At Temple Beth Or Preschool, the general goal in the four-year-old classrooms is
to prepare students to enter elementary school, understanding that our four-
year-olds are at different stages of development. Learning is fun and hands-on,
with individual assessments conducted to help the teachers understand the
needs of the children and thus be able to appropriately shape classroom
In the Fours, students build on the skills they began to develop while in the
Threes classes, such as independent thinking, cooperative play, collaborative
work, fine motor skills and good communication. As the year progresses,
students are expected to make more of their own decisions and effectively
articulate their needs and emotions.
Other skills fostered include:
Consistent with our play-based approach to the school, children in the Fours
classes are not pressured to perform against academic milestones, but those
expressing interest are afforded opportunities to build on their growing literacy.
The curriculum is intentionally left flexible in order to be responsive to the
children’s interests. For example, at one point during a cold snap, a child asked
why there was ice in a bucket on the playground.
The overarching goal is to ensure the children are having fun while also
introducing the beginnings of an academic focus so they are familiar with what
will be expected of them both socially and academically in the larger elementary