4's Program Overview 

Our 4’s program is a positive social experience with a rich variety of activities that teach children how to become part of a larger community.

We foster an environment in which children learn to express their needs, solve problems creatively and communicate comfortably with a variety of people. Children form deep friendships with teachers and classmates, and gain an appreciation for the diversity of individuals in their community.

At Calhoun, preschoolers have the freedom to discover who they are. We emphasize tactile, emotional experiences that allow students to develop self-confidence and cultivate a curiosity for the world around them.

Cognitive Development

Language Arts
  • Developing a love of literature
  • Comprehending language and story
  • Recognizing names and letters
  • Developing sight word vocabulary
  • Strengthening listening and talking skills
  • Retaining and recalling information
  • Developing sound-symbol correspondence
  • Experiencing the writing process, handwriting and directionality
Mathematical Thinking
  • Counting and one-to-one correspondence
  • Identifying numbers, sequencing
  • Measuring, recognizing shapes and other attributes
  • Sorting and comparing quantities and attributes
  • Exploring simple addition and subtraction
  • Recognizing patterns and symmetry
  • Extending a pattern
  • Exploring visual/spatial puzzles
  • Questioning, predicting, testing, observing and validating ideas
  • Observing and learning about growth and life cycles and the needs of a living organism
  • Cooking and experiencing the transformation of ingredients
  • Learning about gravity, buoyancy, conservation and the properties of water
Social Studies
  • Appreciating and caring for self and others
  • Increasing awareness of similarities and differences amongst peers
  • Increasing comfort with classroom routine and care of materials
  • Exploring family, community and culture
  • Developing a sense of justice and kindness
  • Exploring various materials and spatial relationships
  • Engaging in the artistic process
  • Discovering science and mathematics in art
  • Making choices and enhancing creativity, invention, initiative, independence and self-expression
  • In music, introducing culture through song and continuing to explore rhythm, pitch and melody
  • In theater/movement, playing roles, developing imagination and creativity and being introduced to ensemble work

Physical Development

  • Developing gross motor skills, control of body in space, eye hand coordination, balance, endurance and awareness of self-space
  • Developing fine motor and graphomotor skills with attention to grip
  • Recognizing when to stop during rough and tumble play
  • Taking appropriate risks

Personal and Social Development

  • Demonstrating comfort in school and the ability to separate and make transitions
  • Building relationships with peers and adults
  • Building community through cooperation, socialization and empathy
  • Developing negotiating skills
  • Building independence, confidence, risk-taking, curiosity and facing challenges
  • Appreciating self and others
  • Identifying feelings of self and others
  • Learning to manage feelings, resolve conflicts, take turns, appreciate boundaries, take directions and share

Routines/Weekly Schedule

  • Developing listening and speaking skills
  • Promoting turn-taking
  • Lengthening attention span
  • Development of literacy and mathematics skills
Choice/Work Time
  • Introducing a new concept, skill or material
  • Utilizing imagination and creativity
  • Working independently or in a small group
  • Exploring the learning centers (eg blocks, dramatic play, manipulitives, art)
  • Encouraging conversation and the sharing of ideas
  • Introducing writing skills
 Outdoor Play
  • Developing social skills
  • Learning to share and take turns using outdoor equipment
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • Taking appropriate risks
  • Participating in group games
  • Strengthening listening skills
  • Exposing children to different genres of literature, authors and illistrators
  • Allowing children to make predictions
  • Encouraging discussions
  • Asking questions
  • Developing reading skills
  • Promoting cooperation and turn-taking
  • Developing mathematical skills of counting, measuring, estimating
  • Exploring scientific concepts such as predicting and observing changes
  • Developing language skills and vocabulary
  • Discussing nutrition
  • Exploring and sharing food from other cultures
  • Exploring the five senses
  • Being a risk-taker by trying something new
  • Singing, dancing, finger plays and movement games
  • Developing coordination, rhythm and different ways of moving
  • Utilizing basic instruments
  • Introducing Spanish songs and music
Physical Education
  • Developing a sense of spatial awareness
  • Encouraging cooperation and good listening skills
  • Developing responsible social behavior in a physically active setting
  • Introducing ball handling skills


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Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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