Children are little sponges when it comes to learning. I have a prepared curriculum that is FUN and yet exceeds the headstart requirements. I have also incorporated some extra teaching methods outside of the formal curriculum that will enable your child to transition smoothly and confidently into the kindergarten environment.
I have a structured schedule from 9:30am to 11am daily for preschool activities and projects. We do have breaks from schoolwork throughout the year and a relaxed summer curriculum that keeps them from regressing over the summer months break.
PLAY IS CRITICAL to child development. Play promotes progress for developmental milestones. A means through which children learn to socialize and express feelings. So outside of our structured class schedule they have time to have fun and enjoy being a kid! FUN, FUN, FUN
NOTE: the progress outlined, depends on where your child is developmentally and how long they have been in care at this location
Program for 3 years old
At 3 years old they are introduced to and participate with the older children in our daily curriculum fun. This includes songs (including ASL, rhythm, fun, educational), letter recognition/sound association, counting, months of the year, days of the week,etc… YES, all of this daily !!!!! They use multiple sensory learning techniques, which is a foundation for building those strong brain synapses. We are constantly building and keeping those neuro-paths strong!!
Writing is now introduced to your child using individual dry erase boards and my own technique that has them writing upper/lower case letters and numbers through 10, very quickly and comfortably.
We rote count daily visually viewing the numbers, varies by day 1 – 30. They count objects to 5, again multiple sensory which re-enforces what they have learned and shows a practical application. They also participate and begin to learn “Touch Point Math”. Touch point math helps them recognize the number, reinforce counting and is later utilized in addition.
Program for 3 ½ to 4 years old
Your 3 ½ – 4 year old is/has transitioned to the early reading program. This program is one on one with the teacher and it moves fairly quickly. Your child (typically) will be able to read 3 letter word sentences within a few months. You will notice them sounding out words when you are out driving, perusing books in your house and noticing that there are words all around them. This is a very fun and exciting time for them!
By the age of 3 ½, the child is comfortable writing most of the letters and numbers 1 – 10. They will have the opportunity to practice writing their name almost daily. While they are learning to read they are also starting to learn to write. Again, a great blending and re-enforcement of what they are learning to read and this in turn makes sense of writing for them.
Now your child is rote counting to 20 on their own easily and in some cases to 30. They recognize numbers from 1 – 10 and maybe higher. At this point they should be comfortable with most of the touch points in ”Touch Point Math” from 1 – 9.
They are now introduced to and learning about worksheets. It is not important for them to answer everything right or to complete them, just get comfortable with them and not be intimidated by them.
Program for 4 to 5 years old
By 4 – 5 years old your child is comfortable with reading small stories and built a great comprehension of what they have read.
My reading program incorporates many different areas. By the time your child starts kindergarten they will know the names and sounds of all of the letters in the alphabet. They have learned to read phonetically and will be comfortably reading (typically at a late kindergarten early 1st grade level).
Note: If your child starts the program after they turn 4 or 5 years old they can still have a great foundation to work with and even be reading by the time they start kindergarten. The more time they have in the program the further they will get.
Ages 4 to 5 are comfortable with writing. Typically they can write words, notes, first and last names without help. Now it is fine tuning the writing skills to fit on kindergarten ruled paper. They are now writing with a pencil!!
Now your child is comfortably counting/recognition to at least 30, but most can count and recognize numbers to 100 or more. They have learned to count by tens and this is when “Base Ten Math” is introduced. Base ten math is used by most school districts. Your child will be doing “Base Ten math” worksheets as well.
Now the expectation is to work on correctly answering and working these sheets. These cover several subjects.