How are we preparing our PRESCHOOL students for Kindergarten?

Through Literacy:

We teach preschool students the alphabet by introducing two letters each week in the fall semester and repeating this in the spring semester. This leaves about 10 weeks for review throughout the year. Each letter is introduced with the upper and lower-case letter and the basic sound. The children learn it by seeing it, saying it, and learning a motion that helps them to remember each sound (ZooPhonics). Each learning center in the classroom incorporates opportunities for writing and drawing.

By the end of pre-kindergarten, students will:

  • Recognize all the letters

  • Begin to know all the basic letter sounds

  • Be able to write their own name

  • Increase in understanding and comprehension while listening to a story

  • Be able to draw a picture about a story

  • Listen and recite poems, chants, and songs of increasing length and difficulty

  • Identify rhymes and rhyming sounds and come up with their own rhyming words.

  • Tell what letter and sound is at the beginning of a word

  • Start sounding out basic CVC words

  • Demonstrate an interest in starting to read books

  • Be able to write all the letters

Through Math:

Our preschool math curriculum is integrated into our environment and daily activities. We focus on learning math and number concepts through play by offering quality materials to engage with both in centers and throughout the day. We use manipulatives, games, and children’s natural curiosity of numbers and counting to accomplish the following:

  • Participate in activities that relate to number sequencing and counting

  • Use a range of strategies, such as counting, subitizing, or matching to compare quantity in two sets of objects and describe the comparison with terms, such as more, less, greater than, fewer, or equal to

  • Rote counts to 30

  • Demonstrate 1:1 correspondence

  • Recognize patterns

  • Create a simple AB pattern, and an ABC pattern

  • Recognize and name common shapes and their attributes

  • Assemble puzzles of increasing complexity

  • Understand and compare objects by size, capacity, and area

  • Recognize numbers 1-20

  • Write numbers 1-10

Through Science:

By the end of pre-kindergarten, students will be able to:

  • Use sense and tools to observe and collect information and use it to ask questions, predict, explain, and draw conclusions

  • Observe, describe, and discuss living things and natural processes

  • Observe, describe, and discuss properties of materials and transformation of substances

  • Recognize and investigate cause-and-effect relationships in everyday experiences – pushing, pulling, kicking, rolling, or blowing objects

Through Fine Motor Skills:

By the end of pre-kindergarten, students will:

  • Demonstrate correct pencil grip

  • Manipulate writing, drawing and art tools

  • Manipulate blocks or books

  • Continue developing eye-hand coordination to use everyday tools

  • Continue developing hand strength and dexterity

Through Gross Motor Skills:

By the end of pre-kindergarten, students will:

  • Continue developing motor control and balance for a range of physical activities, such as walking, propelling a wheelchair, skipping, running, climbing, and hopping

  • Continue developing motor coordination and skill in using objects for a range of physical activities, such as pulling, throwing, catching, kicking, bouncing or hitting balls

  • Understand movement concepts, such as control of the body, how the body moves (such as an awareness of space and directionality), and that the body can move independently or in coordination with other objects

Social and Emotional Development:

By the end of pre-kindergarten, students will:

  • Give personal information such as name, age, birthday, parents names, etc.

  • Be responsible for behavior and actions

  • Demonstrate an understanding and increasing ability to follow class rules

  • Follow three-step directions

  • Solve conflict with peers using their words

  • Show an awareness and respect for the feelings of others

  • Participate in large and small group activities

  • Share equipment and materials

  • Cooperate with others in groups

  • Demonstrate respect for teachers

  • Clean up after themselves

  • Work independently and with groups

  • Take turns easily

  • Understand and answer simple questions

  • Express their feelings

  • Seek help when having trouble

Via Bible:

All Bible stories and lessons will point to three major themes:

  1. God loves me

  2. I love God

  3. God wants me to care for others

Through our Bible curriculum we:

  • Introduce the children to the overarching Biblical story and its characters

  • Help them to understand that we are sinners and need God

  • Teach about character qualities such as kindness, thankfulness, honesty, compassion, generosity, patience and forgiveness