Little Sunshine Preschool's pre-k program uses a balanced approach that focuses on elements and attributes of the whole child.The prekindergarten academic curriculum includes literacy, reading readiness, math and science blended with equal amounts of music, art and free play.It provides an academic based learning experience that is fun and rewarding. Emphasis is placed on real-life learning opportunities and experiences. I am focused on giving them the tools and skills they need to enter kindergarten prepped for success. Students will leave prepared to take on kindergarten with enthusiasm and confidence!
My curriculum includes:
Reading, Writing & Literacy
Math, Art & Science
Music & Play
READING, WRITING & LITERACY
The reading program uses a combination of phonics and whole language with a strong emphasis on phonemic awareness. Writing activities begin with using proper pencil grip and tracing from left to right and top to bottom. Students’ progress to writing letters, numbers, words and short sentences in their own individual notebook which can be used to observe progress over time.
Listening and comprehension activities, rhyming, syllables and language experience stories add to giving children the sense that words have meaning and literature is fun.As children master their letters and sounds, they begin to combine them to form words and simple sentences. They continue to expand their understanding as they become beginning-level readers and continue to progress, moving from simple to complex. Literacy songs, phonics games and hands-on learning centers increase each child’s attention-span and independent learning skills.
MATH, ART & SCIENCE
In the pre-kindergarten math, science and art areas students enjoy exploring, manipulating and learning new concepts. Group and individual centers provide opportunities to problem solve and work together as a team. Children will learn about patterns, graphs, number recognition, counting, advanced shapes, addition, subtraction, greater than less than, time, money and measurement.
They will also learn about the world around them as they express themselves through many mediums such as painting, gluing, collages and other pre-kindergarten art forms. Projects are new to them and more complex than those presented the previous year. Pre-kindergarten science activities are incorporated into learning centers throughout the year.
For students who have mastered the standard curriculum they will receive encouragement and supplemental activities to challenge them.
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, end of the school year picnic and a special graduation program.