The goal of our Kindergarten Readiness Preschool Program is to prepare the students for elementary school in a fun, hands-on way. We work on improving social skills, independence and school readiness. We use a multiple intelligences approach to teaching our Preschool curriculum, incorporating literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) into our weekly activities.
Each week we focus on a letter of the alphabet. Children learn about the letters/sounds through the character, song, sign language, music genre, and books that go with each letter. Students will also learn how to form the letter using Zaner-Bloser handwriting, which is the style taught by our local public school system. In addition to our literacy activities, children will participate in science, math and art activities each week. We have a science/nature topic to go with each letter that is taught through experiments, SMART Board presentations, books, and class discussions. Math skills are introduced through games, graphs, number activities, and our weekly cooking activity. A unique art technique, term, or style is taught along with each letter as part of our updated STEAM focused curriculum. Our Kindergarten Readiness Preschool classes also do journal writing and robotics weekly and have guest speakers and/or special events throughout the year, such as a visit from hockey players, puppet shows, Dr. Seuss Day party, and field trips.
Letter M Week:
Digital Art Gallery Display - Local Murals
Music Genre Played - Musical Theatre (Soundtracks from Musicals)
3 Days/Week Kindergarten Readiness Curriculum
Day 1 - Literacy Focus, Art/Craft
Journaling: Write/draw about your favorite movie
Introduction/Presentation: letter M (letter M formation, character, song, ASL sign, words, etc)
Writing Practice: Letter M and m formation
Letter M Character Craft: Make Marvin Monkey on tree limb (cut, color, glue)
Smartboard Activity: Little Mouse game (sizes and colors)
Story Time: Just Me and My Mom
Day 2 - Science/Nature/Health Topic, Art/Craft
Rotating opening activity (math activities, puzzels, sensory experiences)
Review letter M presentation (sign, sound, character, words, etc)
Science Topic Presentation: Moon (phases, surface, craters)
Experiment: How Craters Form (Drop balls onto "flour" moon)
Follow-Up Craft: Moon Craft (Cut out full moon shape, color chalk powdery surface, add craters)
Math Graph: Would you rather: climb a Mountain, visit a Museum or fly to the Moon?
Story Time: On the Moon
Music and Movement: An Adventure in Space creative movement song
Day 3 - Art, Cooking, Robotics
Free Choice Fine Motor Activity
Review Letter M presentation (sign, sound, character, words, etc)
Math Activity: Letter M clip voting (counting, comparing numbers)
Cooking/Math: Making Meatballs (measure and count ingredients, prepare snack)
Art Topic Presentation: Murals (learn about murals/local murals)
Social-Emotional Learning:Community (talk about city of Minot and favorite places)
Follow-Up Art: Marker Murals (make drawings of favorite Minot spots on large Mural)
Robotics: Send Cubetto the Robot to the Mountains (coding/programming)
Story Time: The Mitten
3 Days/Week Classes:
Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and are for children one year away from Kindergarten. All classes meet for three hours. Children should turn 4 years old by June 1, 2020. We limit our Kindergarten Readiness Preschool class sizes to about 15 students. The year's tuition is $2250.
New this year we have one class option (Class G) that is a mixed age class for all preschool students ages 3 - 5. This class is a great option for siblings, daycare groups, Jr. Preschoolers looking for a longer school week, etc. The curriculum will be a combination of Jr. Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness activities and will follow the same Letter of the Week format. **This class meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. **
Children must be potty trained, wear underwear, and use the bathroom independently.
Students will need a FULL SIZE backpack or large tote bag with an extra set of clothes stored inside. No other school supplies are needed. Thanks!