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Pre-K/Kindergarten Academic Curriculum

Below is a summary of what your child will learn and excel in. Click on the link below for a detailed description and summary of skills to be acquired.

Language Skills
Literacy Skills
Writing Skills
Mathematics
Science

Language Skills:

Listening and speaking are the primary ways that pre-K children learn new concepts and ideas, and express their thoughts, observations, and feelings. Two key areas of oral language are vocabulary and phonological awareness (is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds in language) are particularly important areas to address because they directly relate to learning to read.

When your child completes this program he/she will acquire the following language skills:

  1. Listening
    • Understand and follow with at least two-step directions.
    • Pay attention to sounds in language (recognize rhymes, hear alliteration, clap syllables).
    • Listen for a variety of purposes (e.g., for enjoyment, to gain and share information, to perform a task, to learn what happened in a story, to converse with an adult or peer).
    • Enjoy listening to and discussing storybooks; demonstrate comprehension by asking questions and making comments.
    • Understand the overall sequence of events in stories.
  2. Speaking
    • Speak in complete sentences made up of three or more words.
    • Speak clearly enough to be understood by unfamiliar adults and use appropriate levels of volume, tone, and inflection.
    • Participate in extended conversations and use appropriate conversational techniques (e.g., taking turns speaking, listening actively, contributing ideas).
    • Use new vocabulary and grammatical construction appropriately in his/her own speech.
    • Use spoken language to communicate thoughts, feelings, and needs; to describe experiences and observations; to express opinions and ideas.
    • Tell stories.
    • Repeat or act out familiar stories, songs, rhymes, and finger and counting games, finger plays) in play activities.
Literacy Skills:

The pre-K years are crucial for children’s literacy growth. Our teachers promote children’s literacy development by embedding reading and writing in content-rich learning experiences which boost language and literacy skills and ultimately reading achievement. Our most important goal is to make sure children will develop the belief that reading and writing are useful and enjoyable part of life.

When your child completes this program he/she will acquire the following reading skills:

  • Enjoy listening to and discussing storybooks.
  • Where to find the title and author of a book.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the concepts of print.
  • Identifies upper and lower case letters.
  • Identifies letter sounds.
  • Distinguishes beginning and ending sounds in words.
  • Recognize and produce rhymes word.
  • Demonstrates comprehension of a story read aloud.
  • Identify labels and signs in the environment and know some familiar words in print, such as own first name.
Writing Skills:

Through early writing experiences, young children develop understandings about the functions of written language. Children develop an awareness that ideas can be written. They begin to generate ideas about how written language works and explore its uses. Young children’s attempts to write through scribbling, forms, and inventive spellings help them to understand writing as a means to communicate ideas and information. Over time, attempts at early writing will more closely align to conventional writing.

When your child completes this program he/she will acquire the following writing skills:

  • Distinguish print from pictures.
  • Express ideas and stories through inventive spellings.
  • Use pictures, letters, and strings of letters to express ideas.
  • Hold a pen and pencil a proper way.
  • Copy or write letters using various materials
  • Print first name independently
  • Form letters correctly.
  • Copy three-to five  letter words
Mathematics Skills:

In pre-K, children must develop essential skills, concepts, and thought processes that serve as the foundation for future mathematics learning and school achievement. Children of this age are capable of engaging in thoughtful mathematics reasoning and problem-solving.

Our curriculum concentrates in five fundamental areas of mathematics: number/operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, logical thinking, data analysis /collection. We introduce children to mathematics vocabulary; provide opportunities for structured and free play with the math manipulatives to explore essential math concepts.

Our goal is to direct children through a series of fun engaging activities that build up their fundamental knowledge of mathematical concepts and promote logical thinking processes .

When your child completes this program he/she will acquire the following math skills:

  • Number/Operations
    • Count in sequence to 20 or more.
    • Count with understanding, and use numbers to tell how many
    • Demonstrate understanding of one-to-one correspondence
    • Form numerals correctly.
    • Use the names for numbers and associate number words (including “zero”) with collections or sets of objects counted.
    • Understands and solve addition stories
    • Understands and solve subtraction stories
  • Patterns/Algebra
    • Recognize simple patterns of concrete objects
    • Sort and classify objects into groups according to one or more attributes.
    • Predict and understand the concept of sequence
    • Create, and duplicate and extend simple “AB or BA” patterns.
  • Geometry
    • Recognize and name simple geometric shapes.
    • Describe how shapes are alike and different.
    • Match and sort shapes.
    • Use words that identify where things are in space (up, down and etc).
    • Use positional words to describe the location of objects.
  • Measurement
    • Experience, compare, and use appropriate vocabulary when describing duration of time, e.g., day, week, month, morning, afternoon, night, day ).
    • Recognize attributes of length by using the terms longer or shorter when comparing two objects
    • Use tools and correct names for the standard tools used for telling time and temperature; and measuring length, capacity, and weight (clocks, thermometers, rulers, scales and etc).
    • Order a set of objects according to size, weight, and length.
  • Data Analysis/Collection
    • Collect, organize, and use descriptive language to compare data in objects.
    • Create and understand picture graphs by identifying which is more, fewer, or the same
    • Use terms to compare attributes of objects (bigger, smaller, taller).
    • Order a set of objects according to size, weight, or length.
    • Solve problems that involve collecting and analyzing data.
Science Skills:

Preschool children have a built-in desire to learn first-hand about the world around them and they are excited to see, listen to, touch, smell and taste things they encounter within their daily lives. They are eager to learn why and how things work. This natural curiosity provides us with opportunities to teach them foundational science concepts and skills. Our curriculum covers three main areas: physical science, life science, and earth science.

Our goal is to engage our children in science by making it fun, exciting, interesting, and relevant to important science principles. Through exciting scientific experiments which kids are sure will enjoy, they will learn science vocabulary and explore using science tools and materials.

When your child completes this program he/she will acquire the following writing skills:

  • Physical Science
    • Identify the properties of objects and materials (color, size, shape, etc.) by direct observation.
    • Recognize water in its three forms (solid, liquid, gas).
    • Explore how things move and change.
    • Develop vocabulary that describes position, movement and physical properties of objects.
    • Understand the effects magnets have on other objects.
    • Use their senses and tools to gather information, investigate materials, and observe relationships.
    • Observe and discuss common properties, differences, and comparisons among objects and materials.
  • Life Science
    • Show an understanding what living things need to live and grow.
    • Recognize that “baby” plants and animals are similar but not identical to their parents and to one another.
    • Know that living things go through life cycles (growth, change).
    • Name some human body parts and know their function.
    • Recognize the difference between living organisms and non-living objects.
    • Recognize that people have unique features, but are alike in many ways. Describe his/her own unique characteristics and those of others. Know that people have their own history, customs and traditions.
    • Know that people need food, exercise, and rest to stay healthy.
    • The child will develop an increased awareness of the kinds of work people do and the variety of tools people use in their jobs.
  • Earth Science
    • Recognize that some events in nature have a repeating pattern (seasons of the year).
    • Know different types of weather and that weather changes over seasons.
    • Show respect for the environment. Identify ways that energy can be conserved
    • Know vocabulary to describe major features of the sky (clouds, moon) and earth (mountain, river).
    • Recognize that some objects can be reused or recycled.
  • Scientific Inquiry
    • Show interest in investigating phenomena.
    • Use the senses to make observations.
    • Make predictions based on previous experience and background knowledge.
    • Participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and make generalizations.
    • Use tools to gather information (e.g., magnifying lens, eyedropper, camera).
    • Develop explanations for observations.