The aim of our pre-kindergarten program is to provide our children with age-appropriate activities and materials that foster their interests and curiosity to achieve their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Children will learn to master fundamental skills through various hands-on activities. Our children will be well prepared to many years of challenges ahead.
In language development, children are encouraged to listen, speak, read, write, role play, and drama acting to express their ideas and feelings. Children learn to share and respect each other to work as a team on classroom projects. They are actively involved in pre-reading activities, independent writing and computer literacy programs. An appreciation of literature will be developed through the use of fiction and non-fiction stories including poetry, nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
In the area of math, children will develop a sense of spatial relations and shape recognition. They will be encouraged to solve problems through the use of patterning blocks and attribute shapes. Children will be introduced to the concepts of estimating, measuring, and telling time, addition and subtraction. They will also have the opportunity to represent information through bar graphs and picto-graphs.
In social studies children will develop a better understanding of themselves, families, and their community. We will discover our five senses, five major food groups and a balanced diet, personal hygiene and change in seasons. We will do a unit on the post office to learn all about mail and the mailing process. The children will learn about life cycle (the role of living things, plant growth and development and the life cycle of a butterfly). They will look at many different cultures to develop an appreciation for multiculturalism.
Creativity will be enhanced through art and music. Our objective is to encourage the child to concentrate on the process rather than the product, while experimenting with many different mediums. Our music and movement activities including early ballet exercises will help cultivate an appreciation for music, develop listening skills, improve coordination of rhythm and provide for self-expression.
In visual arts, children use a variety of tools and materials to paint, draw, sculpt, mold, weave, and build various projects. Children learn to develop the ability to use elements and principles of visual arts language such as color, line, shape, texture, balance, repetition, contrast, and unity.
With above goals in mind, our teacher carefully develops lesson plans around the concepts and skills listed. The classroom will be set up accordingly with various hands-on activities for the children to explore. Three formal assessments on your child's progress will be sent home and parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled twice a year. We welcome parents' involvement and suggestions to improve our program to achieve our goal of excellence in early childhood education.