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Class Choices

Preschool Morning Classes

•    Two Day Class, Monday and Friday mornings, 8:40 – 11:30
•    Two Day Class, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:40 – 11:30
•    Three Day Class, Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, 8:40 – 11:30
•    Three Day Class, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 8:40 – 11:30
•    Five Day Class, Monday through Friday mornings, 8:40 – 11:30


Preschool Afternoon Classes

•    Three Day Class, Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 12:40 – 3:30
•    Four Day Class, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, 12:40 – 3:30
•    Five Year Old Class, Monday through Friday afternoons, 12:30 – 3:30

Extended Day “Lunch Bunch” Options
•    Tuesdays 11:30 - 2:00 (offered as an extension to the 3 day TWT and 5 day M-F morning classes after school)
•    Wednesdays 11:30 – 2:00 (offered as an extension to the 3 day MWF, 3 dayTWT and 5 day M-F morning classes after school)
•    Thursdays 11:10 – 12:40 (offered as an extension to the 4 day PM and 5 year classes before school)

Kindergarten
Monday through Friday, with three days 8:40 – noon, and two days 8:40 – 2:00 in the first semester; adding a third longer day in the second semester

Ratios: A class of twenty children has four teachers, while a class of twelve has two teachers. Five of our preschool classes have mixed age groups of three and four year olds that are balanced by age and gender. Four other classes are age specific: kindergarten, a five year old class, and two two-day classes for three year olds.

 

A Note Regarding Afternoon Classes
Sometimes the thought of sending your child to an afternoon class can catch you off guard, but there are a number of advantages to that schedule.

•    Some children are just not morning children; they like to get up and take their time with a more relaxing morning schedule at home. For those who feel rushed waking up, having breakfast, getting dressed, and racing off to be at school by 8:40, the afternoon is a good schedule to consider!
•    Children who rise in the morning may have lots of ideas for things to do; it’s in the afternoon when they are looking for activities and sometimes feel bored. An afternoon class will fill that “what can I do now” gap!
•    Children really do give up their naps between 2 ½ and 3 ½ years old. Children that are dropping their naps just as school is starting in the fall may  fall asleep in their car seat on the ride home from school for a while, but quickly adjust to their new schedule.  In our forty years of afternoon classes, only three or four children have had trouble adjusting to an afternoon schedule due to tiredness.
•    Families that live father away from The Acorn often prefer afternoon classes, so they don’t have to contend with rush hour traffic.
•    Some families seek out an afternoon class, since it fits their schedules so well.  And most of the families that go into an afternoon class with some doubts fall in love with the afternoon schedule, because it is so family friendly.