|Overall Goal: The children will work on group participation, independence, responsibility, initiative and confidence in learning.
Approach to Learning: Children who develop a positive approach to learning are curious, work independently, stay with difficult tasks, listen attentively, understand what is being said to them, follow through and take pride in a job well done. This develops self-confidence.
On-going pre-K Readiness: Fine Motor, name (print first name & recognize last name), calendar, alphabet, numbers, listening skills and personal responsibility.
Taken from Developmental Characteristics of the Five Year Old
Physical: Needs large muscle activity – running, climbing, simple play, guidance in health and safety habits.
Emotional: Needs feelings of achievement, opportunities to create, help with success and failure, encouragement in self-control, to be understood and kept busy, needs friends and a feeling of belonging and acceptance of who they are.
Social: Needs friendly and secure atmosphere, to learn to give and take, develop cooperation, sense of responsibility and respect authority. Time to work and play with others and alone.
Language: Needs opportunity to communicate with peers, mental activities that stimulate and promote thinking, challenging new vocabulary words and encouragement and opportunity to use new words, help with reasoning, needs experiences to increase understanding of abstract words, listening and speaking with minimal stress.
Intellectual: Needs to feel secure and encouraged, needs to know what makes things work. Need ample experiences to satisfy curiosity, to feel successful, need varying kinds or forms of mental stimulation, needstime and experiences to understand time and space.
Calendar – month, day of the week, year
Weather Reporter – changes daily
Greet teachers in different languages
“Hello Everybody” song
“Adios, Amigos” (in Spanish & sign)
Sharing – two children per day; they give clues
One time graphing of names – whose is longest/shortest?
One Letter –
- Print upper & lower case
- Beginning sound pictures
- Sign language
- Read corresponding letter and sound book
One Number –
Weekly Reader –
- Read together
- Complete activity page
- Topics vary with seasons, holidays, months, etc.
- Draw a picture on a given topic
- Topics vary with science units, seasons & other weekly activities
- Teachers label as needed
- Pages kept in notebook until the end of the school year
All the Time:
Two to multi-step directions
Children are in charge of their papers: each child has a mailbox
Process vs. product art
Group art projects on display around the school
Courtesy and respect for teachers and classmates
Function independently in the classroom
Independent Learning Activities
Activities for one to three children
Fine motor activities to promote proper pencil grip
Games for small groups (ex. - Snail’s Pace, Memory, Hi-Ho Cherrio)
Cards – Go Fish, etc.
Variety of books to read to our bear
Beginning reader books
Words to copy (month, holiday, seasons, colors, etc.)
5 Alive classes also visit the Science, Motor and Music rooms.