The prekindergarten community will be children from three years of age to six years. They will experience a variety of age-appropriate activities in several interesting areas. Children may choose activities from learning areas. The program offers balanced teacher/child directed activities. Within a nurturing environment, an experienced, qualified teacher fosters the letter recognition, letter sound recognition, and language development, gross and fine motor skills, social mixing, independence, and cognition.
They are inquisitive about the surroundings. They will be able to clearly express themselves and create more complex sentences. Research proves early literacy competency as an indicator of literacy and academic success in kindergarten and elementary school. The Pre-K program will be literacy-oriented activities. The program will focus on word recognition, word sounds, word spelling, storytelling, and anticipation of story developments, cursive writing and name recognition of peers. Learning centers are adjusted on a weekly basis to maintain and stimulate the children’s interest and curiosity. Daily schedules and consistency help build the trust that is blossoming in this stage of development.
Math/Cognitive Development: Advanced skills like sorting, stacking, matching and one-to-one correspondence are encouraged through games and materials. Critical thinking is motivated by asking interesting questions and engaging in analytical conversations. Counting and concept of addition will be introduced. A conceptual method will be used to teach numbers, and counting to children from 1 through 100. Analytical thinking, creativity and imaginative expression are encouraged.
Language Development: Pre-K children will be offered a pre-reading phonics program to assist language development. They will be introduced literature in displays, readings and conversations. Stories reading will be presented to build vocabulary. Letter, shapes, color and sound recognition will be introduced. Correct sentence structure will be offered to the children.
As they advance, children will be encouraged to learn new words and sounds as well as create more complex sentence structures and retell stories. Classroom interactions will be held where questions will be asked and detail answer will be supplied for students’ questions. Reading and cursive writing will be encouraged.
Motor Skill Development: Pre-K children will be motivated to do writing, drawing specific shapes, printing letters and painting, which develop the finer muscle of the hands to prepare them for refined tasks. Vigorous physical activities such as dancing, climbing, running, throwing, kicking and rolling balls help develop children’s strength, fitness and coordination. Self-help on eating lunch by self-serving food will be encouraged.
Social/Emotional Development: Children will be encouraged to learn a sense of accomplishment by completing tasks and feeling a sense of responsibility. They will take on some responsibility and cooperate with peers. Pre-K children will be nurtured in an environment where they recognize the rights of others and establish healthy, friendly relationships with classmates. At this age, they start developing individual identity. Independence, self-reliance and empathetic understanding of peers will be encouraged to prepare them for kindergarten school environment. Independence, self-reliance and empathetic understanding of peers will be encouraged to prepare them for kindergarten school environment. They will be encouraged to identify their feelings and to empathize with others. Exploration, discovery, self-expression and self-direction will be encouraged.
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