Pre-K

The Pre-K program is a relaxed, fun atmosphere which encourages success while children will grow socially/emotionally and academically.  Our goal is to prepare your child for kindergarten. Here are the basic curriculum components of CLCC’s Pre-K:

Balanced Literacy Program:

Reading skills emerge through developmentally appropriate methods which include letters, sounds and blending, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, being read to, and participation in a variety of interactive language experiences.

Writing activities are an important part of reading.  Modeled writing, journals, recording data, and written responses to literature are some of the activities performed. Children will continue with the Fundanoodle language of using actions words to promote the correct top to bottom formation of letters. Children will also create an ABC book throughout the year.

Phonics is taught through literature, monthly and themed concept words, and sight words which present vowel, consonant, and combination sounds in reading and writing.

Math:

Children will make use of selected materials to develop concepts of pattern, sorting, sequence, numeration, interpreting graphs, and addition through hands-on activities.  Our program employs a wide range of games, manipulative and kinesthetic explorations. Children will also work in an individual leveled Fundanoodle math workbook.

Art:

Free art is made available throughout the day.  Children will have access to various drawing materials, paints, 3-D materials, etc.  Children will enjoy themed art as well.

Social Studies:

We study relationships with family, friends, and communities, as well as introduce children to maps and globes.

Science:

Students will go to a science class weekly.  Science and nature activities will provide opportunities for:

  • developing concepts and vocabulary related to size, weight, measurement, and classification
  • first-hand experience with nature materials, small living creatures, and inanimate objects
  • manipulation of “adult” instruments of investigation (ex: magnifying glasses, magnets, balance scales, liquid and dry measuring, etc.)
  • using the senses, questioning, problem-solving, sorting, ordering, and discovering relationships

Social and Emotional Development:

Children will focus on being independent with self-help skills, following directions, solving problems with friends, playing appropriately with materials and others, using good table manners, using kind words and actions, and taking responsibility for own actions and choices.  Your child will learn these social/emotional skills through activities in large and small groups during centers and snack/lunch time with friends and during free play in the room or on the playground. Our character education curriculum and character critters will aid in the teaching of problem solving, manners, etc.  These skills are what will help your child succeed in life.

Physical Development:

Children participate daily in free play.  Children will have access to age-appropriate equipment and toys in the gym and on the playground.  Selection of activity, records, games, and exercise is done with the goal of developing gross and fine motor.  Children will also attend a physical education class weekly.

Special Classes:

There are weekly science, chapel, physical education, and Spanish classes with special instructors for each.

Centers:

Children will enjoy playing in the following areas: art, dramatic play, blocks, manipulative/puzzles, music, books, writing, listening, and science with sensory table.