The Pre-Kindergarten program is a continuation and expansion of the concepts introduced in the preschool program. Teachers seek to create a comfort with the learning process by exposing the children to concepts they will encounter in kindergarten. Teachers use small and large groups, individual opportunities, games, music, and teamwork to introduce new ideas.
The program is geared to the interest of the children in our care and is presented in a manner which encourages a child’s attention. The children are offered the opportunity to explore each of the following areas on a daily basis:
- Language and Writing: Teachers and children read and write stories, poems, songs, and journals. Children learn to write their own names, addresses, short words, numbers, and recipes. These activities are offered daily in a formal setting and as free choice.
- Math: Each day includes at least one formal math activity with additional math concepts offered within the context of other daily situations. Children learn to recognize numbers and verbalize sequences. They learn to recognize shapes, graph comparisons, measure and weigh, and explore money concepts.
- Science: The children are asked daily to explore the world around them and to ask questions about it. The children enjoy dissecting plants and vegetables, examining leaves, clouds and animal habits, and discussing the human body and outer space.
- Art: Teachers provide children with various art media to explore personal thoughts and creativity. A formal project based upon the weekly theme is offered daily as well as opportunities to choose art expression for activities.
- Fine Motor: Teachers utilize blocks, puzzles, games, manipulatives, and scissors to assure that fine motor development is supportive of academic development.
- Social Concepts: The development of social skills is crucial to success in the world. Teachers encourage self-help skills such as finding their own belongings, dressing themselves, and cleaning up after themselves. Children are encouraged to be sympathetic to the feelings of peers and to express their own feelings and opinions. Children are taught to praise efforts and cheer success.