Our PreK program is designed to meet the needs of four and five year old children. This class will work in small groups, and at times one-on one to develop appropriate foundation reading, math, science, social studies language and handwriting skills. These Pre K students will have the opportunity to move ahead based upon their motivation, maturity and readiness level.

We will help the children:

  • to feel comfortable and nurtured in their environment
  • develop independence and self-confidence
  • learn to follow directions
  • cooperate in group living (getting along with peers)

 

Advance skills in the following areas:

  • reading readiness, presented through an integrated curriculum
  • concrete and abstract math concepts and operations
  • language arts (auditory and visual perception, oral expression, vocabulary development, reading readiness and beginning reading preparation
  • science
  • social Studies
  • expressive language
  • motor development
  • handwriting
  • music and fine arts
  • math

 

The Art Program

We encourage the development of the creative arts as a means of expression along with language.

We encourage the children to explore a variety of art media and to enjoy the possibilities of the various skills and techniques to develop their creativity.  The children will participate in teacher/pupil discussion, observing, and drawing conclusions.

 

The Science Program

Many of the science areas we explore are integrated with our reading and math programs, so that nothing is taught in isolation, rather in conjunction with another area of the curriculum. For each letter that is introduced, we include several brief science topics that begin with a particular letter. For example, the letter “Ad’ may include the study of absorption, air, astronauts, animals, etc.

Units of Study:

  • senses
  • habitats
  • hibernation,
  • rocks
  • planting/growing
  • weather
  • seasons

 

The Math Program

We believe that:

  • instruction that includes a balance among conceptual and understanding, connections to prior knowledge, skill proficiency, and problem solving experiences best develops children’s moth literacy
  • instruction that includes hands-on activities to develop concepts helps children engage in meaningful practice
  • children learn best when they understand what they are learning and why they are learning it
  • reasoning about math, rather than memorizing rules helps children make sense of math
  • practice is a necessary component of learning skills

We will encourage the children to develop a basic understanding of the following areas:

  • sorting and classifying
  • patterns and movement
  • graphing
  • matching and counting
  • numbers recognition 0 – 20

 

Writing:

the children will participate in pre-writing exercises and formal writing activities

Children Dictate:

  • experience stories
  • labels, captions, etc
  • titles for pictures
  • stories to accompany a picture
  • recording of observations

 

Reading Readiness:

  • letter identification (upper and lowercase)
  • sound-symbol association
  • development of a beginning sight word vocabulary
  • counting words in a sentence
  • counting syllables
  • beginning to understand punctuation
  • sentence structure
  • rhyming
  • beginning and ending sounds
  • introduce word families
  • literature