At The Children’s Courtyard, achieving kindergarten readiness is a group effort. Pre-K is an essential steppingstone, where children work independently and in groups through our tried-and-true early childhood educational approach. Our Pre-K program explores:
Eight distinct learning centers learning centers in this classroom enable children to explore, discover, and develop a range of essential skills.
Be creative and express yourself. In this center, children learn about a variety of art techniques, different color concepts and cooperation.
While developing hand-eye coordination and learning to be inventive, children also use counting, sorting, and patterning opportunities to build goal-setting and critical-thinking skills.
Learning to express themselves emotionally, through collaborative pretend play, allows children to make sense of real life and further develop their early writing and reading skills.
Numbers and simple math concepts, such as addition and subtraction, are introduced through sorting, ordering, and measuring activities.
Children work on physical coordination, communication, and cooperation while having fun by dancing, moving and singing.
Through an exploration of physical and earth science concepts, such as plant and animal life cycles, children learn to classify, analyze, predict and experiment.
Print awareness, word recognition, and story reasoning are all key literacy skills that children work on developing in this center.
Letter and word recognition and formation, segmenting words into sounds, and putting sounds together to make words are all ways that children learn to succeed at written communication.
The HighScope educational philosophy provides the foundation for our Young Achievers™ curriculum. Active learning is the defining element of the HighScope approach—giving students direct, hands-on experiences with materials, people and ideas—along with the Plan-Do-Review process. Meanwhile, children work toward milestones across 10 development scales, through customized lessons generated from our digital lesson planning tool.
Planning, setting goals, and interacting with others and the environment.
Expressing ideas and feelings with music, movement, visual arts, and drama.
Using expressive and receptive vocabulary and conversation skills for effective communication.
Demonstrating phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, reading and writing skills.
Effectively using sequencing, problem-solving, and symbolic and critical-thinking skills.
Understanding numbers, patterns, sorting, and ordering, plus using numbers to add, subtract, measure, and graph.
Milestone: Understanding fractions.
Desired Outcome: Child separates a group of objects in half.
Understanding the natural and physical world; observing, describing, predicting, and gathering data.
Milestone: Questioning and developing hypotheses.
Desired Outcome: Child asks “what will happen if” questions to help predict a future event.
Understanding themselves, their families, communities, and their world.
Successfully using fine and gross motor skills; understanding health and nutrition.
Get Moving, Get Learning
Get Moving, Get Learning
Movement provides brains with blood and oxygen—the core elements for powering brain function. That’s why active learning is so important for young children. It’s how we engage with children every day at school—now you can do the same with them at home.
...children’s brains are more alert when they are moving. This is why it can be so important to incorporate movement into educational activities, such as practicing literacy skills.
Demonstrating self-awareness; showing respect and empathy for others.
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