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A full day Fives Pre-K Kindergarten readiness program at Five Mile River Nursery School is for those children turning 5 between September 1st 2019 and August 31st 2020.  Children may enroll in the 5's program only if they will be entering kindergarten the following year.

The program is offered Monday through Friday from 9:00am -1:30pm. This program includes lunch, and Extended Day options are available until 4:00pm.

Five's Pre-K Program


The program is built on a developmentally appropriate, emergent-style, project based curriculum, designed to challenge your child's cognitive, social, physical, academic and creative development using the CT Early Learning and Development Standards as cross-walked for Kindergarten.  Our goal is for your child to experience intellectual joy while becoming an empowered, self-directed problem solver and life-long learner and gain all the skills necessary for future academic and social success.  Curriculum goals include:


Cognition:  Develop executive functioning, decision making, logic and reasoning, self-regulation and an effective approach to learning.

Personal /Social Development - Encourage positive interactions in conversations and cooperative play, self discipline and respect for others.  Recall and follow daily routines with little needed support, including adapting to changes.

Literacy / Language 

  • Increase vocabulary, understand homonyms, phonology and syllables.

  • Represent learning through creative expression, drawing and invented spelling.

  • Use rich descriptive language in peer interaction and in group settings.

  • Increase understanding of book / print  concepts and conventional grammar


  • Build on math concepts including counting, measuring, sorting, classifying and graphing.

  • Understand dimension and shapes, including 2D and 3D shapes.

  • Compare measurable attributes and describe the comparison.

  • Count to 100by 1's and 10's.

  • Begin addition and subtraction.

Social Studies / Science -

  • Use scientific observation, investigation, documentation and data collection.

  • Pose and refine problems, hypothesize, predict outcomes and conduct experiments.

  • Sort and classify plants, animals and minerals.

  • Understand life cycles, the environment, weather and geography

  • Understand similarities and differences between cultures.

  • Understand concepts of time.

  • Learn to take responsibility for self, classroom community and the larger community.

Creative Development

  • Provide opportunities that allow children to engage and express themselves through music, visual arts, dramatic play and dance.

  • Build understanding of the various arts including the use of descriptive attributes of the various arts.

Physical Development

  • Develop large motor skills and core muscle strength and stamina through running, jumping, climbing, balancing, swinging, throwing and exploratory walks. 

  • Develop small motor skills through writing, manipulating small objects, cutting and drawing with control while using appropriate hand position.

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