For these Lions, emergent literacy is fostered through the Classroom Storytelling format based upon the Rice School Literacy Project, letter recognition, rhyming, and phoneme activities. Exposure to quality children’s literature helps with the vocabulary development at this early age, and the use of thematic studies helps reinforce concepts and tie them to life outside of school. Thematic Studies during this year include: “All About Me”, the farm, the five senses, and various holidays. Math readiness is developed through center manipulatives, games and puzzles, sorting, counting and classifying activities. Students’ fine motor skills are enhanced through center activities, art experiences and early writing instruction.
The Preschool 3s program at St. Mark’s is designed to engage young learners in the world around them. They continue to learn through play, and there is a focus on social emotional learning. During this year, these little Lions practice managing big feelings, impulse control, conflict resolution, turn taking, and expressive language. They gain more independence and work on developing empathy. Through thematic units, students increase their language development, participate in storytelling, develop number concepts, science skills, and a beginning sense of self and their community. This is a year of expansive exploration, development, and growth!