PREPARING your child for school
So often parents assess their children’s readiness for school only on memorized facts but, it has been proven that children who enter school without the skills to listen, participate in a group, be a self-starter, and demand immediate gratification fall behind their peers by the time they reach third grade and are never able to catch up. We provide a balance for children: opportunities to practice and hone pre-academic skills, as well as, social skills in a loving and developmentally appropriate environment. See “Joyful Learning” page for social skill development.
- Children are listening to wonderful pieces of literature daily.
- Children are listening to and following oral directions daily.
- Children are listening to other children share their experiences and stories.
- Children are using listening and observation skills to gain understanding.
- Children are encouraged to use complex sentences to express ideas and feelings.
- Children are asked questions to form thoughts and encouraged to answer with details.
- Children are encouraged to ask questions to further their understanding.
- Children are encouraged to initiate conversations with teachers and peers.
- Children are introduced to the letters of the alphabet and their sounds.
- Children participate in activities to reinforce knowledge of the alphabet and their sounds.
- Children are introduced to new vocabulary.
- Children practice retelling stories in their own words.
- Children are having daily opportunities to read and look at books on their own.
- Children learn to use emergent reading skills to make meaning from print.
- Children learn to recognize their name and some of the names of their friends.
FINE MOTOR AND WRITING SKILLS
- Children are encouraged to write their name with only the first letter capitalized.
- Children are encouraged to hold a writing utensil correctly while drawing and writing.
- Children are encouraged to use writing, cutting and art materials daily.
- Children are using manipulatives (Legos, beads, etc.) to increase hand dexterity.
- Children are working with playdough and clay to strengthen hand muscles.
- Children are encouraged to practice drawing and writing (simple shapes, numbers and letters)
NUMBER AND MATH SKILLS
- Children are participating in number and counting activities daily.
- Children are learning to recognize and identify numerals.
- Children are learning to recognize patterns and make their own simple to complex patterns.
- Children are using measuring tools.
- Children are learning to recognize attributes and sort objects logically.
- Children are using math skills in cooking and science experiments.
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
- Children will have daily opportunities to practice loco-motor skills (hopping, jumping, etc.)
- Children will have daily opportunities to practice ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking)
- Children will have daily opportunities to ride tricycles, climb, swing, and slide.