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Early Childhood

PK3, PK4, Kindergarten (ages 3-6)

The Preschool – Kindergarten Program is a nurturing and stimulating environment for children ages 3 – 6 that promotes developmentally appropriate opportunities for learning and personal growth. Order, coordination, concentration, and independence form the cornerstone goals of this program. Children thrive in an environment that provides the modeling behavior of older children, space for movement, and hands-on learning materials.

Social Development

Grace and courtesy lessons are very important at this stage in a child’s development, as they are learning to function in a social environment.

  • Respecting rights and property of others
  • Social grace and manners
  • Resolving conflict appropriately
  • Expressing feelings verbally
  • Communicating freely with peers
  • Relating well with peers and adults
  • Initiating interaction with peers

Emotional Growth

These years nurture the growth of children’s independence, self-esteem, and self-discipline while introducing children to the basics of academics.

  • Accepting new situations
  • Exhibiting self control
  • Cooperation
  • Welcoming changes
  • Handling stressful situations
  • Inner maturation
  • Independence & self-direction
  • Positive attitude encouraged
  • Developing positive self image, self confidence

Work Habits

  • Initiating own work
  • Respecting materials Expressing joy in discovery
  • Welcoming new challenges
  • Observing carefully Exhibiting good concentration
  • Improving memory retention
  • Increasing attention span Persisting at a task
  • Developing decision making skills
  • Choosing challenging work Completing work cycle
  • Learning to work without disturbing others

Practical Life

Children learn real-work skills including care of the environment such as watering plants, care of self such as learning to tie shoelaces, and care of others such as serving snacks.

  • Control of movements
  • Recognize and respond to orderliness
  • Independently care for environment and self
  • Improve eye-hand coordination
  • Correctly use manipulative materials
  • Large and small muscle growth
  • Rhythmical movement with music

Sensorial

Children learn to organize their environment, through their senses, for example, sorting sounds into categories of loud or soft.

  • Visual discrimination
  • Tactile discrimination
  • Olfactory discrimination
  • Auditory discrimination
  • Gustatory discrimination

Geography

Children learn about maps, the calendar and clocks, and right and left.

  • Geography of the body: left and right
  • Globe
  • World map – continents
  • Recognizes land and water forms
  • Oceans
  • North America
  • United States
  • Foreign maps
  • Flags: US and foreign
  • Direction
  • Days of the week
  • Months of the year
  • Awareness of self and others
  • Calendar
  • Clock

Language

Children learn the phonetic sounds that go with the letter symbols so they can later group letters together, make words, and read.

  • Nomenclature
  • Readiness
  • Vowels
  • Expression of thought
  • Group discussion
  • Sequencing
  • Interest in books and stories
  • Correct pronunciation
  • Matching
  • Rhyming
  • Initial and final consonants
  • Opposites
  • Phonetic alphabet and sounds
  • Reading: words, sentences, phonograms, beginning reader books
  • Writing: pencil grip, control of pencil, forms letters correctly, writes first and last name, write phonetic words, writes sentences and stories.
  • Spelling with movable alphabet
  • Metal inset work
  • Children’s literature Poetry
  • Spanish

Math

Children learn that number symbols have a quantitative meaning. They learn in concrete ways what it means to add on a group of something to another.

  • Understands quantity
  • Recognizes numerals 0-9
  • Counts objects to 9
  • Teen work
  • Linear counting to 100, 1000
  • Skip counting
  • Odd and even
  • Fractions
  • Money
  • Exchanging
  • Decimal system work – understanding place value
  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Science

  • Study of: living & nonliving
  • Plants, botany
  • Nutrition, food groups
  • Solar system
  • Magnets
  • Experiment
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Seashells
  • Weather, atmosphere
  • Earth science
  • Animals, zoology
  • Three forms of water
  • Health
  • Classification of vertebrates (5 classes) and invertebrates

 

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