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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 9:35 am | Updated: 11:01 pm, Fri Apr 11, 2014.

Horizon Community Learning Center (HCLC) will be offering a full-time pre-kindergarten program through its Pre-Kindergarten at HCLC during the 2014-15 school year.

According the school’s website, Pre-Kindergarten at HCLC is designed for those students turning 4 years old by Aug. 31, who are eager to learn and build confidence in their academic skills in an individualize, caring and developmentally sensitive class.

Students enrolling in the full-day program will be given the opportunity to enhance individualize-academic curriculum through a small group, also known as team time, environment and additional “free exploration” time to pursue individual projects.

The Pre-Kindergarten at HCLC Program provides an integrated curriculum approach, so students understand how their classes will be conducted and prepare them for schooling in future years.

According to the school’s website, this process involves students solving real-life problems through cooperative, thematic, hands-on experiences that make learning come alive.

The goal is to maintain students’ joy and enthusiasm for learning so academic achievement and setting high standards become a lifestyle, along with leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, and character development.

Andrew Creighton-Harank has been teaching the program at Horizon since 2001 and said the full-time and part-time classes would overlap one another, with 12 children in the full-time classes paring up with both morning and afternoon part-time classes.

Both morning and afternoon classes will have 10 students.

“If you have the skill to manage and if you have the skill to design an environment and the skill to fund the experience, then what you are gaining with a higher class size is a broader array of personalities and skills,” Creighton-Harank said. “I’ve seen this over the years, they just help and model for each other all kinds of skills. It’s a much richer environment.”

Erin Masing had two of her children go through the program, and said they learned so much throughout the experience.

Masing said Creighton-Harank laid groundwork of prior knowledge for his students such as introducing world facts to his students while they’re learning their alphabets.

“The kids absorb what they can and it’s entertaining so everyone likes it, but then if you’re ready for it you can really absorb a lot of that information,” she said. “My first-grader all the time talks about what she learned from Mr. Harank, and she makes those real-world connections from things he taught her when she was 4. He’s like magic.”

Pre-Kindergarten at HCLC will be offered part time and full time throughout the 2014-15 school year, with part-time sessions offered from 8 to 11 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m.

Full-time sessions will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Horizon will also be offering Club Horizon to its Pre-Kindergarten students.

For more information, visit www.prekathclc.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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