2016 |

 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…

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Birthday Traditions @ Shady Oak, New and Old

By Bridget H | Sep 13, 2016 |

Shady Oak Birthday Policy (taken from the Shady Oak Christian School Parent Handbook, page 18) Each child’s birthday is celebrated at school with our traditional Shady Oak birthday song being sung to him at chapel. In addition, each class will create a birthday tradition or ritual, with the common element being that the children are…

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About Readiness

By Bridget H | Sep 3, 2016 |

The T-Th class includes children who turn 3 years old by Dec. 31.  The remainder of the children on T-Th and the M-W-F must be 3 by Sept. 1.  Some of the goals we want children to attain at this level include: Speaking comfortably with other children Speaking to adults with whom they are familiar…

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Readiness News for September

By Bridget H | Sep 3, 2016 |

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful summer. This newsletter and your child’s memory book will contain information such as themes and areas we will be focusing on through the month. This first month we will become acquainted with one another by learning names, becoming familiar with our new classroom and most of all,…

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About Pre-K

By Bridget H | Sep 3, 2016 |

Children entering Pre-K must be 4 years old by Sept. 1.  In addition to the  Readiness goals, at this level there are some additional ones which include: Developing a higher level of social competence than at the Readiness level Speaking clearly and in well-formed sentences to children and adults Choosing from a wider range of materials…

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Pre-K News for September

By Bridget H | Sep 3, 2016 |

Welcome to Pre-K at Shady Oak! We are excited to be back! Throughout September we will spend sometime getting to know each other, learning our classroom schedule and discuss what a friend is and ways to be a friend. We will do some self exploring and identify similarities and differences between each other, along with…

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