The Red Rooster year, ages 3½ - 4½, is our true preschool year where we focus on independence, extend language/social interaction skills started during Yellow Duck year, and introduce pre-academic skills. There is a strong focus on language development through oral interactions, phonemic awareness and comprehension. The Red Roosters play an active role in building their curriculum along with their teachers. The children are encouraged to be more independent during peer conflict resolution, problem solving, and taking-on responsibilities within their group. The independence they build through their Red Rooster year, will be fundamental for the challenges their Blue Bird year requires.