Pre-K Program Position Statement

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The main focus for our Pre-K program is preparation for kindergarten. This is achieved by providing caring teachers who first build a relationship with the child, model appropriate behavior for the child, provide age appropriate activities and materials which invite the child to freely explore successfully give the child meaningful experiences from which specific concepts can be learned, and provide a structured environment which helps the child learn to function in a classroom setting.

The Pre-K child (ages 4 & 5) is discovering that he is quite capable. He attempts daring stunts, mimics reading, wants to decide what to wear, and takes great pride in showing off his growing capabilities. The Pre-K child endeavors to please the adults in his life. He enjoys experimenting with new words and phrases, storytelling, inventing jokes, and rhyming sounds. He is beginning to understand there is meaning in print.

We aim to build confidence in the Pre-K child as she attempts new skills and concepts. We model appropriate means of dealing with anger, frustrations, and hurt feelings. We encourage her to try new activities, realizing that with gentle encouragement and affirmation she will gain the confidence to try the next time on her own. We observe carefully where each child is in her development and then plan specific activities that will aid in the furthering development of a specific skill or concept. We encourage the Pre-K child to be responsible for her actions, to clean up behind herself, and to be a helper to others. We want the child to feel accepted, secure and competent.
The following is a list of general objectives for our Pre-K program:

  • • learn to trust adults outside of parents
    • learn to respect the rights and property of others
    • learn appropriate means of communicating needs and feelings
    • learn choice making – freedom to choose activities and explore at own pace
    • learn how to problem solve
    • learn responsibility for own actions and care for the materials and classroom environment
    • learn cooperation and taking turns
    • develop attention span
    • increase in physical strength and coordination
    • know colors
    • know shapes
    • learn to write first name, being encouraged to write in lower case letters
    • learn letter recognition and understand that different letters have different sounds
    • begin differentiating between left and right
    • learn one to one correspondence
    • have freedom and materials to write words as the interest and desire emerges
    • learn Pledge of Allegiance
    • learn phone number; begin learning address
    • understand spatial relationships
    • learn to follow directions
    • learn to function within a group
    • develop a love and enjoyment of good books
    • begin realizing letters and words have purpose and meaning
    • gain self-esteem
    • gain self-confidence
    • learn to build friendships
    • enjoy art experiences which allow for creativity and skill development

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