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Pre-Kindergarten English Language Arts/Reading Overview

Prekindergarten children develop:

  • a motivation to read

  • phonological awareness skills

  • alphabet knowledge skills

  • comprehension of text read aloud skills

  • print concepts

  • a motivation to write

  • an understanding of writing as a process

  • conventions in writing

Pre-Kindergarten Math Overview

Prekindergarten children:

  • show basic counting readiness and counting by using nonverbal and verbal means

  • use informal and formal strategies to make a collection larger or smaller

  • recognize, describe, and name attributes of shapes

  • verbally describe or demonstrate attributes of persons or objects, such as length, area, capacity, or weight

  • sort and classify objects using one or more attributes

Pre-Kindergarten Social Studies Course Overview

Social studies is integral to young children’s lives and is naturally engaging in the classroom. Driven by a desire to know and achieve mastery over self, family and their environment, children are eager to gain understanding of the many aspects of their culture and community beginning with their family, then moving into the environmental world. Through social studies, children begin to develop the self-understanding that will serve as a foundation for learning about others and the world. Although all aspects of education have the goal of preparing children to become contributing members of society, social studies is particularly well suited to foster the skills and attitudes necessary for citizenship in a democracy. Skills such as beginning economics, geography awareness, problem-solving, decision-making, and working independently as well as in teams in a classroom, prepare children to become fully functioning members of society. Prekindergarten children come from a variety of cultural and linguistic settings; therefore, their understanding of the world around them can be unique and very diverse.

Pre-Kindergarten Science Course Overview

In prekindergarten, children observe and describe the natural world using their five senses. Children do science as inquiry in order to develop and enrich their abilities to understand scientific concepts and processes. Children develop vocabulary through their experiences investigating properties of common objects, earth materials, and organisms. A central theme throughout the study of scientific investigation and reasoning; matter and energy; force, motion, and energy; Earth and space; and organisms and environment is active engagement in asking questions, communicating ideas, and exploring with scientific tools. The prekindergarten child experiences first hand many ideas of life science, physical science, earth science and chemistry best offered in discovery and exploration opportunities. Enriched play environments support an understanding for the scientific process: observe, question, investigate, collect data, and draw conclusions.

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