- Language Arts, Mathematics, Religion, Science, Social Studies, & Art
Play is an essential part of the learning process in Pre-Kindergarten. The children explore a wide variety of materials and participate in many activities that develop physical, language, social-emotional, and cognitive skills. Religion (love) is the foundation of program in the way we interact with the students and expect them to interact with others.
The children begin Pre-K learning about themselves, their families, and friends. Each month there is a major theme that is broken down into smaller units each week. The activities provided build essential skills in the four developmental areas above. Special classes in music, creative movement, art, technology, and library also are woven into the day.
Learning is extended beyond the classroom through field trips. Some places include: fire station, pumpkin patch, theater, National Museum of Dentistry, National Air & Space Museum, and the National Zoo.
- Alphabet (recognition, tracing, writing, associating objects that begin with each letter)
- Pre-Reading (phonemic awareness – beginning sounds, understanding directionality, rhyming words, vocabulary, noticing details, spelling three-letter words)
- Math (recognition of numbers, rote counting, counting objects, tracing/writing numbers, more, same, equal or less, adding and subtracting numbers less than five)
- Shapes (recognition, sorting, classifying, and matching)
- Color (recognition, sorting, classifying, and matching)
- Fine Motor (hand/eye coordination, stringing beads, lacing, building blocks, playdough, and puzzles)
- Science (including seasons, weather, sand, water, playdough, growth and changes, five senses, animal hibernation, and animals in winter)
- Scissor Skills (cutting shapes, proper position for holding scissors, and proper direction for cutting)
- Gross Motor (running, jumping, hopping, and climbing)
- Art (focusing on a variety of skills learned in the class)
- Social Skills (listening, following directions, sharing, playing cooperatively, taking turns, waiting short periods of time, saying kind words, using inside voice, solving problems, respecting others, working independently, and making responsible choices)
Selected Activities and Approaches
- Meeting the child where she/he is developmentally
- Developing individual strengths of each child
- Supporting children and families in the learning process
- Hands on learning/ Learning by doing
- Using concrete objects to learn skills
Library time uses a variety of books and activities to foster a love of books, reading, and language. Children learn that books are fun to read and some books have information to help them expand their knowledge and interests. Topics that support the classroom curriculum are sometimes the focus and the teacher checks out library books for the students to use in the classroom. Learning to be a good listener in a group, choosing a book and reading it during free choice, and good book care are all part of their library time.
- Music and Movement
Music and Movement in Pre-K is a combination of the music and physical education standards set by the Archdiocese of Washington. The overall emphasis is two-fold: “Personal Improvement” and “Working Together”. The students learn individual and cooperative skills that help them rely on them themselves and their classmates – not compare or compete with them. Games and activities are all-inclusive and when necessary every student has their own piece of equipment. Classroom themes are incorporated into Music and Movement as well as other disciplines such as language arts, science, health, and math.
- Eye-hand coordination
- Cross lateral movement
- Large motor skills (skipping, kicking, running etc.)
- Fine motor skills (holding, catching, pinching, grasping, picking up)
- Balance and coordination, including yoga
- Basic tumbling and rolling
- Introduction to the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, floor hockey, frisbee, kickball
- Introduction to individual play with hula hoops, scooters
- Rhythm, beat, tempo, pitch, and tone
- Celebrating seasons and holidays through music
- Telling stories with music, and discussing how music is used every day
Selected Activities and Approaches
- Meeting the child where s/he is developmentally
- Developing individual strengths and interests of each child