Our Pre-K program is designed for students four years of age on or before September 1. This year before Kindergarten is an invaluable one. During this year, the child develops the skills they need to prepare for a more structured classroom environment.
Readiness – What Does It Mean?
Readiness is the decisive factor in placing a child in the Kindergarten classroom. To have a successful Kindergarten experience, a child should be ready in all skills: SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, PHYSICAL, COGNITIVE. Readiness skills include, but are not limited to:
Social and emotional maturity
Fine motor skills
Gross motor and coordination skills
The desire and interest to learn new concepts
The ability to listen to and follow directions
Completing a task within a given period
Willingness to participate, to ask questions
It is what the child has learned before entering Kindergarten and how the child learns that is the key to a successful Kindergarten experience. It is not only letter recognition, sounds, and basic math concepts that the Kindergarten teacher looks for in entering students. It is the skills and behaviors that enable the student to learn these concepts and to learn them without frustration.
Learning seems to come naturally and with ease when a child is interested, self-motivated, and eager to learn. We hope our program brings out the natural curiosity and love of learning that we know part of each child. The child going to Kindergarten should be ready in all skill areas to successfully handle the program’s demands.
Big Day for PreK by Scholastic www.scholastic.com/bigday
We took the following information from the Big Day Website.
Scholastic Big Day for PreK is a proven effective, comprehensive early learning program that embraces children’s natural curiosity and encourages them to explore and connect to the world around them.
Only in Big Day for PreK will you find five BIG elements of success:
- Big Experiences
- Meaningful Conversations
- The Best Children’s Literature and Non-fiction
- Innovative Technology
- Comprehensive Program
Big Day for PreK is organized into eight engaging and child-friendly themes. As the year progresses, the themes in this early-learning program broaden, and children begin to understand more about the world around them. The flexible content allows prekindergarten teachers to incorporate their favorite themes into the classroom. To read more about this program, please visit www.scholastic.com/bigday.
PRE-K DAILY SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE
Children journal daily with pictures and eventually words. The topic is usually something the child has done, is about to do, or an event they experienced or witnessed.
Our program offers exciting hands-on activities to teach counting, one-to-one correspondence, patterning, ordering, sorting, grouping, comparing, classifying, part/whole, measuring, shapes and space, and simple addition.
Opportunities are provided for the children to observe, predict, interact and formulate ideas and outcomes. Science activities are included in Circle Time discussions and center activities. The curriculum provides a balance among the broad disciplines of life science, physical science, earth science, and process skills.
By exploring family, school, and community, children learn how people live, work and get along with others. They also know how to solve problems collectively and how people shape and are shaped by their surroundings.
During the year, PreK teachers introduce the Star Student of the Week. Star Student is a fun way to get to know all of the class friends and spotlight each child for an entire week!
The Star Student will create a poster about themselves and their family displayed in the hallway all week long. A Star Student bag goes home with the selected student, containing a stuffed animal and a journal. The child is asked to draw a descriptive picture of what they did with the stuffed animal over the weekend. During the week, the student will bring in their favorite treat to share with the class, their favorite book to read or have a parent read to the class, and an estimation jar filled with the item of their choice. Star Student is an activity that is loved by everyone involved.
The birthday backpack goes home with the student on their birthday. Each student receives birthday stickers and a pencil. The backpack also contains markers and a journal for students to draw a picture and write about what they did on their birthday. Finally, the birthday child is asked to take a picture of themselves with the stuffed animal found inside the backpack.
To focus on the whole child, we offer an extra-curricular program that will broaden and enrich the child’s experience and the curriculum we provide. Motor Development is offered twice per week, and weekly Spanish and music classes. After lunch, we have a rotating specials schedule which includes drama, computer, and art. Each group will go to a different special each day or have an enrichment activity in their classroom.