The Pre-K program provides a curriculum that is both challenging and enriching. Our curriculum is child-centered and focuses upon age-appropriate learning activities. We provide a balance of play and learning, where children work individually, as well as in more structured, small and large group activities.
We understand that children come from different backgrounds and that one style of learning does not work for all. We provide a setting that allows children choices to explore all aspects of their cognitive ability and encourages them to develop their many talents and skills. We offer a variety of manipulatives, equipment for building, activities for creative play, and materials for pencil and paper tasks. We work on a variety of skills each day and throughout the year.
Here are the many skills we will be working on during the school year:
- small motor skills (cutting, pasting, printing...)
- large motor skills (throwing, catching, climbing...)
- social development (sharing, taking turns...)
- language development (through stories, fingerplays, songs...)
- color and shape recognition
- alphabet (recognition and printing)
- numbers (recognition, counting, 1-1 correspondence)
- listening and following directions
The Pre-K religion program is called “Stories of God's Love”. We also read stories to the children from The Beginners Bible For Children.
A nutritious snack is provided for each child. At the beginning of the year parents are asked to pay a $40.00 snack/classroom fee.
Here’s what a typical Pre-K day looks like:
12:00 - 12:55: Free Activity Time
Children are offered a variety of manipulatives, equipment for building, activities for creative play, and materials for paper and pencil tasks. During this time they will also work in small groups on a specific project and may work individually with the teacher on a learning task.
12:30 - 1:00: Music Class
On Wednesdays and Fridays, children have music class.
1:00 - 1:15: Storytime
Our stories are usually related to our topic of the day. After the story we discuss our whole group work lesson for the day.
1:15 - 1:45: Structured Learning Time
Children work on a lesson related to our topic of the day (e.g.: colors, shapes, letters...). When they are finished, they may choose to work on puzzles, stencils, manipulatives, computers, or look at books.
1:50 - 2:25
Snack and outdoor play time.
2:30 - 2:40: Circle Time
This is a time for fingerplay, singing songs, and reading stories. We also review what we worked on that day, and talk about what we will do the following day.