Age 4 years by September 1 – Preparation for Kindergarten Enrollment
Our Pre-Kindergarten program has been designed to help prepare children who are one year away from entering Kindergarten. The main focus of the Pre-Kindergarten program is to provide a positive, academic learning environment that promotes experimentation and exploration to build higher level thinking, language, math, social, and physical motor skills with fun and challenging activities. Our highly qualified, certified, and experienced teachers integrate learning into the classroom in language arts, early math, phonics and writing, social sciences, and focus in preparation for Kindergarten. Team and individualized techniques are used to cultivate a genuine appreciation and excitement about learning. Outdoor play is part of the daily routine to provide children the opportunity to expend some of their energies while developing muscular strength, coordination, and motor skills. It is our utmost goal to communicate with parents on a regular basis, so we provide a daily email to parents including meals and activities. A strong appreciation for nature is developed during fun, educational walks around campus, and visits with our farm animals. Weekly specials in the Pre-K program include Music and Movement, World Languages, Art, Science, Farm Education, and Physical Education.
Language—Recognition of letters A-Z in upper and lower case, matching and orally producing letters and sounds, rhyming, opposite, and position-oriented words, responds to discussions, asking questions for information, recognizes colors, prints first and last names, illustrates and explains, personal kid-writing topics, recognizing sight words, expanding vocabulary.
Mathematics—Counting and writing numbers 1-30, reading two-digit numbers, understanding number line, reads tally marks, identifying and composing 2D/3D shapes, identifies symmetrical shapes, sorting, matching objects and numbers, classifying, understanding types of measurement, addition and subtraction, extending and comparing patterns, making estimations, recognizing and interpreting graphs, telling time to hour, using money and their values, understanding temperature, problem solving.
Physical—Developing coordination and gross motor skills through running, jumping, skipping, galloping, hopping, and climbing, balance, alternating feet on stairs, building endurance, developing hand-eye coordination, understanding proper use of our bodies, control of fingers and wrists, pincer grip.
Mental—Learns by experimental learning and trial and error, understanding cause and effect, finding alternate solutions, sequencing, predicting, develops short and long term memory, attention span is lengthening, role playing and pretend play, recalls story details, recalls full name, age, phone number, and address.
Social—Works well independently and with others, participation in activities, understands simple commands, follows multiple-step directions, follows rules and routine, transitions well from one activity to another, completing tasks in a timely manner, manners, understanding community roles, character development.
Emotional—Accepting guidance, seeking help, resolving conflict, developing self-control, managing personal stress appropriately.
Self-Reliance—Maintaining personal belongings, washing hands, dressing/undressing, cleaning up.