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Pre-K – Junior K (4+ – 5+)

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

Pre-K – K time is a pivotal time for children. It marks the beginning of independence and prepares them for adult life. Our enriched Pre-K – K programs help to further every phase of a child’s development, from the emotional to physical to intellectual. Our academic Pre-K/K classroom is specifically designed to prepare preschoolers for Elementary school and lifelong learning! The structure of the classroom consists of small groups and whole group learning activities in all areas covered in the California Pre-K – K Guidelines and well beyond them. We keep you informed of your child’s progress through assessment testing and parent conferences. These assessments are conducted at the beginning, middle, and end of the year.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Fine and Gross Motor SkillsBy this time children are more self controlled and self-sufficient,  and have 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
  • Gardening
  • Dancing/Gymnastics
  • Making knots, tying shoes

Language Development & Reading Comprehension

Language 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
  • – Learning poems to improve listening skills and auditory memory
  • – Learning new words and definitions
  • – Written language – tracing, writing, preparation to creative writing


Reading Our reading program is based on a strong foundation of phonics. Through 20 books with short vowels by the time they can move up to more advanced texts with longer vowels.

  • – Words with double vowels
  • – Diagraphs
  • – Blands
  • – Reading comprehension

Mathematics & Geometry

From the founding concepts of numbers, children 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
  • – Time
  • – Money
  • – Drawing and combining basic shapes, for example inscribing squares inside circles


Children are natural scientists, inventors, and explorers. We build on their interests to make learning meaningful and fun!

  • Astronomy
  • Geography
  • Natural Science
  • Self-directed investigations,
  • small group work, and
  • teacher-directed assignments and activities

Social Growth

  • Confidence-building opportunities to solve problems and make decisions
  • By graduation children have a fairly well-developed idea of proper and improper behavior. They become more sociable. 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