Firefly Room – Pre-K 4

Firefly Room Pre-K
(Typically ages 4-5 years)

Class size: 14 students
Teacher-to-Student Ratio: 1 to 7
Curriculum: The DLM Early Childhood Express

 Classroom Concepts:

Gain confidence in learning through exploration
Participate in classroom jobs
Able to build a variety of structures with blocks
Participate in imaginary play
Help care for a variety of living things
Learn the letters in their name
Able to count to 20/30
Know the days of the week
Begin to visually identify upper-case letters and numbers
Begin to develop advanced fine motor skills, i.e. button clothes, lacing, use pincer grasp in writing/drawing
Identify basic weather conditions
Begin to understand the concept of seasons
Understand the parts of a book: title, author, etc.
Understand basic measurement concepts
Express emotions in positive and/or creative ways
Able to self-regulate actions and follow basic classroom rules/structure
Utilize creative expression through a variety of art materials
Develop more advanced gross motor skills, such as swinging independently, balancing skills, throwing/catching, etc.

Added Values of the Firefly Room

DHS Mandated ratio is 1:13
TN 3 Star ratio is 1:13
High Hopes teacher to student ratio is 1:7

Development screenings conducted twice a year, once in the beginning of the school year and once in the late Spring, to assess student progress and growth. This allows teachers to assess skill levels and target specific developmental deficits for each child. Daily communication is sent home with each child regarding activities, behavior, sleep routines, etc.

The DLM Early Childhood Express is a holistic, child-centered program that nurtures each child by offering carefully selected and carefully sequenced learning experiences, based on the latest neuroscience research. It provides materials and ideas to foster the social-emotional, intellectual, and physical development of children, while nurturing the natural curiosity and sense of self that can serve as the foundation for a lifetime of learning. The DLM Early Childhood Express is developed with the whole child in mind, providing opportunities to develop concrete skills through experiences with music, art, storytelling, and teacher-directed lessons that, in addition to skills development, emphasize practice and reflection.

The Firefly Classroom utilizes a multi-sensory approach to learning, incorporating sensory activities daily.

In regards to discipline, first and foremost, a positive-praise theme is used, in order to foster good behavior within the classroom. Redirection is also used consistently in our classrooms. If behavior issues persist, the teachers work closely with the parents and our therapy staff to create an individualized behavior management/modification plan for the child.

Firefly Schedule
7:00-9:00 am Arrival/Free Centers
9:00-9:10 am Snack
9:10-9:30 am Circle Time
9:30-10:15 am Small Group Activity*/Bathroom
10:15-11:00am Gross Motor (Indoor or Outdoor)
11:00-11:15 am Story Time
11:15-12:00 am Lunch
12:00-1:45 pm Nap
1:45-2:00 pm Bathroom Break
2:00-2:30 pm Small Group Activity*
2:30-2:45 pm Snack
2:45-3:30 pm Gross Motor (Indoor or Outdoor)
3:30-6:00 pm Free Centers and Directed Play
*Small group activities include one of the following: math, science, personal development, fine motor, art, and physical development.
  • Upcoming Events

    1. Talbots In-Store Fundraiser

      August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    2. Special Needs All Access Night at Discovery Center

      August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. Great Americana BBQ Festival

      August 26 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    4. Special Saturdays at Christ Presbyterian Church

      September 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    5. High Hopes Family Picnic

      September 15 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    6. Free Autism Workshop at Vanderbilt

      September 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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