Each class has only 12 students and 2 teachers.
There are no aides/teacher assistants.
With such a low teacher/student ratio, your child will be
receiving personalized learning.
We will customize our lesson plan to the needs of each child.
We will give developmental assessments to each student in the spring
and hold Parent/Teacher conferences.
Literacy/Phonics: While staying current with trends, at Kinder Prep, we will be focusing on instructional strategy promoting vocabulary, responding to thought provoking questions and expressive language. We will also be introducing sight words and practicing letter recognition. Overall letter sounds will be imitated through songs and hearing stories read aloud. Activities to strengthen and develop fine motor skills will happen daily. The importance of fine motor development in early years is crucial. Fine motor skills result in cutting with scissors and writing/holding a pencil with ease.
Math: Some examples of our Math curriculum include: one to one correspondence, ten frame math, shapes/counting, differentiating multiple ways to count, basic addition/subtraction, beginning common core math strategies, sorting, graphing and introduction to mathematical vocabulary. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities will be done on a regular basis. STEM develops early critical thinking and reasoning skills helping children to explore, observe, ask questions, and predict what will happen next.
"Fostering creativity won't just increase your child's chances of becoming the next Picasso. You're also helping him develop mentally, socially, and emotionally, says Ecklund-Flores. Creating art may boost young children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways, according to Mary Ann F. Kohl, author of Primary Art: It's the Process, Not the Product. As kids manipulate a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve. By counting pieces and colors, they learn the basics of math. When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science. Most important perhaps, when kids feel good while they are creating, art helps boost self-confidence. And children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent new ways of thinking, which extends well beyond the craft room."
Bernstein, Paula. Why Art and Creativity Are Important. Parent Magazine. Web. 23 March 2018
Part of preparing for kindergarten is exploring and mastering independence. We encourage our students to do age-appropriate tasks themselves. Independence increases self-esteem and problem-solving skills.
Character Counts: Social skills are equally as important as academics.
Every month we will study a particular character trait and model positive social/emotional behaviors. Modeling good manners is of utmost importance!
THE CALM BOX
THE CALM BOX
What is the Calm Box?: Instead of disciplining temper tantrums/meltdowns or using the traditional time outs, we have established a calming chill out area where students can go to re-center and calm down. It’s a bit like a thinking corner, with a positive twist (nothing like time out or the naughty corner). The basic idea is that it will help diffuse situations before they escalate into chaos. Often young children get overwhelmed by big emotions in their tiny bodies, whether its frustration, anger or sadness and this provides him/her an appropriate outlet because we all know big emotions can escalate into yelling, shouting, name calling, lashing out, tantrums and even physical attacks which we do not want. Not only can students use the calm box when they are angry but it can be effective when they are sad, frustrated or overwhelmed.
The calm box teaches children self-regulation and gives them strategies on how to calm themselves. The calm box promotes independence!