Pre-Kindergarten

A Kindergarten Primer Class - Sprouts Academy

We offer a developmentally appropriate pre-kindergarten program to prepare your child confidently for public school. This is a great option for parents who have decided to start their kindergartener at 6 yrs old, or for kids who seem ready for kindergarten but not old enough yet. Your child will be introduced to basic kindergarten concepts in a fun and nurturing atmosphere. Our school offers a play based learning environment and we are dedicated to excellence in early childhood education. Classtime consists of phonics, early writing skills, literacy, art, music, P.E., math, science, social studies and social skills.  Goals for pre-k include the following: 

Phonemic Awareness
Before they begin to read, it is important for children to hear and distinguish between words, sounds, and syllables in speech. 

  • Rhyming
  • Syllables
  • Onset/Rimes
  • Segmenting and blending
  • Recognizing letters and sounds 
  • Identify all upper and lower case letters and sounds
  • Begin to read CVC words

Early Reading
Although children may not read before kindergarten, they can develop a habit of and love for reading. They can read with an adult and fill in with what they know. The most important is that they become comfortable and confident with books. 

  • Building vocabulary
  • Begin to read select sight words
  • Use the illustrations to help tell the story
  • Partner and class reading
  • Ask and answer questions about stories
  • Undersand that stories have a beginning, middle, and end
  • Understand book structure concepts like author, illustrator, front cover, and page numbers.

Early Writing
Writing in pre-k will begin with practicing fine motor control and stroke lines

  • Write first name
  • Print many upper and lowercase letters
  • Tell a story with pictures

Art
Children can discover so much through art. Their is no right or wrong answer! It develops their confidence about being an individual and allows for self-expression that early writing cannot always do. 

  • Explore different tools to make art
  • Collaborate to solve artistic problems
  • Gain skills in creating art 
  • Use materials safely
  • Create art that represents real or imagined environments
  • Describe the process of making art
  • Tell personal stories through art
  • Interpret art
  • Explain reasons for liking an artwork

Music
Music helps children learn the sounds and meanings of words. They also develop memory skills. When they dance and manipulate instruments, they are developing fine and gross motor skills. They are invited to express themselves. Music also challenges their minds and bodies to collaborate.

  • Explore music concepts
  • Express music ideas
  • Learn the importance of practice 
  • Perform music for self and others
  • Identify contrasts in music
  • Investigate expressive qualities of music

Physical Education
PE does not only promote a healthy lifestyle, it teaches social skills like team work, taking turns, cheering for each other, and good sportsmanship. While challenging themselves physically, pre-kindergarteners can also improve their self-confidence and strengthen friendships.

  • Locomotor/nonlocomotor skills 
  • Balance 
  • Follow rhythmic patterns 
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Hand dribbling
  • Kicking and passing
  • Striking with a bat or paddle

Mathematics
Math  is so much fun! Before understanding symbols, kids need to understand things on a concrete level. They start this process by using manipulatives and concrete objects. After they can think this way they can then understand more abstract concepts.  

  • 1 to 1 correspondence counting 
  • Identify and Write numbers from 0 to 10
  • Count up to 20 objects
  • Data and graphing
  • Organize objects into categories
  • Begin to add and subtract numbers within 5
  • Take apart numbers within 10
  • Identify and name two dimensional shapes
  • Use simple shapes to make larger shapes 
  • Sequencing and patterns 
  • Measuring 

Science
Children are natural scientists! They are curious, energetic and love to experiment. it is important that they develop this love of exploring the world around them for their future learning. In our class we use a lot of hands-on, indoor and outdoor experiments to learn how to make predictions and observations. Rather than mastering facts, this stage of learning is all about exploring and making observaions. 

  • Force and motion
  • Sunlight energy
  • Living things
  • Weather patterns
  • Earth and human activity
  • Engineering and design

Social Studies
Through social studies, children gain an understanding of the world around them and their immediate environment

  • Identify the people who make and carry out rules at school
  • Understand the purpose of rules at school and in the classroom 
  • State own viewpoint and listens to others viewpoints
  • Learn some U.S. National holidays and people and events associcated with them
  • Recognizing the parts of a calendar system
  • Learn the basic concept of a map, land and water, and that the world is full of different cultures
  • Reflect on how their personal experience differs from other countries and other time periods

Social Skills
Kindergarten can be a big adjustment. Our pre-k program aims to teach necessarly social skills that will help our students prepare with confidence and awareness in the way they interact and solve problems with one another. 

  • Recognize and expressing personal emotions
  • Recognize other's feelings through communication and cues such as facial epxressions and body language
  • Learn the importance of self-calming strategies
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Communication strategies
  • Peer relationship strategies
  • Gain collaborative skills through partner and group work
  • Learn the value of friendship and how to be a good friend

*Students will need to bring their own lunch