Pre-Kindergarten (K4)

Pre-Kindergarten (also known as K4) is our four-year old kindergarten program. Kindergartners have fun while learning the basics—reading, writing, and numbers—and so much more!

Your four-year-old child can learn to read and write independently! Beginning with letter sounds, students progress to reading words, sentences, and stories in their own reading books. They take home each book they finish to enjoy it over and over. Each day their vocabulary and language skills are enhanced while they learn about animals, famous people, and faraway countries. Learning to recognize and understand number concepts are also part of our K4 academic program. Students learn to count from 1 to 100, distinguish before- and after-numbers, and solve simple combinations. Daily games and activities are integrated within each subject so that 8:15 am – 3 pm is an exciting time in each child’s life.

Children turning age four on or before December 2nd are eligible to apply for enrollment in our four-year old Pre-kindergarten (K-4) program. Canterbury may conduct personal interviews with applicants and their families before offering an enrollment opportunity to those who qualify and for whom we have availability.

Purposeful integration of sensory activity strengthens fine motor coordination, eye-hand coordination, and audial and visual perception. Poetry, drama, art, and music are included on a daily basis. Multiple playground facilities provide ample opportunity for kindergartners to run and play.

Bible time is a favorite for many students as they listen to Bible stories, sing songs of praise, and learn God’s Word—all of which emphasize God’s great love for each child.

Language Arts

Phonics and Reading

  • Recognition of name, sound, and picture of long and short vowels and consonants
  • Sounding of blends and one and two-vowel words
  • Reading of sentences and stories with one- and two-vowel words

Cursive Writing

  • Formation of letters, blends, and words
  • Writing of first name


  • Twenty-six poems and finger plays committed to memory


  • Language development and listening skills that include color, words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners, and science

Bible and Christian Living


  • Lessons such as Creation, Noah, Boy Samuel, Daniel, Boyhood of Jesus, Zacchaeus, Good Samaritan (includes memory verses and hymns /choruses)

Math & Numbers


  • Number recognition and counting 1–100
  • Number concepts 1–20
  • Numbers before and after 1–20
  • Numbers largest and smallest 1–20

Addition & Subtraction Facts

Music, Arts & Crafts

Traditional, Patriotic, and Fun songs

Development of motor skills in drawing, coloring, cutting, and gluing