Pre-K / Transitional K
“Think about what you really want for your child and what kind a life you expect them to lead.”
Pre-K is a pivotal time for children. It marks the beginning of independence and prepares them for adult life. Our enriched Pre-K / TK programs help to further every phase of a child’s development, from the emotional to physical to intellectual. Our academic Pre-K/TK classroom is specifically designed to prepare preschoolers for Kindergarten/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 / TK Guidelines and well beyond them. We keep you informed of your child’s progress through assessment testing and parent conferences. These formal assessments are conducted at the beginning, middle, and end of the year.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Pre-K/TK children are more self controlled and self-sufficient, 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
- Making knots, tying shoes
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
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 (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
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
- – Rudimentary fractions
- – Drawing and combining basic shapes, for example inscribing squares inside circles
By 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
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