Five-Year Preschool Class Goals

To instill in children a joy and excitement for learning by providing opportunities for development and expression of creativity through art, music, dance and language arts in a safe, loving environment.


Core Curriculum

  • Reinforcing the teachings of prior classes at Little Friends, both in terms of social and classroom behavior and academics, preparing students for Kindergarten
  • Identifying shapes and colors, including color words
  • Identifying letters and the sounds they make
  • Introducing sight words
  • Identifying rhyming and positional words, as well as opposites
  • Writing first and last names, as well as simple words
  • Counting and identifying numbers, as well as writing numbers up to 30
  • Identifying and creating patterns
  • Introducing measurement and graphs
  • Giving the student the opportunity to express themselves through various art media
  • Learning songs and allowing students to enjoy music and movement

Teacher – Diane Hanna 

Diane HannaDiane is a lifelong resident of Columbia.  She received her B.S. from Illinois College, majoring in Business Administration and Economics.  She attended SWIC for her early childhood education classes.  Diane started as a substitute at Little Friends before becoming a teacher in 2007.