Our Pre-K program provides your child the proper Kindergarten readiness skills. While your child is in our care we will provide the following:
Early Literacy Skills
From the moment a child is born, language and literacy provide an essential foundation for a child’s success in school. We all know that literacy encompasses the skills required to read, write, and process information. This skill in turn strengthens their communication skills allowing the child to interact with the world around them. We will provide a language and print rich environment exposing your child to reading and writing before they are able to do it on their own. Reading, talking, playing, and singing are ways we help your child grow.
Phonemic Awareness- Picking up on sounds, syllables, and rhymes in the words through exposure and repetition
Awareness of Print- Understanding that written language has a direct relationship with spoken language
Vocabulary – Knowing the names of things is important when learning to read, most children enter school with a 3,000-5,000 word vocabulary
Narrative Skills- Comprehending and telling a story as well as describing things
Early Math Skills
Before starting Kindergarten, most children are naturally being exposed to math concepts through everyday interactions. This is because math is everywhere! Our program provides hands on math experiences using a variety of hands on exercises from counting silverware, cooking, telling time, doing projects, and playing games. This foundation is an essential concept for the foundation for later learning.
Shapes: Understanding size, shape, and patterns
Number Recognition and Basic Counting: verbally (first forward, then backward) How much?: Counting objects and identifying more and less of a quantity
Same-Different: Understanding one-to-one correspondence (i.e., matching sets, or knowing which group has four and which has five)
From the moment a child is born they are curious and ready to explore the world to learn how things work. This is the essence of STEAM learning. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
S is for Science– Children are naturally scientists. They try to figure out how the world works by engaging their five senses in the scientific method. The scientific method includes observing, forming questions, making predictions, designing and carrying out experiments, and discussing the results of the experiments.
T is for Technology– Cell phones, computers, and tablets are the first things that we think of when we hear technology. but the “T” for technology in STEAM also stands for any type of man-made tool or object. Simple tools like ramps, pulleys, wheels, axles, levers, and scissors are also technologies.
E is for Engineering– Children use the design process to deepen understanding of concepts using critical thinking skills to solve problems or make things better. Students brainstorm and create solutions to problems such as using consumables to create an umbrella that will protect a stuffed bear from the rain.
A is for Arts- Art in all forms whether it is created through humanities, language arts, dance, drama, music, visual arts, design and new media is integral to developing students’ higher learning skills. When children engage in painting, music, drawing, and playing pretend they are strengthening their mental dexterity, increasing motor skills, enhancing visual learning, and boosting higher decision-making skills. All of these are skills that can be applied to any subject!
M is for Math- Math is a tool children use everyday! Math is number and operations, measurement, patterns, geometry and spatial sense. Everyday mathematics for preschoolers may include knowledge of “more” and “less,” shapes, sizes, sequencing, volume, and distance.
STEAM breaks down curriculum dimensions and provides opportunities for rich cross curricular learning. For instance, a simple STEAM activity of building a block tower provides opportunities for observation, questioning, prediction, exploring, and discussion the Scientific Method.
Observation- “This tower is tall, but I want to make it taller!”
Questioning- “How high can I make this tower if I arrange the blocks differently?”
Prediction- “If I put the big blocks at the bottom and the smaller square blocks at the top maybe I can build it higher.”
Exploring- “I will build a bunch of towers to see if my prediction is true.”
Discussion- “What worked and what did not work when you tried out building tall towers?” Social Emotional Skills
Social and emotional development is a child’s ability to have empathy and understand others, control his or her own feelings and behaviors, get along with other children, and build secure relationships with adults. In a nutshell, it involves the way one feels about themselves and others and the world.