Sunbeams Our Sunbeam class is a combination PreK/Kindergarten. Children are typically 4 years old by October 1 to be enrolled in PreK, and 5 years old to be enrolled in Kindergarten. The Pre-K children spend much of their day working or playing at activities of their own selection, but our daily schedule also provides time for planned individual, small group & large group activities, designed to give each child repeated, specific experiences with:

Language Arts/Literacy

  • Listening and responding to quality literature and nonfiction
  • Storytelling and retelling
  • Letter recognition
  • Letter-sound relationships
  • Writing letters of the alphabet
  • Developmental spelling


  • Numeral recognition
  • Counting
  • 1-to-1 correspondence
  • Measuring, non standard
  • Patterns, 3 repeat
  • Estimating
  • Fractions, whole, half and quarter
  • Time: today, tomorrow, yesterday, days of the week, months
  • Seriation: size, number, length, weight, texture
  • Comparatives: heavy/light, long/short, more/less, big/bigger/biggest
  • Ordered sets
  • Positional words: behind, over, before, under, next to, after, in, on, down, etc.


  • Classification
  • Predicting
  • Sequencing
  • Matching
  • Sorting, 1 attribute

At the end of this PreK year, most 4-year-olds will be able to:

  • Identify colors: red, blue, green, yellow, black, brown, white, organge, purple and pink
  • Name shapes: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, star, diamond, heart and oval
  • Recognize and print some letters
  • Recognize and print 1st name
  • Listen to stories; respond to stories verbally and with drawings
  • Retell familiar stories
  • Follow 3 oral directions
  • Rote count to 31
  • Recognize numerals 1-10
  • Count 1-1 to 10
  • Understand quantity to 10
  • Identify and extend patterns
  • Sort, classify and seriate objects according to one attribute
  • Toilet independently

Children in Kindergarten continue to learn from the same types of activities they enjoyed in preschool. They build upon their prior experiences to develop expanded knowledge and understandings. Daily, they are offered experiences in art, music, literacy and language development, science, physical development, math and social skills. They have time for block building, dramatic play and regular opportunities to learn from each other in both small group and whole class activities. The day is a balance of child-initiated activities and teacher directed lessons.

Language arts/literacy and mathematic skills and concepts are introduced, reinforced and integrated within the context of science and social studies topics and projects explored by the class throughout the year, in accordance with NJ’s Core Curriculum Content Standards for Kindergarten.

Center Hours: 7:30am - 5:30pm

  • May 22, 2024 – Happy 4th birthday, Carol!
  • May 24, 2024 – Happy 3rd birthday, Milo!
  • May 25, 2024 – Happy 5th birthday, Lily!
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  • May 29, 2024 – Happy 5th birthday, Eve!
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