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ABC Pre-K

Kids in class listening to a teacher read a story

Registration

Registration opens on Friday, April 1, 2016. Registration is for the entire school year, from September to May. Registrations will be accepted until classes fill; please keep in mind that classes fill quickly.

Phone and email

Abbey Pattison
763-493-8167
Email Abbey Pattison

Program description

ABC Pre-K is a state-licensed program designed for children ages 3 to 5. In our classes, children are immersed in hands-on activities that foster meaningful connections to their classmates, teachers, and the word around them.

Best practice and kindergarten readiness research is showing that children learn best when they have the opportunity to be hands-on with classroom materials and participate in small group activities with other children and a teacher. Inquiry-based learning methods teach children to ask questions and investigate and ultimately learn how to learn. We incorporate these practices every day and do our best to make sure we are using research-based teaching methods.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on providing a safe, nurturing, quality environment in which we can foster the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, artistic, literary and musical development of each child in our preschool program. We strongly value our natural environment and how important it is for children to have frequent access to meaningful experiences outdoors. Every child entrusted in our care is encouraged to explore, investigate, and learn about the world around them, as well as their own individuality.

Communication

We will keep you updated on what we are working on and what the children are learning through daily, weekly, and monthly communication methods. We will also have a parent bulletin board you can reference for copies of our calendar, newsletters, snack lists, and more.

A parent packet with more information will be sent out before the start of the school year.

Curriculum

We will be using Creative Curriculum and will do a variety of studies throughout the year.  Each study will last approximately 3 to 6 weeks. 

We focus on age-appropriate academic concepts while developing important social-emotional skills.

  • Math
  • Music
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Art
  • Nature

At ABC Pre-K, we value each opportunity our children have to play, use their imaginations, and explore the great big world.

Nature-based curriculum

This school year, a naturalist from Three Rivers Park District will join our teaching staff. Your child will have frequent access to the outdoors and experience daily adventures in nature.

Goals

The goals of our program are:

  • To increase self-esteem, independence, and confidence
  • To develop cognitive, motor, and social-emotional skills
  • To promote imaginative and creative play
  • To provide positive and meaningful experiences in the outdoors
  • To prepare each child for kindergarten using best practice methods

Requirements

All children must be completely toilet trained by the first day of class (no pull-ups). Reasonable accommodations will be made for children with disabilities or other special needs.

Early childhood screening

We do not require your child be screened before they enroll in ABC Pre-K. Once your child is enrolled in ABC Pre-K, we partner with Osseo Area Schools to provide onsite screening. Please ask your teacher for more information.

Early childhood screening is required by the State of Minnesota and must be completed before starting kindergarten. It is recommended that a child be screened at age three so any potential problems can be found early.

More information on screening

Contact your district screening office for more information on early childhood screening

Osseo early childhood screening

Anoka-Hennepin early childhood screening

Robbinsdale early childhood screening

Daytime classes daily schedule

Activity Time Details
Outdoor free play 15 minutes Free play at the nature play area and playground. This is a time to practice social and physical development while also demonstrating an understanding of basic safety rules (and, of course, have fun and burn off energy!)
Outdoor lesson 30 minutes Hands-on learning through outdoor exploration and discovery. Children will take part in 2 to 3 unique outdoor lessons throughout the week. Outdoor learning is typically done in small groups of 5 to 7 students and supports scientific thinking, language and literacy development, and mathematical concepts.
Circle time 15 minutes Large group time to practice and reflect on social and emotional skills. May include a book or body awareness activity, or be used as a time to review classroom expectations and introduce new rules or concepts.
Transition time 15 minutes Transition from outdoors to indoors includes putting away outdoor clothing in cubbies. This is a time to practice managing transitions with self-control while promoting responsibility and independence within each child.
Snack 15 minutes Snacks are served family-style, which includes scooping from and passing a snack-filled bowl, and pouring from and passing a pitcher of water. This format encourages table manners and other social skills, as well as fine motor development.
Interest areas 45 minutes Student choice time with options in dramatic play, writing, art, math and manipulatives, building blocks, science, music, and loose parts. Teachers work with kids in groups and one-on-one during this time and may include a small group activity to further practice a specific skill.
Storytime and wrap-up 15 minutes Review and reinforce the concepts learned throughout the day using large group discussion and a complementary story.

 

Evening classes daily schedule

Activity Time Details
Group time 15 to 20 minutes Group time for hands-on learning. Children will take part in 2 to 3 unique lessons throughout the week. Activities may be done as a large group or in small groups of 5 to 7 students. These activities support scientific thinking, language and literacy development, and mathematical concepts. This time may also be used to practice and reflect on social and emotional skills. May include a book or body awareness activity, or be used as a time to review classroom expectations and introduce new rules or concepts.
Interest areas 45 minutes Student choice time with options in dramatic play, writing, art, math and manipulatives, building blocks, science, music, and loose parts. Teachers work with kids in groups and one-on-one during this time and may include a small group activity to further practice a specific skill.
Storyline and wrap-up 15 minutes Review and reinforce the concepts learned throughout the day using large group discussion and a complementary story.

 

Class offerings for 2016-17

September 12, 2016 to May 12, 2017. No classes November 21 through 25, December 19 through 30 or March 27 through 31.

Days Time Age (in years) Cost per year Cost per month
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 4 to 5, must be 4 by September 1, 2016 $1,512 $168
Monday/Wednesday 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. 3 to 5 $1,080 $120
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 3 $1,080 $120
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. 3 to 5 $1,080 $120
Monday/Wednesday 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. 3 to 5 $693 $77

 

Registration

Registration is for the entire school year, from September to May. Registrations will be accepted until classes fill; please keep in mind that classes fill quickly.

Payment and scholarships

A non-refundable $35 registration fee is due at registration. You can either pay for the entire year at the time of registration or choose our monthly payment option. Scholarships are available and are based on household income. Contact our office for more information about applying for a scholarship, 763-493-8333.

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Contact us

Community Activity Center (Recreation and Parks Department)

5600 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Community Activity Center

Summer hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed unless we have a scheduled event or activity
Hours may vary based on events and activities.

Phone and email

Abbey Pattison
763-493-8167
Email Abbey Pattison

 
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