K4 Preschool

Thank you for allowing us to have the opportunity to minister to your child through the K4 Preschool program here at Smoke Rise.

We will begin our first day of the 4K Kindergarten curriculum on Monday, August 22nd at 8:00 a.m. It is of utmost importance for your child to arrive on time when at all possible to receive the full benefit of the Abeka program. Also, for full-time children, we do not allow drop-off nor pick-up between the nap time hours of 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM. This disrupts the children's sleeping patterns in the classroom. Your cooperation is appreciated. Pickup time is at noon. You must swipe your child in and out each day with your child's swipe card at the front desk.

There are a few other things to address concerning our daily routine:

  • Please do not allow your child to bring a toy. 
  • We do however allow you to bring blankets or a sleep toy, but it will be put away until nap time.

Please write your child's name on all of their belongings.

  • Each child that is enrolled in full-time childcare is required to have a mat for nap time.
  • This should be provided by the parent.
  • The mat should be taken home every Friday to be washed and brought back the following Monday.

Please write your child's name on all of their belongings.

  • We recommend for tennis shoes to be worn.
  • Please understand we do not change shoes/clothes for playtime.
  • We have snack time every morning at 9 a.m., please provide your child with a light snack and drink.
  • You may bring a sippy cup for your child. It must be taken home at the end of the day.
  • Please provide your child with a change of clothes daily. 
  • If your child wears pull-ups, bring only Velcro pull-ups for us to use.

Please write your child's name on all of their belongings.

  • You can drop your child off as early as 6:30 a.m.
  • You may bring breakfast for your child (We provide milk for cereal). Breakfast time ends at 7:50 a.m., to allow time to clean up, and so we can begin our day promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • Saying the pledge to the flag
  • Learning memory verses
  • Prayer time and music time

Each child will have his/her Abeka workbooks consisting of:

  • Learning Numbers with Button Bear
  • Child's Art for 4's 
  • Arts and Crafts with Button Bear
  • Throughout the year we have several parties such as our fall party (Halloween), Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas, Valentine's, Easter Egg Hunt, and our end of the year party.
  • We may also have some special parties such as popcorn, pizza , or pajama parties. (You will be asked to bring items for special parties)
  • Feel free to bring a special snack to celebrate your child's birthday.


August 22nd - First Day of Preschool

October 4th - 6th - Fall Pictures

October 7th - Pumpkin Patch

November 14th - 17th - Christmas Pictures

November 17th - 4k Thanksgiving Program and Luncheon

December 15th - Christmas Program

April 6th - Easter Egg Hunt

May 1st - 5th - Teacher Appreciation Week

TBA - Spring Pictures

Milestones for a Four-Year-Old

This is a guide for Four-Year-Olds. Some children may still be developing their toddler skills or already developing preschool skills. It shows abilities and processes that can be reasonably expected. We, here at Smoke Rise Childcare and Preschool are committed to providing opportunities for children to develop.

Social Development

  • Asks for help when needed
  • Engages in cooperative play with small groups of children frequently
  • Gives attention to stories for 10-15 min
  • Says "thank you" and "please" without reminders
  • Joins in mealtime conversations
  • Initiates friendships with children
  • Plays with others with minimal conflict
  • Interacts with adults in a social manner
  • Ask permission to use items belonging to others

Emotional Development

  • Developing sense of humor
  • Shows increasing level of positive interactions and friendliness in a small group setting
  • Responds to a specific need/desire when expressed by another child
  • Verbalizes and is comfortable expressing a wide variety of emotions
  • Openly and warmly expresses affection to other children
  • Comforts other kids
  • Is able to return to task/play after experiencing stress
  • Exhibits concern for fairness in what happens to others
  • Sharing and/or taking turns

Cognitive Development

  • Makes sun, animals, trees, flowers, etc.
  • Counts to 10
  • Names pictures that have been hidden
  • Comprehends concept of opposites
  • Works a 12 piece (or larger) puzzle
  • Draws a 2 part (or 3 part), person
  • Counts 4 or more objects
  • Identifies 4 colors when named
  • Identifies shapes
  • Extends sentences logically
  • Recognized several alphabets letters and sounds

Physical Development

  • Balances on one foot for 5-10 seconds
  • Jumps over a stationary rope held 6 inches above the ground
  • Pedals tricycle around obstacles and sharp corners
  • Catches a ball in hands, arms flexed
  • Hops around on one foot without support
  • Walks backward
  • Throws a ball with accuracy
  • Holds the paper in place with one hand while writing with the other
  • Cuts with scissors along a thick, straight line
  • Draws recognizable pictures
  • Draws or copies shapes
  • Laces shoes or lacing board