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Pre-K / Transitional K/ K

“Think about what you really want for your child and what kind a life you expect them to lead.”

Kindergarten is a pivotal time for children. It marks the beginning of independence and prepares them for adult life. By Kindergarten age our children typically know how to read, understand the concepts of numbers, add and subtract, and  express their thoughts and desires. Our enriched Pre-K and Transitional K programs helps to further every phase your child’s development, from the emotional to physical to intellectual.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Fine and Gross Motor SkillsChildren become more self controlled and self-sufficient. The have greater strength than preschoolers and more developed fine motor skills.

Our activities help them make the most of their newly-discovered abilities:

  • Brain and eye coordination through writing and pencil drawing
  • Pastel painting to also engage artistic skills
  • Dancing/Gymnastics
  • Yoga
  • Making knots, tying shoes

 

Language Development

Language DevelopmentLanguage continues to expand and creatively blossoms. Language involves both receiving and transmitting, meaning that children must simultaneously learn to listen, read, understand, remember, record, and pass on what they are told or read.

  • - Oral language – various language experiences from explaining differences in pictures and sequencing, describing objects in their hand to acting out dramatic plays
  • - Storytelling art projects – short story composition and self-illustrations
  • - 20 poems a semester to improve listening skills and auditory memory
  • - Learning new words and definitions
  • - Written language – preparation to creative writing

 

Reading

Reading Our reading program is based on a strong foundation of phonics. Through 30 books with short vowels by the time they can move up to more advanced texts with longer vowels.

  • - Words with double vowels
  • - Diagraphs (sounds from sh, th, ch letter combinations)
  • - Blands (two consonant combinations, as in words like “flag”
  • - Reading comprehension (remembering order of action so they can answer the “where,” “who,” and “what” questions)

 

 

Mathematics & Geometry

Mathematics & Geometry From the founding concepts of numbers, kindergarteners are ready to employ their critical thinking abilities to add, subtract and solve number puzzles.

  • - Counting using physical objects
  • - Comparing the order of numbers and understanding greater than / less than relationships
  • - Addition and subtraction of numbers
  • - Rudimentary fractions
  • - Drawing and combining basic shapes, for example inscribing squares inside circles

 

 

Social Growth

Social GrowthBy graduation children have a fairly well-developed idea of proper and improper behavior. They become more sociable. In this critical stage, as they begin to spend more time in groups and less with family, they should be guided on the appropriate ways of getting along with others. Our techniques include:

  • - Talks about politeness and good manners
  • - Teaching love and compassion towards others
  • - Explaining acceptable behavior towards their peers younger children
  • - Fostering leadership skills in groups
"Children are the best hope for the future."
- John F. Kennedy
West Hollywood Children's Academy