PreK

4 - 5 YEARS

The goal of our program is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners who are not afraid to try out their own ideas and to think their own thoughts. Pre-school children learn through weekly themes, letter recognition, basic math concepts, geometry, phonics, pre-writing skills, literacy comprehension, basic science skills, music appreciation, art appreciation, and acceptance of individuality. As they play in centers, they are exploring and developing many skills. To an outsider it may look like they are just building with blocks. But upon closer examination you will notice that they are learning to make decisions about what to build, cooperating by letting everyone have a turn, developing math skills by determining the number and size of blocks needed to construct their building, and basic principles of physics by learning that if they make the ramp taller their car will go higher when it jumps the ramp or faster when it goes down the ramp.

PROGRAM FOCUS

Pre-K children begin the basics through weekly themes, letter recognition, basic math concepts, geometry, phonics, pre-writing skills, literacy comprehension, basic science skills, music appreciation, art appreciation, and acceptance of individuality.

Learning
Creativity
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As they play in centers, they are exploring and developing many skills. To an outsider it may look like they are just building with blocks. But upon closer examination you will notice that they are learning to make decisions about what to build, cooperating by letting everyone have a turn, developing math skills by determining the number and size of blocks needed to construct their building, and basic principles of physics by learning that if they make the ramp taller their car will go higher when it jumps the ramp or faster when it goes down the ramp.

Creativity
Learning
Play
Fun

Years of experience has gone into planning of our Pre K program. The number one answer when asking kindergarten teachers from both public and private schools – What do you want children to know when they enroll in kindergarten? is to be “socially” ready to learn. We spend a great deal of time on following 1-3 step directions, teaching cooperation skills and learning to be an active part in the learning process. By having them ready to learn we set them up for success in all grade levels.

Learning
Creativity
Fun
Play

Area's of Focus

ALC’s Pre-K program is designed to meet the individual needs of your child to make sure they are more than ready. We concentrate closely on helping them develop their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills. Specifically, here are the areas we focus on:

  • Organized learning environment
  • Wide selection of age-appropriate toys and materials
  • Organized daily schedule
  • Communication with the children

Each of these components has been designed to meet learning objectives that will help your child move toward their potential as they explore and experiment with materials and activities in the classroom. When it’s time, your child will be more than ready for the next level!

As the children get older, more “lessons” are learned by hands-on opportunities. Engaging in interactive projects helps them learn at their own pace. At Active Learning Centers, play IS a part of the learning process. Our teachers are trained to identify opportunities to help children learn about themselves, their environment, and their fellow students.

During Pre-K, students are taught to be independent. For example, students are encouraged to dress themselves, open their own food packages, choose what center to play in, make and clean up their own mat at rest time, and keep their belongings in their designated cubby and folder.

Each week, students are introduced to a weekly theme. During morning small group, students will complete a project or activity based on the weekly theme. During Circle Time, students will also hear a read aloud on the topic of the weekly theme. Circle time also consists of a calendar, weather, counting, phonics lesson, and letter work routine. During the afternoon small group, students will complete a project or activity based on the letter of the day, scissor skills, name recognition and writing, or number sense. These activities, along with a structured schedule, provide students countless opportunities such as: opportunity for growth, preparation for formal schooling, promoting social and emotional development, independence, caring for self and others, promoting language and cognitive skills, nurturing curiosity, boosting pre-math and literacy skills, and developing motor skills. When students are not at the table for a small group activity or project, they spend their day in free choice, play based, centers. These centers are full of age appropriate, play based, and educational toys for the students to play and explore freely. While playing in centers, students are laying the foundation for their learning. Free play in centers allows the opportunity for language and vocabulary development, imagination and creativity, problem solving and mathematics, and gross and fine motor development.

A year spent in Pre-K allows for the growth of each student both socially and emotionally. In order to learn, a young child must feel safe and secure and spend time away from parents, building trusting relationships with teachers. This results in a personal connection between teacher and each student in their care. Socially, each student will learn social skills and emotional self-control in real time. Young children learn through experience. Spending time with peers allows students to learn to manage frustrations, anger, aggression, and other emotions.

Through play and a variety of projects/activities students are developing their fine motor skills throughout the day. The development of fine motor skills allows hand eye coordination and balance to improve. In addition to fine motor skills, students develop their gross motor skills throughout the day, as well. Students are provided opportunities to run, climb, play active games, and use balls and other outside toys each day to allow physical coordination to improve. When physical coordination improves, this allows students the opportunity to explore their environment even further and challenge themselves in new ways.

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