Social Skills: Social skills are more than just manners. It would also include cooperative play, taking turns, compassion, respect, and identifying and controlling their emotions. Each of these are all taught and reinforced through modeling and positive reinforcement. They are the basic attitudes and tools required for getting along with other individuals. We are not born with these skills, but taught. Understanding how to get along with others is a progression that begins at birth and continues throughout our lifetime.
Self-help Skills: Self-help skills are different activities which preschoolers do for themselves in everyday life. These skills should be developed from a young age. Self-help skills can be divided into several skills categories such as: eating and feeding, dressing and grooming, and social or socio-emotional. Washing hands, brushing teeth, dressing, managing toilet needs, gather together their toys, clearing of the table, and taking care of possessions are all a normal part of our day.
Gross Motors Skills: Gross Motor skills are a crucial part of every child’s life. Through play, children should be developing their gross motor skills to prepare them for the demands of elementary school such as handwriting, concentrating, following instructions, sport skills and team work. By each child continuing to be active through gross motor exercise they can avert the pitfall of obesity that can come through inactivity. Running, hopping, jumping, balancing, swinging and playing ball, while playing outdoors are often a part of each child's typical day. Additional gross motor activates include parachute play, creative music and movement, exercising and numerous games.
Fine Motor Skills: While using enjoyable fine motor activities a child has a sense of achievement while aiding to develop essential handwriting skills needed for elementary school. Fine motor does not just include using pencils and crayons; it also includes things like puzzles, Legos, blocks, manipulative toys, lacing cards and beads, cutting, and play dough.
Math Skills: Giving our preschoolers a solid foundation in early math literacy is critical to their future academic achievement, not to mention how essential it is to their day-to-day functioning. This is particularly true given the increased requirements of the math curriculum currently in our elementary schools. If your child attends our preschool, you can expect to see a greater emphasis placed on teaching early math. Early math includes counting, patterns, and simple addition & subtraction. We use a wide variety of manipulative activities and incorporate math during our daily activities and circle time. During play you can often see the children counting their cars and then adding or subtracting to their line up to have the amount they need.
Literature: Often parents believe their child “knows their alphabet” because they sing them. I’m sorry, but that child knows a song. The beginning of literature is first, reading to the child daily. Then the children begin letter recognition. In our program we do this through circle time, stories, charts, finger plays, songs, beginning reading and writing skills and verbalizing their own stories, and Hooked on Phonics.
Letter and Number Explorations: Letters and phonics skills are acquired in fun ways and in ways they are important to them, such as letters in their name or their friends. The children learn these through letter of the week activities including letter books, entertaining tactile activities, games, and a print rich environment.
Science: When done correctly, preschool science is an exciting and intellectual experience which teaches a child problem solving, exploration, math and other important cognitive skills. The right preschool science activities may include hands-on explorations about our environment, how things grow and change through nature, baking, cause and effect sequences pertaining to everyday objects, and variation and classification.
Social Studies: Children do not realize it but, they are learning social studies from birth. Each of our families are different within our communities. The children learn about each other cultures, the helpers with in our communities (the mailman, bus driver, doctors), our state, country and world.
Art: The goal of arts education for young children is to develop and sustain the natural curiosity, expressiveness, and creativity that very young children often demonstrate. Arts education gets underway with a foundation that emphasizes exploration, experimentation, and engagement of the senses. This can be done with painting, drawing, crafts, dancing and discussions as pathways to understanding what they are learning.
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