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4K Program

4K Program (4 – 5 years)

Getting Ready for School

Our program is specifically designed to meet the child care and learning needs of four and five year old children. This challenging, fun and age-appropriate program engages each child, helping to think, reason and communicate.

Ensuring Your Child’s Seamless Transition to Kindergarten

The Pre-K classrooms at Sycamore Tree are designed to help your child make significant developmental gains, like communicating successfully, and working well both independently and in groups. Our teachers use these educational tools and activities to prepare your child for Kindergarten and life outside of Sycamore Tree.

Educational Tools and Activities
  • Construction & Design
  • Dramatic Play
  • Writing
  • Creativity and Art Projects
  • Reading & Listening
  • Math
  • Science & Sensory Activities

Your Child’s Day

The year-round Pre-K curriculum includes ## themed units that incorporate the best practices of early childhood education experts and promote school-readiness. Your child will create journals and portfolios that encourage communication through drawing and writing.

The typical daily structure for your child might include:

  • Morning and Afternoon Circle time where the day’s themed activities are introduced and reviewed.
  • Opportunities to explore and evaluate feelings.
  • Activities in the Learning Centers to bring the day’s educational theme to life.
  • Back to Basics Math, Language or Literacy skills focus to build their knowledge and prepare them for Kindergarten.
  • Story time, which allows your child to read a story with the class or act out a character.
  • Song and Poem time to strengthen early literacy skills.
  • Music and movement to expand your child’s vocabulary and listening skills.
  • Outdoor play at least twice daily to participate in group play, burn off energy and develop motor skills.
  • Lunch and quiet time to nourish and rest your child’s growing mind and body.

In addition, our Summer Camp Program offers three months of learning, fun and sun—filled with exciting themes and activities that reinforce learning objectives and further school-readiness.

You’ll receive assessments regularly through daily written reports, ongoing portfolio collections, quarterly reports and family/teacher conferences twice a year, so you can rest assured that your child is progressing throughout the year.

What to bring from home?

Children should come dressed and ready for action. We recommend washable, comfortable clothing. No flip flops or sandals for outdoor play or field trips. A change of clothing in a ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name that include; socks, shirt, pants and underwear. Please change seasonally or as your child outgrows the clothing.

Boots, coats, hats, snow pants and mittens are needed to protect from the cold and from mud. All children are required to be taken outdoors each day except during inclement weather or for health reasons such an ozone alert day.

In addition to a change of clothing, preschoolers will need the following:

  • Shoes
  • Small comfort item from home for sleeping (e.g., blanket, teddy) This will be kept in cubby until rest-time.
  • Any medication and completed medical form
  • Sleeping bag (placed in pillowcase for ease of storage)
  • Small, travel-size pillow if needed. Please no regular pillows.

Special summer needs include:

  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes
  • Old tennis shoes for walks

What not to bring?

We ask that children please leave toys, food, gum, pets and money at home. The learning materials at the center are shared by all children as part of the learning experience. Lack of concern about one’s own toys being lost or broken enables the child to participate more fully in our educational environment.

The Sycamore Tree is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken items brought from home.

Extending into Summer

In addition, our summer program offers three months of learning, fun and sun—filled with exciting themes and activities that reinforce learning objectives and further school-readiness. Learn more about our summer programs.

You’ll receive assessments regularly through daily written reports, ongoing portfolio collections, quarterly reports and family/teacher conferences twice a year, so you can rest assured that your child is progressing throughout the year.


Take a Virtual Tour

To schedule a visit, please contact us via phone at (262) 673-0161. If you want to see our school right now, here’s a virtual tour. Questions can be submitted via email or via this form on our contact page.

To learn more about enrollment and tuition, please visit our Enrollment section and read our frequently asked questions.