PRE-K (4 Years – 5 Years*)
We welcome you and your child to Academy of Little Learner’s Pre-K 4 year old classroom! We look forward to spending the next year getting to know your family more. We are excited to play a part in your child’s growth and development and to be a positive influence in their lives.
We offer the children a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities. We understand that every child is different and has his or her own unique interests. We have a lot of fun, hands on learning activities planned for the children this year. The curriculum in our pre-k 4 class is based on preparing the children for kindergarten. Once children begin attending our pre-k 4 classroom they will start using the Everyday Math Preschool Curriculum. We have adopted this math curriculum for a couple of reasons. First, it is the math program York public schools use so it will help the children become acclimated with the ideas and principles incorporated with the Everyday Math system. The second reason is because it is really a fantastic, developmentally appropriate math curriculum with clear learning objectives and hands on activities allowing children to explore math in fun and creative ways. Math concepts explored include shapes, position and special awareness, graphing, measurement, operations and patterns and sorting.
Along with the Everyday Math curriculum, children will be learning and reviewing two letters per month and working on monthly themes where they can incorporate, science, writing and pre-reading skills. The children will also be taking part in sensory activities, music, cooking, and activities that promote health, safety and nutrition reinforcing learning objectives they are being taught.
We understand that preschool is a time of great social-emotional growth. The children will participate in activities where they have plenty of opportunities to work together building positive relationships with their peers. At four years old children begin building deeper, longer lasting friendships. However, there will most likely be some disagreements providing opportunities for children to learn important life skills such as compromise, empathy, patience, friendship and tolerance, thus increasing their self-esteem and helping them to feel empowered.
The last year of preschool is exciting for not only the children but for the teachers as well. Sending well-rounded, happy children off to kindergarten is our main focus and we cannot wait to get started!