The Four Year Old Curriculum The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum is aligned with the New York State learning standards. Our comprehensive curriculum incorporates the development of cognitive, social, emotional and motor skills. Literacy Students develop skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Our reading program consists of successful strategies on how children learn to read. Children experience literacy through a variety of engaging activities where they explore sounds, letters and enjoy outstanding literature. Purposeful reading instruction includes phonological and phonemic awareness which play a critical role in learning how to read. Engaging lessons include stories, songs, rhymes and a host of enjoyable activities that delight children and capture their imagination. The program helps children develop: -Phonological skills -Letters of the alphabet and letter / sound correspondence. -Listening and Comprehension Skills -Writing activities -Vocabulary Math Mathematical concepts and skills begin to develop in pre-kindergarten. Children demonstrate a natural interest in counting, sorting, building shapes, finding patterns, measuring and estimating. They experience math through playing with manipulatives, problem solving and daily experiences. The Math program provides children with developmentally appropriate hands on activities that help them form the beginnings of mathematical knowledge. Through mathematics children explore, compare, navigate and problem- solve in school and in the world outside of school. The math program teaches children: -Sorting and classifying -Number concepts -Measurement -Patterns -Shapes -Graphing Socialization and Emotional Development In pre-kindergarten children learn to engage in cooperative play and form real and long lasting relationships. Since socialization are not always automatic for children, we teach self-regulation, emotional expression and how to form positive and social relationships. To help facilitate social and emotional growth in young children we use a three step program. The goal is to build children’s social skills and self esteem by giving them the tools to solve everyday conflicts. There are three components of this program: Empathy training Impulse control Anger management Motor Skills Physical development is an important aspect of early childhood. Children develop gross motor skills such as running, jumping, balancing, climbing, throwing, catching and kicking a ball in our beautiful indoor gymnasium during gym class and during recess. Children develop fine motor skills through drawing, painting, working with play-doh, completing puzzles, stringing beads, cutting and constructing with Legos. With time and encouragement the development of hand muscles help prepare children for handwriting and other related skills. Children are also engaged in activities to improve visual perception and eye-hand coordination. Activity Centers Activity centers are established to maximize learning and meet the individual needs of the children. In activity centers children explore a rich variety of materials, involve themselves in meaningful, independent and purposeful activities, develop responsibility as a member in the classroom and learn to share. In addition, children may creatively express themselves through art and manipulatives. Some of the learning centers include: -Blocks -Table toys -Dramatic play -Art -Library -Math -Writing Special Areas -Greek class -Library -Physical Education -Computers -Art Class