The Senior Preschool 1 & 2 classes serve children who will be age appropriate for Pre-K the following school year. We focus on obtaining a level of skills that will make the transition to Pre-K a smooth one.
For children this age, play is their work. Play occurs in centers that include housekeeping, dress-up, blocks, play dough, cars and other manipulatives. During their time in this classroom we want to be certain that children attain self-help skills such as dressing themselves, coping with naptime routines and using table manners. We encourage gross motor development through daily outdoor play. Fine motor skills develop through the use of all sorts of blocks, a variety of art materials, pegs and boards, bead stringing, and lacing cards.
Reading readiness is encouraged through daily story reading. The books are often linked to the weekly thematic unit. Stories are used as a springboard for dramatic play and art activities. We provide easy access to paper, pens, pencils and markers in order to encourage pre-writing activities. Small group activities often involve pre-number skills (sets of objects), classification skills (matching, sorting, lotto games), seriation (sets of different sized objects that fit together or a variety of objects that differ according to size or color) or spatial skills (puzzles, Mr. Potato Head, clay, pipe cleaners).
During daily circle time the teacher uses large visual props and encourages the children to participate within established guidelines. Children are encouraged to use words to discuss, solve problems, and make requests. Circle time encourages social skills and amplifies the weekly theme. We also take field trips that offer the children fun experiences.