Through teachers’ modeling and interactions children learn to:
Trust caring adults
Manage their feelings and respond to feelings of others
Express themselves and participate in conversations
Play with other children and begin to become part of a group
Manipulate objects to develop fine and gross motor skills, setting the stage for drawing and writing
Learn problem solving, cause and effect and grouping.
In the Pre-K classes students build on the skills they began to develop while in the three year old classes, such as independent thinking, cooperative play, collaborative work, fine motor skills and good communication. As the year progresses, students are expected to make more of their own decisions and effectively articulate their needs and emotions. Other skills fostered include:
Consistent with our play-based approach to the school, children in this class are not pressured to perform against academic milestones, but those expressing interest are afforded opportunities to build on their growing literacy. This curriculum is intentionally left flexible in order to be responsive to the children’s interests. The overarching goal is to introduce the beginnings of academic focus in a fun and successful way.
The general goal in the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms is to prepare students to enter elementary school, self confident and excited about learning. Students in this class hit different stages of development at different times, for those who are still developing their self confidence, social and academic skills to succeed in Kindergarten may choose to repeat the Pre-K class a second year. This is positive tool for families who need just one more year of maturity.
At Temple Beth Or Preschool, learning is fun and hands-on with individual assessments conducted to help teachers understand the needs of the individual child and thus be able to appropriately shape classroom activities for each child’s developmental needs.
Teachers create a warm and loving environment to help three year old children transition from toddlers into full-fledged preschoolers at a time in their lives when are experiencing tremendous growth and gaining maturity.
Building on what is emphasized in the younger classrooms, skills developed this year include:
Patience and Self Control
Refining Fine Motor Skills
Becoming A Good Friend
Teachers create a warm and loving environment to help two year old children gently transition to what is often their first extended experience away from home. These students begin to explore the world around them by engaging in pretend play and by spending time in activity centers devoted to tactile sensations such as water or sand, building with blocks and listening to music. Teachers enthusiastically read to the students multiple times each day in order to spark their awareness of pictures, printed works and books, and to foster a lover of stories.