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Trinity Lane Expanding their 4s Program, why you should consider an afternoon class.

posted Feb 5, 2017, 3:22 PM by Dawn Dupont
Registration will be under way for the 2017-2018 school year on Feb. 6th.  One change will be the addition of a 4s class in the afternoons.  This class will run from 12:40-3:30pm Monday-Friday and be offered FREE to families.  You can not sign up for both the AM and PM 4s classes.  Afternoon preschool classes are more difficult to fill but there are some advantages to choosing an afternoon class.  After speaking with multiple schools, one thing they all spoke about was how their afternoon classes were calmer, more focused learning classrooms.  Reasons why this might be the case:

Children have not been rushed out the door to get to school.
Children have had a full nights sleep.
Children have had a full and healthy breakfast and lunch.
Children have had a chance to run and play.
Quieter environment- less students in the afternoon

Here are some things to consider if you are debating on morning vs. afternoon classes OR we've told you only afternoon spots are left:

Is your child an early riser waking up between 6-7am (good candidate for am preschool) or do they like to sleep until 8am or later?
Does your child take time to warm up in the mornings or do they seem to enjoy hanging out in their jammies for a bit?
Do you have a baby at home that makes it more difficult to get out the door quickly in the mornings?
Do you enjoy doing other preschool age community activities that are usually held in the mornings during the week?Playgroups, story time at library, music class, gymnastics, toddler time at AirFX, Art or movement classes thru CR Recreation, etc.
Does your child have sensory issues?
Does your child have difficulty warming up to new situations or other children?
Is your child no longer napping or taking naps less than 7 days a week?  
What times work best for your work schedule and daycare?
How far away is the first day of school?  Nap schedules can change over 6-7 months.
The afternoon class will mostly likely have a few less students which means more one on one time with staff.  This provides opportunities for extra support in learning for a student struggling and opportunities to challenge the advanced student.  

Naps and who afternoon classes are best for:  
Children who are not in need of a nap every day and may only need to nap a few times a week. (If your child is napping less than 7 days, an afternoon class will keep your child stimulated at school. Your child can then return home for an earlier dinner, bath and bedtime making for a much smoother evening routine (for all of you). This also facilitates a smooth weaning from afternoon napping.  

If you'd like to feel the difference in preschool when there's only one class present, visit on a Friday morning.  You'll be amazed at how calm and quiet it feels!