Programs

"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Preschool

English Language Arts:

  • Interact with other children and adults in large and small groups through informal activities and everyday routines

  • Help to formulate rules for group interactions

  • Respond to social cues appropriately (signaled by eye contact, tone, pitch, volume, body language)

  • Engage in meaningful conversations and discussions with peers and adults, one on one, or in small groups.

  • Share ideas and experiences.

  • Listen to stories and poems that use formal and informal language

  • Freely play with language (e.g., making up nonsense words that rhyme)

  • Explore letters through sensory experiences (e.g. learn letter sounds via facial and physical cues, trace letters in chocolate syrup, alphabet stamps, alphabet beads, magnets, alphabet books etc.)

  • Learn to identify own name and names of friends, visually and verbally.

Mathematics

  • Play games and listen to stories that contain numbers and counting sequences; learn numbers 1-10.

  • Count concrete objects for a meaningful purpose

  • Begin to sort and classify objects.

  • Investigate and identify materials of various shapes, using appropriate language.

  • Explore and identify space, direction, movement, relative position, and size using body movement and concrete objects. (E.g. move their bodies in space by following verbal instructions through an obstacle course: up, down, high, low, above, in front of, behind etc.)

  • Use comparative words to describe the relationships of objects to one another (e.g. build structures with blocks and compare their length or height; measure sand, water, or rice using a variety of containers and compare amounts)

Science

  • Conduct simple experiments (e.g. sink/float, water color experiments etc)

  • Compare and contrast natural materials such as water, rocks, soil, and living organisms using descriptive language.

  • Explore air (balloons, blow bubbles, move objects with breath, construct kites, make blow paintings, etc)

  • Observe and graph daily weather.

  • Explore sunlight and shadows.

  • Observe and describe plants, insects, and animals as they go through predictable life cycles.

  • Use senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste to explore environment using sensory vocabulary) (e.g.Mystery bag, oobleck, finger-paint, shaving cream, smelling jars, listening walks, etc.)

Social Science

  • Establish daily routines, begin to create meaningful experiences using age appropriate words to establish time (this morning, tonight, tomorrow, days of the week, months of the year)

  • Establish principals of fairness, personal responsibility, safety, and kindness.

  • Assign daily classroom responsibilities.

  • Observe some US national holidays (Thanksgiving, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc)

  • Observe the American Flag, and learn the song God Bless America

Health Education

  • Build body awareness, strength, and coordination through locomotion activities

  • Build awareness of directionality and position in space

  • Alternate the left and right sides of the body and cross the midline of the body (via brain gym and yoga)

  • Build upper body strength and stability to gain controlled movement of shoulders

   -  Encourage tri-finger pencil grasp; strengthen hands (using hole punches, play dough, water-play syringes, small manipulative     toys, tweezers, peg boards)

  • Daily nutrition discussions; talks about healthy food and drink choices and their effects on our bodies.

  • Learn to wash hands properly.

  • Discuss gender and growth in age appropriate ways.

  • Begin to recognize the describe emotions such as happiness, surprise, anger, fear, sadness.

Arts

  • Movement and dance

  • Singing and playing instruments

  • Puppet play

  • Age-appropriate materials to create two and three dimensional artwork.

  • Explore and experiment with wet and dry media

Pre-Kindergarten

On top of the preschool curriculum, pre-kindergarten students also. . . . .

English Language Arts:

  • Complete open-ended questions about their ideas and describe them to others.

  • Ask questions for further understanding

  • Play guessing games

  • Create and re-read class-made books

  • Learn to write own name using the Handwriting Without Tears Program.

  • Find pictures or think of words that begin with a specific initial sound.

  • Link letters with sounds in play activities.

  • identify their own names, friends names and simple sight words!

  • Add details or make changes to published or class made stories.

Mathematics

  • Connect many kinds/quantities of concrete objects and actions to numbers.

  • Use positional language and ordinal numbers (first, second, third) in everyday activities.

  • Use concrete objects (e.g. fingers J) to solve simple addition and subtraction problems using comparative language (more than, fewer than, same number of). 

  • Factor smaller numbers from larger, finding the "difference".

  • Sort and classify objects by more than one attribute

  • Recognize and reproduce patterns.

  • Use simple balance scales to compare weight; rulers to compare lengths.

  • organizing and counting by 5's

Science

  • Record observations of experiments.

  • Make predictions about changes in materials or objects based on past experience.

  • Observe and describe how natural habitats provide for the basic needs of plants and animals with respect to shelter, food, water, air, and light.

Social Science

  • Model appropriate behavior for younger peers

  • Help younger “buddy” master simple tasks: preparing for circle meeting time. putting on coat, packing up lunchbox. etc)

Health Education

  • Continued education on the importance of healthy food choices, exercise, oral health, and good sleep habits.

  • Discuss ways to solve or prevent problems; and about how people can be helpful/hurtful to one another.

  • Practice independence and self-help skills (hand washing, managing food containers, pouring liquids into cups for the class, buttons, snaps, zippers, laces)

  • Discuss strategies to prevent injury and illness, control the spread of disease and promote cleanliness.

Arts

  • Explore patterns and symmetry in the environment and artwork.

  • Create artwork from memory or imagination.

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