Continuing with a good foundation
Our four-year-olds, with the help of our qualified teachers are introduced to cognitive skills such as sequencing and matching, social skills in similarities and diversity, and language art skills of storytelling and writing.
Phoenix Preschool has adopted the SRA McGraw Hill Program “Language for Learning” for our English Literacy Program, in conjunction with HSP Math and the A Beka Program. Using these curriculums we have created a program that meets the needs of all our students. Research has proven that the most effective way for children to develop socially, emotionally, academically, and intellectually is by meeting their individual needs. Our children are introduced to a balanced program of interaction with friends in both “Teacher- Directed” and “Child-Directed” activities. The daily routine includes an age appropriate Academic Program. Free choice of time spent in Learning Centers, Small Group time spent for Creative Movement, Music, Storytelling, and Dramatization. Field Trips are also part of the children’s experiences.
Our goal is geared towards helping children develop habits of Observation, Questioning, and Listening. In doing so it gives awareness of one’s own feelings and of one’s right to express those feelings, sometimes channeling them into more appropriate means of expression. Our children learn that they are free to make choices as long as they stay within the limits of consideration for other people and things. Our Children are treasures for their uniqueness and individuality, and are encouraged to develop their self-expression. Utilizing such an open-minded curriculum prepares our children to utilize their intellectual and creative abilities for future learning challenges and tasks.
Language Arts (Phonics and Reading)
Our Pre-K Objectives and Overview:
Recognition of Alphabet out of order.
Recognition of names, sound, and picture of long and short vowels and consonants, sounding of blends and one and two-vowel words, reading sentences and stories consisting of one and two-vowel words, develop listening skills (memorize words and sounds), and weekly reading (books will be issued to students).
Reading: To foster children’s language skills. To help children learn about books and print. To provide children enjoyable experiences with good literature, informational stories, and poetry, introduce the alphabet, help children hear and work with individual sounds in spoken language, provide basic introduction to how the sounds of language work together, offer children opportunities to use what they are learning about letters and sounds, help children learn about stories and how they work, and finally, help children focus not only on the importance of learning but on the joy that learning brings.
Supporting the development of oral language and early literacy should be an integral part of the pre-kindergarten day. This initial exposure lays the foundation for kindergarten. Mastery is NOT the focus. What is important is that children use language, play with sounds and words, enjoy books, stories, and poems, and explore writing.
Developing Writing At An Early Stage:
Activities include making class books, dictating sentences, labeling posters and pictures, and a vast array of drawing activities which children use to tell and retell their stories. Drawing serves as an anchor for oral language and labeling activities. Children learn to work collaboratively to finish projects such as class books. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are interwoven processes, and each helps build and strengthen the other. Although most pre-kindergartners are not yet reading or writing, it is important to impress upon then this relationship between spoken and written language.
The goal of writing in the SRA “Imagine It!” Pre-Kindergarten program is to introduce children to the idea that writing is a way for them to record their thoughts and share them with others. The program offers children opportunities to express themselves through scribbling, drawing, and labeling. Concepts such as words and sentences are introduced in oral language activities and reinforced and expanded by having children dictate their thought to you during writing.
Math HSP Program
• Number recognition, counting and writing 1-100
• Number concept 1-20
• Number largest to smallest 1-100
• Counting and writing by twos, fives and tens 1-100
• Number sequences by ones
• Using number word 1-10 and first tenth
• Value of coins and bills ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100)
• Telling time
Using the calendar
• Days of the week/ months of the year/ number of days in months
• Addition facts 1-20
• One-step story problem in addition
• Subtraction 1-20
• Address/Phone number
• Capital of New Jersey (state flower, bird, etc.)
• City Hall (purpose of City Hall)
• Community Helpers (purpose of the Police/Fire Department)
• Each month, students will memorize 10 states and their capitals
• Government: President, Vice-President, House of Rep. Senate, Congress (their jobs)
• Mayor of the city (job)
• Writing Program (formation of letter, blends and words, writing first and last names)
• Planting (each student will be responsible for his/her own plant)
• Taking care of the earth (things everyone can do)
• Planets: memorize the order (using sentences)
• Personal Hygiene (washing hands, brushing teeth, taking a bath)
• Public Speaking
• Students will be assigned a current affairs project which can be done by writing or drawing a current story of their choice. Students will present their stories in front of the class. This is a weekly assignment.
• Reading assignments: Students will be required to participate in a weekly reading, with books of their choice. Students will also be required to discuss what they have read with the class.
• Develop listening skills and proper manners
• Proper Grammar while speaking
In each classroom centers are developed giving our pre-K students an opportunity for developing self-confidence and practice decision-making, resolved conflicts, work as a team, work individually and seek help when needed.