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Pre K

Classroom Concepts

  • Increase precision of grasp in using writing tools

  • Connect written letters to the sounds they make

  • Acquire scissor skills

  • Understand and follow basic safety rules

  • Demonstrate self-control and self-regulation

  • Engage in cooperative play, problem-solving, and conflict-resolution with other children

  • Increase development of gross motor skills such as swinging independently, balancing, throwing/catching, and skipping

  • Able to follow basic classroom rules and structure

  • Actively participate in group activities

  • Develop ability to work independently

  • Participate in a variety of dramatic play activities and role play

  • Use reasoning skills and imagination when planning ways to make things happen

  • Develop more awareness and sense of respect for self and others

  • Participate in conversations with peers and adults

  • Develop phonological and other pre-reading skills

  • Introduce lower case alphabet with corresponding upper case

  • Build knowledge of the world through observation and awareness of surroundings

  • Increase and enhance math concepts, such as counting, number identification, one-to one correspondence, simple graphing and patterns, more and less, ordinal numbers, coins, and 3-D shapes

  • Increase sensory awareness through sensory activities and play

  • Explore artistic expression freely through a variety of media

  • Demonstrate hand-eye coordination through exploration and manipulation of objects

  • Self-help skills that increase independence

  • Introduction of sight words and word families

Curriculum

Our curriculum is literacy-based and focuses on language development and social/emotional growth. Books and thematic activities, along with enrichment materials, continue to provide Pre K students with a rich awareness of the world around them and establish a foundation for reading, science, and math. Increase opportunities allow children to explore themes and individual interests through hands-on activities and science experiments. Focus on academics happens in large and small group settings as well as in one-on-one instruction.

Added Values

  • Developmental screenings twice a year (fall and spring) to assess student progress  and growth

  • Teachers use screening results to assess skill levels and target specific developmental achievements or deficits in order to individualize instruction

  • Teachers communicate with parents throughout the day through messages and pictures so that parents feel part of their child's learning and development while at High Hopes

A Pre K Day at High Hopes

  • Learning Centers (Blocks, Manipulatives, Cozy Corner, Imaginative Play, Free Art, Writing, Math, and Science Centers)

  • Visual schedules that help children navigate their day

  • Calendar and weather activities that help children relate to their environment

  • Classroom jobs giving children the opportunity to build self-esteem and sense of responsibility

  • Circle time with stories, activities and peer interaction

  • Outdoor/Gross Motor Play

  • Art, Sensory, and Fine Motor Activities

  • Nap

  • Lunch and Snack with Friends

  • Lots of TLC

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