Our pre-kindergarten program focus is on providing instructional opportunities that support learning, social and emotional development within a structured curriculum
Fine Motor Skills
Activities like building a tower and tracing on lines, build coordination skills that help children in this age group develop their fine motor muscles. These activities help your child writing correct formation of letters and numbers, writing full name and demonstrate proper use of scissors, which later translate in greater written communication and daily living tasks that require greater precision.
Gross Motor Skills
Activities such as skipping with alternating feet, jump roping and throwing a ball to hit a target along with exploration of music with motion helps develop motor skills necessary for group sports and more advanced tasks of daily living requiring greater balance and strength.
As preschoolers become more independent a greater sense of self in relation to others develops, caring for their own needs independently becomes an integral part of cognitive, social and emotional growth. Through activities like filling water glasses or helping distribute classroom supplies, children learn to successfully managing greater responsibility and self-care.
Social Development Skills
Children at this age are more comfortable in group driven activities and are capable of working in small groups as well as collaborate on small projects together. Through pretend play, character development and sharing children grow in both verbal communication and self expression.
At this age, children are capable of following a series of instructions that require greater comprehension skills. Circle time periods involving back and forth participation and understanding of concepts stories and instruction help expand on cognitive learning skills.
Healthy reading skills are invaluable to learning at this stage in a child’s academic development. Activities like identifying months of the year and days of the week, beginning alphabet sounds, identification of upper/lower case letters, colors, directional/positional phrases and understanding the concept of “same” and different” ensure that reading goes beyond recognition of words to establish deeper comprehension of concepts.
The ability to count, identify and write numbers up to 100 as well as sorting objects using manipulatives becomes very relational to a child’s world at this stage in development. Recognizing geometric shapes and making the connection between written number words and introduction of addition and subtraction expands the scope of learning and understanding the relation to math and everyday tasks and concepts.
Music Skills & Concepts
Preschoolers have much to gain from early introduction into musical education. Exposure to harmonic sounds, rhythms and sequential patterns help brain development and cognition, which are building blocks to learning more advanced concepts.