4K Program

4K Program

Welcome to the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District's 4K Program! The District offers half day 4K at five locations: Deerfield Elementary, Forest Ridge Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Salvation Army, and Shepard Hills Elementary. Thank you for starting your child’s educational journey with us!

4K Calendar

4K Curriculum & Instruction


Best Practices in Teaching & Learning

The teaching and learning focus of 4K in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District includes:

  • Providing active learning opportunities through play-based and explicit teaching and learning experiences.

  • Utilizing robust learning centers and hands-on opportunities to explore real-world objects, engage in dramatic play, and build foundational social and academic skills.

  • Ensuring a print-rich environment with opportunities for children to read, listen to, and respond to books.  Students will explore concepts of print including letter names and letter sounds. Students will recite poems, sing songs, and notice print in their environment.

  • Celebrating the start of lifelong learning, growth, and success for each child, based on individual learning needs and characteristics.

  • Connecting deeply with parents and families through valuable and relevant outreach opportunities.


4K Curriculum

4K children work towards securing and mastering the following skills by the end of the year:

Social & Emotional Development


  • Engages and interacts appropriately in play with peers (takes turns, shares, and accepts change made by peers with ease).

  • Maintains personal space.

  • Displays age-appropriate self-control.

  • Uses peaceful strategies to solve a conflict.

  • Manages classroom rules, routines and transitions with occasional reminders.

  • Recognizes the feelings of others in situations and responds appropriately.

  • Exhibits confidence when approaching experiences and activities.

  • Takes responsibility for the classroom space, classroom materials, and personal belongings.

Listening & Understanding


  • Persists with self-initiated activities

  • Engages in sustained imaginative play and inventive thinking

  • Explores various creative self-expression:  music, art, movement

Health & Physical Development


  • Demonstrates basic self-care

  • Controls marker, crayon, and/or pencil with an efficient grasp

  • Cuts lines and curves with scissors using proper grasp

  • Manipulates a variety of materials and objects ( ex. Stacks and builds, strings beads, sets puzzles, imitates hand actions)

  • Moves safely with purpose and coordination

  • Recognizes uppercase and lowercase letters

Language Development & Communication


  • Makes letter-sound connections

  • Recognizes rhyme

  • Recognize words that begin with the same sound

  • Print Concepts: Demonstrates and understands of how print and books work

  • Comprehension:  Retells a familiar story in sequence

  • Writes first name

  • Draws pictures and/or writes scribbles, letter-like forms, or letters to represent words and ideas.

  • Uses language to express wants, needs, ideas, and feelings in complete sentences.

  • Listens to and completes actions based on single and multi-step directions

Mathematic Skills


  • Asks questions, seeks information and investigates ideas to satisfy curiosity.

  • Sorts and/or describes objects by size, shape, color, or use.

  • Identifies common shapes:  circle, square, rectangle, triangle, heart, and star.

  • Responds to positional words to indicate space and location: in, on, under, up down, beside, etc.

  • Recognizes, extends, and creates simple patterns.

  • Consistently counts aloud to 20 or more.

  • Counts a set of 10 or more objects.

  • Recognizes and names numerals 0-10.