Meaningful language experiences with read alouds and writing activities in a print rich environment foster emergent literacy in the Pre-K classrooms. They use the storytelling format based upon the Rice School Literacy Project to help students create and enact their own stories. Phonemic awareness in these classrooms include rhyming, letter recognition, initial consonant sounds, writing through labeling and emergent skill activities and story dictation. Teachers emphasize learning to listen, verbalizing needs and wants, and responding appropriately. Handwriting begins formally during this year with Handwriting Without Tears. This handwriting readiness program suits Pre-K students’ developmental needs and abilities, focusing on efficient grip and letter formation.
Curious, creative and enthusiastic learning drives our students in Pre-K to embrace focused primary school learning experiences. Their classrooms are a combination of open-ended center play and intentionally planned activities, designed to foster cognitive development. The child centered classrooms support the exploration of emergent reading, math, and science concepts. Our program emphasizes the strengthening of fine motor skills and continued development of social and emotional skills. Thematic studies are designed to immerse children in the study of science and social studies topics such as family and community, fall harvest, holiday traditions, owls, China, Japan, insects, and more.
Emergent literacy is fostered through the Storytelling format based upon the Rice School Literacy Project, letter recognition, rhyming, and phoneme activities. Pre-K classrooms operate with the belief that exposure to quality children’s literature is a foundation for all literacy learning and vocabulary development and strive to provide this for the students. Math readiness is developed through center games and puzzles, sorting, counting and classifying activities. Fine motor skills are enhanced through center games, art experiences and early writing instruction.