Welcome to High Five

The High 5 Program is a 5 day a week class that prepares each child for the critical transition from preschool to kindergarten. The program assures that each child will be ready for the academic and social challenges of the kindergarten classroom. Our weekly structured curriculum focuses on developing, sharpening and reinforcing art, science, math, writing, reading and social skills. Our teachers help to strengthen each child’s decision making and self-help skills in a safe supportive classroom environment.

Our High Five Class meets every morning Monday through Friday. Your child must be 5 by October 1st and have had 1 year of previous preschool experience to attend High Five.

Our High Five Class provides our students with kindergarten readiness opportunities while promoting hands-on and cooperative learning, social interaction and problem-solving. Your child will have the opportunity to practice the following skills:

  • Recognize, identify and write upper and lowercase letters.
  • Letter-sound correspondences.
  • Read common high-frequency words by sight.
  • Blend and segment onsets of single-syllable spoken words.
  • Practice fine motor skills.
  • Copying, extending and creating patterns.
  • Compose and decompose numbers up to 10 with objects.
  • Create and read a simple graph.
  • Identify 2-D and 3-D shapes by distinguishing similarities and differences.
  • Practice many other kindergarten readiness skills.

The High 5 classroom is set up to allow preschoolers to involve themselves in independent decision making in their classroom. The children can explore dramatic play, literary activities, discovery science projects, a quiet reading area and a building and construction area.

We use the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

A.M. Schedule
9:00 Arrival Work /Pledge of Allegiance
9:10 Bible Story/Prayer Time/Calendar
9:35 Curriculum (Core Subject)
10:00 Centers
10:20 Snack
10:35 Curriculum (Core Subject)
11:00 Recess/Large Motor
11:15 Storytime
11:35 Dismissal

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep the parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Parent-teacher conferences once a year.
  • The building of personal relationships with each family.
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our teachers to support communication.
  • Open door facility; we promote parent visits to the center at any time to observe or participate in their child’s day.

The High 5 classroom is set up to allow preschoolers to involve themselves in independent decision making in their classroom. The children can explore dramatic play, literary activities, discovery science projects, a quiet reading area and a building and construction area.

We use the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

Physical

  • Students will be a part of play-based learning where they will be given a group game and ask to follow multi-step directions while working with their classmates.
  • Students will be involved in our Music and Movement Program.
  • Students will be active in both our outdoor recreation space and also our indoor large motor room.
  • Students will practice several fine motor skills in the classroom, such as mature pencil grip and proper use of scissors using their dominant hand, building with various objects, completing interlocking puzzles, etc.

Emotional

  • Students will gain independence through play, routines, and individual tasks.
  • Students will learn to initiate and respond appropriately in conversations and discussions with adults and classmates.
  • Students will be taught a variety of problem-solving skills.

Intellectual

  • Students will work with letters from A-Z and recognize individual sounds.
  • Students will work on recognizing sight words.
  • Students will work on decoding words and blending phenomes.
  • Students will learn to recognize and write their first and last name.
  • Students will experiment with writing using various tools and materials.
  • Students develop awareness of numbers 0-20, involving one to one correspondence, ten-frames, & tally marks.
  • Students will learn counting strategies for beginning math (adding & subtracting).
  • Students will listen responsively to books/stories and engage in classroom discussions around the elements of a story.

Spiritual

  • Students will be taught God’s word from the Bible. This will be done through daily classroom devotion, song, monthly memory verse, and monthly participation in worship @ Kids Praise.
  • Students will share prayer requests and learn how to pray.

Social

  • Students will interact with peers in classroom work centers, where they will learn about themselves and also learn about playing with others.
  • Students will engage in cooperative play with small groups of children frequently.
  • Students will learn to initiate and respond appropriately in conversations and discussions with adults and classmates.
  • Students will learn to follow 3 part directions without a distraction.

All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.

