Welcome To Pre-K
What is the difference between Pre-K and TK? We’re glad you asked! While Pre-K and TK both focus on kindergarten readiness skills, there are some big differences between the two programs. Pre-K is specifically designed to meet the needs of our prekindergarten children that will either be spending two years in our Pre-K program, or are new to our center. Our TK (transitional kindergarten) program focuses strictly on kindergarten readiness. For the children moving up from our three-year-old program, we build upon the skills that they were learning and working on. For the children that come to us new to the center, Pre-K gives us the opportunity to assess their milestone development, so that we may best assist their developmental needs!
Our circle time is more in-depth and academically based. In addition to reviewing our curriculum focuses for the week, we review the weather and the calendar as well. This gives our children an early introduction to math and science concepts. We also take this time to fellowship and pray for one another.
After circle time, we choose learning centers. Once the children have settled into the center of their choice, we call a few children over to work on milestone development through small groups. Some examples of milestone development include: tracing the letters, tracing numbers, or practicing writing our names! We build upon the handwriting techniques that the children learned in threes, and graduate them to a chubby pencil! Our goal is for them to be able to write all of the letters of the alphabet as well as numbers 1-20 independently by the time they move to TK.
In threes, the children start to become more familiar with the types of sounds letters make and what letter different objects begin with through The Letter People. In Pre-K we build upon that skill by introducing ending sounds (“ing”, “est”, etc.) so that the children can begin to see how words are formed.
In Pre-K we also work on various tasks that help your child development certain skill sets, such as:
Coloring inside the lines – helps with developing eye-hand coordination, proper writing utensil holding, fine motor skills, teaches boundaries, and concentration.
Cutting on the line – helps with developing eye-hand coordination, encourages bilateral coordination, proper scissor holding, respect of a “sharp object”, fine motor skills, and concentration.
Tracing letters and numbers – helps with developing eye-hand coordination, proper writing utensil holding, familiarity with letter and number shapes, concentration, and patience.
We look forward to having the opportunity to be such an integral part of your child’s PreK journey!
Pre-Kindergarten Ratio: 1:13 / 2:20