Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Curriculum

        This class is for children who miss the cut-off day in their school district (typically children need to be 5 to enroll in public kindergarten) or those children whose parents would like them to experience a small class environment.  Reinforcement of the letter/sound connection, refining writing skills, hands on math activities, journal writing & “kid writing”, expanded circle time, social studies & science units, enrichment activities, music, gym & library plus a variety of holiday experiences and celebrations. Weekly, the children also enjoy Spanish class, Hebrew lessons, gym, music and Shabbat.


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Philosophy

        Our children explore the space around them which has been structured for optimal learning experiences.  We focus on an individual approach to learning and strive to meet the child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs.  We also believe that a child’s natural love of learning is shown in play.  Play helps the child to learn new skills, problem solve and improve social concepts.


        Parents are a very important part of their child’s growth and development.  Open communication between home and school is a top priority.  Parents are welcome at any time to observe or actively take part in the classroom and holiday programs. 


Curriculum

        Our curriculum builds each year on skills and prior knowledge of the child.  The curriculum varies each year and adds new information and experiences.  We believe in meeting the child’s individualized needs and promote moving the child forward in all areas of development.

 

The daily routine includes such activities such as circle time, music, computers, a variety of fine motor activities, varied art mediums, blocks, science materials, reading and math readiness games, snack, rest time, and gross motor play.

 

Pre-K/Kindergarten Instruction

        Our Pre-k/Kindergarten class is comprised of students who are not eligible to enter kindergarten in their public school based on missing the cut-off and those children whose families chose to enroll their children in a private kindergarten experience. 

 

Reading:
Phonemic Awareness & Decoding
Discriminate, recall and recognize letters
Produce rhyming word pairs
Chunk words into individual sounds
Identify the beginning sounds of words
Identify the ending sounds of words
Identify and express sound/letter connection
Match words that begin with the same sound
Explore the following word families
-at, -am, -et, -en. -in, it, -op, -ut, -al, -and, -ing
Connect sounds to make words
Build a sight vocabulary consisting of the following words:
and, in, will, did, like, you, can, we, not, but, go, a, I, the

 

Story Structure/Comprehension
Predict what story is about using picture clues
Identify setting and characters
Understand beginning, middle and end of story
Ability to predict what happened next in a story
Create an alternative ending for a story
Talk about jobs of author and illustrator
Identify problem in a story
Identify solution in a story
Engage in discussion related to stories
Exposure to a variety forms of poetry.

 

Communication/Writing
Demonstrates age appropriate pincer grasps when holding writing tools
Demonstrates the ability to write upper case letters of the alphabet
Demonstrates the ability to write the lower case letters of the alphabet
Participates in journal writing in response to a prompt or shared literature experience
Utilizes invented spelling during journal writing
Demonstrate knowledge of sound/letter connection through the use of a word book- draw pictures and or write words corresponding to a particular letter.

 

Listening
Follows multi-step directions
Follows directions during group instructions
Follows directions during small group
Follows directions related to paper/pencil tasks
Listens when others are speaking

 

Speaking
Contributes in group discussions
Speaks in complete sentences
Uses descriptive words when story telling         
Answers questions appropriately/ on topic

 

Science:
Habitats/Animals
Explore animal environments
Discuss living vs. non-living
How animals protest themselves
How animals move (fly, burrow, and swim)

 

Solar System
Identify planets and their characteristics
Name the planets in our solar system
Talk about how planets may have been formed
Demonstrate the rotation of the sun, earth and moon
Explore the numbers of moons of each planet
Ability to recreate the solar system for display

 

Dinosaurs
Explore using a KWL chart
Understanding of meat vs. plant eaters
Participate in a dinosaur dig
Talk about the job of a paleontologist
Chart the different characteristics of dinosaurs

 

Nutrition
Understand the food pyramid
Sample, categorize, graph and compare food from the different food groups
Talk about and identify foods that contain large amounts of fats,
amino acids, sugar and carbs.
Identify foods that help particular parts of your body (ie. Milk/bones, carrots/eyes, etc.)

 

Social Studies/Safety:
Explore Friendships
Identify characteristics of friends
Identify likes and dislikes
Explore working with a partner on a task

 

Explore Native American & Pilgrims
Explore the food and cooking techniques
Retell and act out the voyage on the Mayflower
Prepare a feast with the children
Have a basic understanding of like then and now, travel houses, tools, food storage, etc.

 

Math:
Numbers 1-10
Can read numbers
Can write numbers
Identify one-to-to correspondence
Represents & understands “0”
Understands more & less

 

Counting
Forward beyond 100
Backwards from 20
Count by 2’s, 5’s & 10’s
Explore symmetry of objects

 

Sorting Positions & Patterns
Explore block patterns
Sort objects based on attributes
Identify and label attributes
Create and extend AB patterns
Create and extend ABBA, AABB, ABC patterns, etc.
Data & Graphing
Constructs a picture graph
Constructs a bar graph
Makes comparison from data

 

Shapes
Identifies geometric shapes
Describes attributes of shapes
Compare shapes

 

Fractions, Time, Money, Length, Weight & Capacity
Explore measurement
Comparing lengths
Compare heights objects
Explore/use a balance scale
Addition, Subtraction
Numbers great than 10

 

Understand & celebrate Jewish & secular holidays
Appreciate and embrace diversity
Identify differences in celebrations
Learn Hebrew words, numbers, family members, animals
Exposure the some everyday Hebrew phrases
Celebrate Shabbat weekly

 

Overall Objectives:
Language Development
Spoken sentences increase in length and grammatical complexity

 

Emergent Literacy
Identifying letters and letter/sound connection
Understanding that letters for words
Connects own life with related events in books

 

Mathematics
Basic understanding of time, measurement, addition, subtraction & money
Duplicates and extends simple patterns
Combines, separates, and names “how many” objects

 

Creative Expression
Creates more detailed drawings, paintings and other artwork
Moves in time to different music rhythms

 

Learning about the World
Exposure to languages of other cultures

 

Social and Emotional Development
Gains knowledge of people in the community
Takes turns in games and using materials

 

Approaches to Learning
Growth in eagerness to learn and discuss a wide range of topics
Increased ability to set goals and follow through

 

Physical Health & Development
Develops independence in the area of hygiene and personal care
Shows growth in dexterity while using pencils, markers and paintbrushes


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