Young 5’s

(Transitional Year Class)

M – F  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (ASP fees apply for students who stay after 4:00PM)

Children develop at different rates academically, emotionally, physically and socially. Recognizing this difference in readiness, we have developed the Young 5’s class for those children who would benefit from one more year before entering Kindergarten. This program offers additional learning experiences to help children grow socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.

Mt. Elizabeth Academy’s Young 5’s class allows this development to take place happily and unhurriedly. Children who participate in this program become more confident, more mature, and more focused. They often emerge as leaders among their peers in later grades. It gives them a leg-up in the school environment which often becomes very rigorous and competitive.

Our dedicated teachers give much attention to:

  • Alphabet and phonics
  • Basic math concepts
  • Comprehension of subject matter
  • Listening skills
  • Attention and focusing abilities
  • Confidence and self-control
  • Handwriting skills

These classes also receive:

  • Physical Education
  • Computers
  • Music
  • Art
  • Outdoor Play and Creative Movement
  • Chapel

A Young 5’s class greatly benefits those children who need another year to mature and have that extra skill building before entering the Kindergarten school setting. We see a lot of spring and summer birthdays in this class. Placing your child in this class does not does not mean anything negative! You are giving them the best gift ever—the gift of another year to mature, achieve, comprehend skills, become more confident, and become a leader.

A Typical Day for Young 5’s at Kennesaw’s Mt. Elizabeth Academy:

The First Hour:

The children are welcomed as they arrive and are given the opportunity to choose activities at the various learning centers. This self-directed play invites the children to explore, discover and learn independently with a wide variety of activities and materials. The learning centers include painting, playdough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, water or sand play, dress-up, dramatic areas, books, floor toys and more.

Breakfast Time:

Children wash their hands and join their friends for breakfast. The teachers serve a nutritious breakfast to all the children who choose to sign up for breakfast. Healthy food choices are given to the children such as fruit, vegetables, cereals (peanut free). The children enjoy milk and water. We do not serve juice.

Circle Time:

Following a clean-up routine, the children meet on the carpet for Circle Time. A variety of activities are included which reflect the monthly routines. The activities include stories, songs, puppetry, poems, movement, art, crafts discussions and many other ideas to facilitate learning. Circle time concentrates on 5 areas of development: Language, Literacy, Fine & Gross Motor, Sensory & Science, and Cognitive Learning.

Outdoor/Indoor Playtime:

If the weather allows, the children have an active, outdoor play session in our park-like playgrounds. In case of inclement weather, the teachers incorporate gross-motor play through movement activities in our gymnasium, such as dancing, marching, parachute play and more active games.

Lunch/Nap Time/Afternoon Snack:

Catered lunch is delivered to the classrooms. The teachers then serve the meal family style. During this time the teachers stay next to the children and both observe and encourage good eating habits. Once lunch is finished, the children have their own individual cot on which they rest. Clean cot sheets and blankets are provided. After the children have rested and wake up, each child is given a healthy snack to start their afternoon.

Outdoor/Indoor Play & Story Time:

After snack time, the children have gross motor play time. The teachers take time to read stories, do finger plays, puppets and have interactive sessions with the children. During this time, children also engage in indoor out outdoor play, depending on the weather.

Fine Arts:

The children enjoy Music, Art, Drama, PE & Yoga throughout the week.


In addition to this daily schedule, the teachers incorporate special activities like Bible Class, Chapel Class, Spanish, field trips to our nature trail, and Show and Tell. Parents are always invited to volunteer and participate in the classrooms as well as join us on field trips to our onsite nature trail. Our room has an interactive whiteboard and projector to support learning initiatives.

Mt. Elizabeth Benefits

We are a Christian, faith-based private school.
Specials included with tuition:

Faith based private school
  • STEAM Focus
  • Art
  • Music
  • Chapel & Bible Class
  • Holiday Celebrations
  • Sensory materials
  • Four dedicated developmentally-appropriate playgrounds
  • On-site nature trails allow ample opportunity for safe outdoor explorations
  • Indoor gymnasium lets kids exercise and play on every day of the year, regardless of the weather
  • An engaging and rewarding curriculum, designed by our on-site Academic Director
  • Mt. Elizabeth Academy’s leadership team has over 60 years of combined school leadership experience.