Pre-Kindergarten

3-4 Year Olds

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Welcome to Miss Carol and Miss Nancy’s Pre Kindergarten class!  We start our day with a lively circle of song and movement which incorporates literacy and math skills. Afterwards we move into our choice time where you will find children busy with art projects, building structures, doing puzzles, engaging in dress up and play acting. There are also daily table opportunities which offer math and pre-writing games and activities.  As teachers, we use this time to support individual learning and encourage group interactions.  We emphasize creating for students the time, space, and opportunity to interact through play which supports their social and emotional development.

Though we offer the safety of a predictable routine, our activities within that framework vary each week with new experiences for our early explorers.  As well as a plethora of indoor activities, we engage in outdoor play, garden activities, nature walks, sensory experiences, and treasure hunts.  The children learn by engaging and exploring new materials and experiences.  We value each child and their unique qualities and are passionate about providing an environment which fosters and encourages a love of learning in each individual.

As teachers, we use this time to support individual learning and encourage group interactions.

Language Arts

 

Stories and Play Acting– As well as reading several stories during the week, we often have a focus on a particular ‘story of the week’.  Dramatic play acting, literacy, and math concepts are interwoven into activities connected to the story.  Daily art activities are planned to develop imagination, creativity and fine motor skills, as well as being fun and engaging.

 

Handwriting Without Tears– Uses age appropriate practice in writing capital letters and numbers.  Also teaches the children to draw themselves using basic shapes.

 

Math

 

Pre K math is often integrated into our thematic activities and pretend play. The children are most often delighted to practice their counting skills as we line up objects in play or they name basic shapes we’re using for art projects.  Examples of math lessons are treasure hunts, shape searches, number songs, graphing our taste tests, number books with stickers, number dice games, measuring ourselves, and matching the people in our family pictures to written numbers.  When there is joy and engagement in the activity, learning occurs naturally and almost invisibly.

The basic skills addressed in this playful way are:

 

Counting to 20

One to one correspondence in counting to 10

Sorting by color, size, and shape

Graphing and comparing more, less, and the same as

Pattern making

Recognizing written numbers to 10

Writing numbers to 10

 

Social Emotional Learning

 

The Incredible Flexible You, Social Thinking curriculum – The children learn to share and talk to each other in kind and respectful ways.   They also learn valuable lessons in socialization, language development,  creative thinking, problem solving, self-regulation and cooperation.

 

Non-Violent Communication – With NVC, we learn to hear our own needs and those of others.  Further, it provides the children with specific language and practice in their social interactions and collaborations.

 

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