The Little Shepherd is a preschool with programs for Children ages 3-5. 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 Pre-kindergarten program for our older fours/younger five year olds that prepares children for the Cranston School System’s kindergarten requirements and standards.
Year One Program
Our “Year One” Program is designed to acclimate students into a school environment. They will play, learn, and grow throughout the year. Group instruction and peer to peer interactions are both integral parts of the day. Your child will learn social skills in order to function in a classroom setting. Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Letters as well as concepts such as rhyming, letter sounds, and patterning will be introduced and explored. Your child will also be exposed to science and many hands on activities in our Year One program. Your child must be toilet trained and have already turned three to participate in the Year One program. This is a program geared towards children who will not be going on to Kindergarten. If your child will attend Kindergarten in the next school year they will be enrolled in our year two program.
Year Two Program
Year Two dives deeper into the concepts the students were exposed to in Year One. More in depth group discussions and self directed activities based on the skills from Year One will help your child gain the skills they will need for kindergarten, while also gaining self-confidence in their knowledge and abilities. Focus on strengthening math concepts, as well as growing from their current knowledge will be a major part of this school year. We will work on pre-reading skills as well as exposure to sight words. This year allows children to solidify skills and become more developed socially and emotionally before moving onto kindergarten. Your child must have turned four by September 1st of that school year to enter the four-year-old program.