Fireflies- 4.0-entering 1st grade


AGE REQUIREMENTS:
(Transitional Kindergarten)-Child is at least 4.0 yrs old by 12/2;

(Kindergarten) Child is 5.0 old and not yet entering 1st grade by September 1

POTTY TRAINING: Must be fully self-sufficient

SCHEDULE OPTIONS:
5 DAYS (Monday-Friday):

Part-Time (8:30 am-2:30 pm) - Mandatory Minimum Schedule 
Full-Time (6:30 am-6:00 pm)

RATIO: 1:12

DESCRIPTION FOR FIREFLIES CLASS:

The Firefly program is NCC’s Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten (K) class. The goals of the Firefly program are to prepare students with the foundational academic preparedness the students will need for entry into the primary grades and to deepen the love of learning through rich-child centered activities.

The Firefly program is unique in that the program is taught using a co-teaching approach that takes place with the teaching staff from the Butterfly class. This co-teaching approach provides opportunities for the students to experience two classrooms, individualized attention from the teaching staff and a differentiated learning experience based on the development of the student.

Once a student has completed the Firefly program, they could remain in the Fireflies class for Kindergarten (providing the child is age appropriate) or go to another school to start their “big school” experience. NCC’s TK and Kindergarten graduates do well as they enter into the primary grades. Valley Christian School (VCS) has designated NCC as an “Exemplary Preschool”, giving priority enrollment or incentives to NCC families upon qualifying.

FIREFLIES SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE:

TIME ACTIVITY
6:30 am-8:00 am Good morning! Breakfast from home and free play in Building #5
8:00 am-8:30 am Check-In/Free Play in the Play Yard
8:30-9:30 am Outdoor Class Time in Assigned Groups:
Open-Ended Play, G2K (Garden to Kitchen), Science Discovery, Jelic, Gardening
9:30-10:00 am Morning Meeting Time
10:00-10:20 am Snack Time
10:20-10:50 am Large Group Time
10:50-11:45 am Focused Groups / Chapel (Wednesdays)
11:45-1:00 Lunch Time
1:00-1:45 pm Reading Time
1:45-2:15 Journaling
2:15-2:30 Afternoon Meeting Time
2:30 pm Goodbye Part Time Friends
2:30-3:00 Snack Time
3:00-4:10 pm Outdoor Play
4:10-5:15 pm Open Center/Tipi/Gardening
5:15-5:30 pm Clean Up Time
5:30-6:00 pm Story Time & Goodbye to Full Time Friends

Valley Christian School has listed Neighborhood Christian Center an an "Exemplary Preschool." We have partnered with one of the best schools in the area, Valley Christian Schools and we commit to prepare our students for Kindergarten with excellence.  At its discretion, VCS will present Exemplary Preschool Scholar Award(s) at the preschool’s commencement, each Award valued at $1,000, for qualified preschool graduates who have demonstrated proficiency of required kindergarten readiness skills for VCS and have received an acceptance letter for admission to Valley Christian Schools.

Fireflies Teachers