Class size will be limited to 20 children. This class is for the child who is ready for a full five day school program. We combine with the regular Pre-K Program for circle time and centers. Two teachers and one assistant will conduct this class.
Our kindergarten readiness program is designed to foster an early love of learning and to develop skills and attitudes essential for success in school. Our curriculum encourages little learners to be active and creative explorers. Traditional school subjects including Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Creative Arts and Bible are taught through each week’s them, allowing for an engaging school day. Through integrated units of study, children have as opportunity to learn through center activities, music, art and play.
CURRICULUM Children in our program will explore these concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace. What is learned in the Kindergarten Readiness class is considered a “bonus”. Children will be taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They will learn their kindergarten sight words and in January begin using their reading strategies and phonemic awareness to read their “KEEP BOOKS”. They will bring this book home each week and read it to you. They will be assessed by observation and work samples.
- Numerals 1-20
- Counting to 50
- Counting by 10’s
- One-to-one correspondence of objects
- Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
- Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
- Sizes: small, medium, large
- Shapes, square, rectangle, circle, triangle, octagon, cone, pyramid, cylinder
- Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
- Same and Different
- More, Less, Same
- Time: Day and Night
- Money: Explore through games and pretend play
- Graph: chard and record data
- Explore measurement
- Daily exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds
- Recognize, spell, write first name
- Hold a pencil, maker, crayon correctly
- Retell familiar stories
- Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences
- Answer questions about stories
- Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays
- Concepts About Print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up
- Build new vocabulary
- Learn sight words
- Build listening skills
- Strengthen visual discrimination
- Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.
- Explore science tools; magnets, magnifying glasses, etc.
- Experience the world through nature walks and other explorations
- Observe insect life
- Observe plant life
- Observe eggs hatching
- Observe weather and plant life during each season
- Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities
- Identify basic colors and explore color mixing
- Make observational drawings and dictation
- Explore the world with the five senses
- Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat
- Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, etc.
- Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, art chalk, clay
- Experiment with mixing paint colors
- Sing traditional sons that enhance the curriculum
- Participate in movement songs and dances
- Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythm
- Use a variety of children’s instruments
- Participate in dramatic play
- Dramatize familiar stories
- Act out the movements and sounds of animals
Practice problem-solving skills in social situations
- Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects
- Share classroom materials with the group
- Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners
- Communicate his/her needs
- Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, fold up nap blantket, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.
- State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country
- Explore types of work and workers
- Explore modes of transportation
- Participate in projects to help others in need: Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Hartford Rescue Mission
- Listen to Bible stories
- Recognize that plants, animals, and human beings are God’s creation
- Recognize that God created families to love and take care of one another
- Learn about God’s love
- Listen to stories of the life of Jesus
- Learn Jesus’ teaching to love God and love others
- Learn that the Holy Spirit is our helper and comforter
DAILY SCHEDULE Follows the same schedule as the four year old pre-k class
- FREE PLAY: Children will have an opportunity to choose a variety of activities (free play) every day, including manipulative, dramatic play, blocks, listening center, library, science corner, and cooperative play. This time is also for the creative activity of the day, connected with the day’s lesson plan.
- GROUP TIME: Periods of quiet alternating with periods of activity, pledge of allegiance, weather, calendar, story time show and tell, games, records, songs musical instruments, finger plays, conversations, and other activities for the group.
- ARTS AND CRAFT: Challenging gross and fine motor activities, hand-eye coordination with all kinds of painting (easel, finger, water color, feather, string etc.), cutting, gluing, pasting, including collage items. Activities with play-doh, water play, games, and small manipulative play, which includes readiness activites ( basic colors, shapes, math skills matching, and change of seasons).
- OUTDOOR PLAY-MUSCLE ROOM: Teachers encourage outside play, weather permitting.