  • 4 Elmer Glue Sticks
  • 1 bottle of Elmers Glue
  • 1 Container of Clorox Wipes
  • 1 Box of Kleenex
  • 1 Container of  baby wipes (Huggies or Pampers Preferred)
  • Plastic Pencil Box (8×5 with snapping lid)
  • 2- 24 pk Crayons
  • 2- 10 ct. Washable Markers
  • Scissors (bunt tip)
  • 1 Pink Eraser
  • 1 Large container of Peanut Free snacks to share (ex. Graham crackers, Veggie Straws, Ritz Crackers, Vanilla Wafers, Teddy Grahams, Pretzels, Box Cereal, Cheese Crackers. 
  • Bottle of 12 oz (or larger) Hand Sanitizer
  • Standard Size Backpack
Classroom

The High 5 classroom is set up to allow preschoolers to involve themselves in independent decision making in their classroom. The children can explore dramatic play, literary activities, discovery science projects, a quiet reading area and a building and construction area.

We use the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

Schedule
A.M. Schedule
9:00 Arrival Work /Pledge of Allegiance
9:10 Bible Story/Prayer Time/Calendar
9:35 Curriculum (Core Subject)
10:00 Centers
10:20 Snack
10:35 Curriculum (Core Subject)
11:00 Recess/Large Motor
11:15 Storytime
11:35 Dismissal
What to know

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep the parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development, and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Parent-teacher conferences once a year.
  • The building of personal relationships with each family.
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our teachers to support communication.
  • Open door facility; we promote parent visits to the center at any time to observe or participate in their child’s day.
Outcomes

The High 5 classroom is set up to allow preschoolers to involve themselves in independent decision making in their classroom. The children can explore dramatic play, literary activities, discovery science projects, a quiet reading area and a building and construction area.

We use the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum. The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your classroom. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning.

Physical

  • Students will be a part of play-based learning where they will be given a group game and ask to follow multi-step directions while working with their classmates.
  • Students will be involved in our Music and Movement Program.
  • Students will be active in both our outdoor recreation space and also our indoor large motor room.
  • Students will practice several fine motor skills in the classroom, such as mature pencil grip and proper use of scissors using their dominant hand, building with various objects, completing interlocking puzzles, etc.

Emotional

  • Students will gain independence through play, routines, and individual tasks.
  • Students will learn to initiate and respond appropriately in conversations and discussions with adults and classmates.
  • Students will be taught a variety of problem-solving skills.

Intellectual

  • Students will work with letters from A-Z and recognize individual sounds.
  • Students will work on recognizing sight words.
  • Students will work on decoding words and blending phenomes.
  • Students will learn to recognize and write their first and last name.
  • Students will experiment with writing using various tools and materials.
  • Students develop awareness of numbers 0-20, involving one to one correspondence, ten-frames, & tally marks.
  • Students will learn counting strategies for beginning math (adding & subtracting).
  • Students will listen responsively to books/stories and engage in classroom discussions around the elements of a story.

Spiritual

  • Students will be taught God’s word from the Bible. This will be done through daily classroom devotion, song, monthly memory verse, and monthly participation in worship @ Kids Praise.
  • Students will share prayer requests and learn how to pray.

Social

  • Students will interact with peers in classroom work centers, where they will learn about themselves and also learn about playing with others.
  • Students will engage in cooperative play with small groups of children frequently.
  • Students will learn to initiate and respond appropriately in conversations and discussions with adults and classmates.
  • Students will learn to follow 3 part directions without a distraction.

All snacks must be peanut free! Here are some ideas of what you could bring: Fruit snacks, Graham crackers, dried fruit, cheese crackers, Ritz crackers, boxed cereal, vanilla wafers, veggies straws, pretzels or teddy grahams.

Supply List
  • 4 Elmer Glue Sticks
  • 1 bottle of Elmers Glue
  • 1 Container of Clorox Wipes
  • 1 Box of Kleenex
  • 1 Container of  baby wipes (Huggies or Pampers Preferred)
  • Plastic Pencil Box (8×5 with snapping lid)
  • 2- 24 pk Crayons
  • 2- 10 ct. Washable Markers
  • Scissors (bunt tip)
  • 1 Pink Eraser
  • 1 Large container of Peanut Free snacks to share (ex. Graham crackers, Veggie Straws, Ritz Crackers, Vanilla Wafers, Teddy Grahams, Pretzels, Box Cereal, Cheese Crackers. 
  • Bottle of 12 oz (or larger) Hand Sanitizer
  • Standard Size Backpack
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