Preschoolers ages 4 to kindergarten
These are the reading, writing and math pre-academic skills that children should know and be able to do before entering kindergarten:
Speak in five to six word sentences.
Ask questions and remain on topic while talking about the answer.
Sing songs, and recite nursery rhymes.
Match letters and name letters in own name.
Read own name, symbols, and signs.
Understand a reader looks at print, not pictures, when reading, and that print is read from left to right and top to bottom.
Be familiar with several stories and/or books.
Use a mature grasp to hold a crayon, marker, or pencil.
Learn to copy or write readable letters or numbers, write or copy his/her own name, and draw simple recognizable people and pictures.
Pretend to write and read own writing in a left to right direction.
Dictate a story with detail to someone who writes it down.
Make sense of numbers.
Learn about shape and space.
Learn about measurement concepts of same, less or more correctly.
Recognize, make and describe simple patterns, relations and functions.
Use data investigation to sort and classify common household objects, learn about problem investigation and make decisions.
Learn about the area of randomness.
Learn about structure as it relates to math concepts.
For safety, children should learn:
Their full name, address and phone number.
The name of their school.
Full name and place of work of parents or guardians.
Location of school either by walking or driving.
The bus corner pick-up and drop-off (before school starts).
To look both ways and cross streets at safe corners.
How to contact available, safe adults in case of emergency.
To support health/nutrition, children should:
Wash hands before and after meals, after using the toilet, and as often as needed.
Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, use arm not hand.
Make healthy food choices from the basic food groups.
To develop responsibility, children can:
Dress and undress without assistance.
Tie shoes and put on footwear.
Take care of things and put them away.
Share in home duties and responsibilities.
Playing with other children in their own age group.
Using crayons, pencils, markers, scissors and paste.
Following the rules and directions you give.
Our goal is to prepare our 4 year olds for the expectations of the academically accelerated Kindergarten programs of our society. Our play based curriculum incorporates all the required kindergarten readiness skills but also gradually introduces organizational and behavioral expectations too.
Our Pre-K program teachers use a theme based curriculum when planning their Centers (sensory, language, creative arts, computer, small motor, blocks, listening and dramatic play). During Centers, as well as throughout the day, the children have opportunities for both directed and free time. Every day includes multiple large motor opportunities on our playground and in the gymnasium. We are very committed to communication through the use of our cubbie and take home folder systems. If email works for you, our teachers send weekly lesson plans and monthly newsletters via email.
We offer morning 1/2 day and full day options Monday-Friday
What should your child know before beginning Kindergarten?
Story Time / Center Info
Quiet/ Rest Time
Independent Work Time
Teacher Selected Table Activities and Goodbyes