The Little Shepherd is a preschool with programs for three, four, and five year olds. Our school year mainly follows the calendar of the Cranston School System. Our school day hours are 9:00am - 3:00pm. We have half day sessions in the morning and afternoon available for all age groups. Half day sessions begin at 9:00am or 12:30pm and conclude at 11:30am and 3:00pm respectively. Two day sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and three day sessions are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We offer a full day kindergarten program for our five year olds that meets the Cranston School System's kindergarten requirements and standards.
Our three year old program initially focuses on helping your child transition to the preschool day. Our teachers develop a bond with their new students by providing a safe, nurturing atmosphere filled with fun new experiences. We are continually amazed at how well our three year olds adapt to their new environment, even those who were the most tearful in the beginning. Our three year olds learn how to respect each other by taking turns and becoming good listeners, to their teachers and peers. There are many "firsts" for this age group and our experienced teachers guide their students through each one, celebrate their accomplishments and encouraging them when they struggle. By the end of the year, our three year olds have a portfolio of work and pictures that demonstrate their year of achievement.
The four year old program continues to foster each child's independence, respectful interaction with their peers and teachers, in addition to expanding their knowledge of letter recognition, writing and desire to learn. Our four year olds are encouraged to take a more participatory role in all activities. Our teachers focus learning around themes, incorporating reading, writing, music, art and science lessons into each theme. But ask any of our four year olds and they will tell you they spent the day having fun! By making learning fun, we can set into place a lifelong love of learning.
For our five year olds, we have half day and full day programs. Our full day kindergarten program is a fully accredited kindergarten experience, and many of our parents opt to attend our kindergarten program based on their children's experiences in the three and four year old programs. Five year olds enter kindergarten at very different stages. Some five year olds are still learning their alphabet and some are already reading, yet all kindergarteners need to be prepared for first grade, all meeting the same standard. Our programs and teachers get each child prepared for "big school" in a positive and nurturing environment. Our classes are smaller, and this lets our teachers take the time each of our children needs to learn, grow and develop.