Every child develops at their own pace. We use guidelines and standards developed by State and National organizations for early childhood development to help create the best age appropriate activities for the children. The Pre-K class runs on a flexible yet structured schedule that provides opportunities for learning and developing to take place naturally as well as structured lesson times. Early Spanish language lessons are provided for the children weekly.
Scotty’s teachers provide a multitude of activities for the children every day. We have both planned activities which you will find on your monthly calendar and non-planned activities that happen naturally throughout each day and rely on the creativity of the teachers to enhance every day happenings into teachable moments.
Planned activities follow our monthly curriculum. Our curriculum consists of a weekly theme related to child development, as well as a weekly Spanish lesson focusing on simple words, songs, phrases and activities done all in Spanish. Some examples of our themes include “Transportation”, “My 5 Senses”, “Friendship”, “Seasons”, and “Outer Space” (just to name a few). Each day is filled with theme related activities that enhance social emotional development, cognitive and language development, as well as physical development. We do an arts and crafts project every day. Art encourages the children’s development of fine motor skills with the use of paint brushes, ripping paper, gluing and finger painting. Art also encourages the children to create things and use their imaginations while learning. Our planned afternoon enrichment activity also follows our weekly theme. The activities range from fine or gross motor activities, social skill enhancement, to early science, math and technology. For the children’s development in language, literacy, and writing we use the Wilson Learning System called Fundations.
Some Non-planned activities we like to do in Pre-K:
All Aboard! -When the kiddos in Pre-K need a little break from their routine, we play All Aboard! We line up the chairs in the classroom to look like the inside of a train, and we make tickets with the children so they can board the train ride. We choose a conductor and off we go! As a group we sing the happy train song and make up an imaginative journey each time.
Deedle Deedle Dumpling– This is an all time favorite in Pre-K! This is a group game involving turn taking, guessing, following rules and steps, and just pure fun. The children chant the song as each child gets a turn to hide while we hide one of their shoes! This game always fills the room with laughter as the children cooperate during this social game.