Little Sunshine Preschool’s 3 to 4 year old curriculum lays the foundation for your child’s Pre-Kindergarten year by focusing on pre-emergent reading and writing skills. Concepts such as letter recognition, phonemic awareness, handwriting, increased vocabulary, number recognition and fine motor skills are taught in a structured classroom environment. This program emphasizes healthy socialization through group interaction and uses age-appropriate methods to teach children useful, complex skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Concepts are taught in a fun and engaging way that helps increase their love for learning and gets them excited about exploring the world around them.
My curriculum includes:
Reading, Writing & Literacy
Math, Art & Science
Music & Play
READING, WRITING & LITERACY
Preschoolers learn that letters have names. We begin with sight, sound, letter recognition and writing. We work on both the upper case and lower case alphabet. They consequently learn that letters can be combined to tell stories. Listening, rhyming and participating in story time discussions, give these young learners the sense that the pictures and symbols around us have meaning. Literacy songs, games and hands-on learning centers are used to increase each child’s attention-span and independent learning skills.
Writing activities begin with tracing lines from top to bottom and left to write and progress to letters and writing their name at each child’s individualized pace. The students use different sensory tools to create letters. The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare students to move into the pre-kindergarten program, where they learn blending and other principles of reading.
MATH, ART & SCIENCE
Students will begin to explore and have fun with number concepts, introductory science ideas and creative art. They will learn number recognition, counting, sorting, grouping, patterns and shapes. These concepts are reinforced throughout the preschool day by using hands-on activities. These concepts give them the foundation for understanding and participating in early addition and subtraction. Group and individual centers provide opportunities to question and experiment as children learn about quantity, size, form and numerical relationships.
Students are given the opportunity to manipulate materials through many mediums such as play dough, painting, gluing, water colors and other creative art forms.
MUSIC & PLAY
If you walk into Little Sunshine Preschool during singing time, your heart will be filled with joy! We sing alphabet songs, theme songs, action songs and many other fun and exciting melodies. Music inspires children and sets the mood for our day of learning!
Play is a vital element of a preschool student’s experience. I create a safe, warm, atmosphere that is designed to maximize children’s creativity and imagination through role play. This interactive play strengthens character, self-esteem, speech and the ability to associate with peers of a similar age. Taking turns, sharing, interacting within a group, fine and gross motor development are all skills that are developed in daily play activities.
Daily outdoor physical play is a fundamental element of early childhood education and is essential for healthy growing children. Playing in the large backyard gives children the opportunity to feel confident about what their bodies can do. Within the fabulous climbing clubhouse are slides, swings, a climbing wall, ship wheel, binoculars, kitchen and a table. Imagination is encouraged as they interact with their peers in this fun clubhouse.
There is a playhouse next to the clubhouse where there are tables, chairs and play dishes to encourage outdoor adventures.
Children also enjoy the airplane teeter-totter where they can climb, explore, and imagine!
The large grassy lawn and soccer goal provide many opportunities for children to play outdoor games such as soccer, hockey, hoola hoop and play tag.
Within the sandbox is a large sand digger, shovels and play trucks. Their creativity is limitless as they make believe and find hidden treasures.
The cement area serves as a basketball court and space for bikes, scooters and Little Tyke cars.
During the warmer months a water table is provided for students.
Field trips are offered to provide hands-on experiences that increase children’s knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live in. Parents always accompany children on field trips to ensure safety and serve as fun support for the children. Field trips also create an opportunity for parents and students to meet and mingle with other preschool parents and students. Many friendships are created and nurtured through preschool field trips!
Little Sunshine Preschool also offers holiday celebrations along with an end of the school year picnic.