Mrs. Cole

Mrs. Julie Cole
Mrs. DeLong
Mrs. Gwen DeLong

Mrs. VanDrunen

Mrs. Stephanie VanDrunen

 

4 School Philosophy

Hudsonville Christian is a place where God’s children can prepare to participate successfully in an academic setting with peers.  It is an age-appropriate environment where children practice and master the fine motor and academic skills that are prerequisite to kindergarten, and where they are introduced to intellectual challenges.  The activity in the 4 School rooms may look like children’s play, and often it is.  Play is an avenue to learning and has been carefully structured so that, in a nurturing Christian setting, children can grow and develop spiritually, socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually in a loving, relaxed, affirming atmosphere.

4 School Goals

Spiritual Development:

  • Help children know they belong to God and are secure in His love and care
  • Help children experience awe and wonder about God and His work
  • Share Bible stories, songs and prayer

Academic Development:

  • Develop language and literature skills, including listening skills, sound and formation of alphabet letters, left to right progression and Spanish instruction.
  • Learn letters and sounds using Zoo Phonics
  • Develop math readiness skills, including basic shapes, patterns, counting concepts, basic colors and using manipulatives
  • Develop readiness skills, including days of the week, months of the year, weather, seasons, health, senses, personal information, hygiene and discovery of God’s world

Physical Development:

  • Develop fine motor skills, including folding and tearing paper, tracing, cutting with scissors, puzzles, toys, pencil and crayon grip and printing name and alphabet letters
  • Develop gross motor skills, including running, jumping, climbing, hopping, skipping, moving with music and posture and balance
  • Develop hand writing skills using Handwriting Without Tears

Social-Emotional Development:

  • Encourage children to be respectful and kind to others
  • Accept others as Jesus modeled
  • Develop healthy relationships with other children and adults
  • Encourage children to feel valued by God and gain an understanding that they are special children created in His image

What can you expect to see your child doing in 4 School:

  • Observe, wonder and explore God’s creation
  • Praise God with songs and instruments
  • Grow in the knowledge of God by listening to Bible stories, answering basic questions and Bible memory
  • Actively participate in heartfelt prayers
  • Move through learning centers
  • Develop writing skills by practicing name writing and learning to write letters and numbers
  • Participate in learning letter names and sounds
  • Develop fine motor skills through various hands on activities
  • Increase vocabulary as well as receptive and expressive language
  • Sort, classify, match and create patterns
  • Enjoy activities that promote one to one correspondence, number recognition and counting
  • Engage in simple experiments and observation
  • Participate in art activities that foster imagination and experimentation
  • Develop independence and practice following multi-step directions
  • Participate in activities that promote building friendships, sharing, and taking turns
  • Use spatial skills and reasoning to experiment with various manipulatives

Admission Requirements

Hudsonville Christian School admits to its 4 School program any student who comes from a family who supports opportunities for a response to God’s Word and has reached the following milestones before the first day of school:

  • 4 years of age
  • toilet trained

To schedule a time to see 4 School in action, please email gvanwoerkom@4hcs.org.

For more 4 School enrollment information, please visit the Early Childhood Enrollment page.

2 Days Per Week

Monday and Wednesday morning   8:15 – 11:00
Tuesday and Thursday morning   8:15 – 11:00

3 Days Per Week

Monday / Wednesday / Friday morning   8:15 – 11:00
Monday / Wednesday / Friday afternoon 12:00 – 2:30
Tuesday / Thursday / Friday morning   8:15 – 11:00
Tuesday / Thursday / Friday afternoon  12:00 – 2:30

 

The 3-day program curriculum will include hands-on activities, extensions, and other opportunities for expanding on the week’s instruction.

4 School Schedule

A typical day at Hudsonville Christian Preschool:

  • Greet children / Opening Prayer
  • Circle Time
  • Bible and Praise Time
  • Center Time
  • Outdoor Play
  • Bathroom and Snack Break
  • Whole Group Instruction (Alphabet Instruction, Spanish, Literature, Art)
  • Circle Time / Show-n-Tell / Silly Songs
  • Prepare to go home
  • Dismissal