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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 October 1st and September 31st of the program year.  Children turning 5 in the late fall may benefit from this year of discovery-based learning.

The program is offered Monday through Friday from 9:00am -1:30pm and includes a lunch bunch program where students bring/eat lunch with their teachers and classmates.

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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