Advanced Kindergarten Readiness Academy [full- or half-day]
4 – 5 years
Four- and five-year-olds are all about self-expression, and are beginning to consider what others are thinking and feeling, too. They need a strong underpinning of natural curiosity, cooperation, confidence, communication skills, and a healthy dose of learning excitement as they get ready to go to kindergarten.
At Stepping Stone School, our credentialed educators know that research shows early literacy competency is a strong indicator of not only literacy, but also overall academic success once a student reaches school age. So our advanced pre-K curriculum concentrates upon literacy-awareness activities, such as:
- letter recognition and letter sounds;
- recognition of classmate names;
- story development anticipation;
- print concepts;
- letter writing and early spelling through phonics;
- writing; and
- other literacy opportunities within classroom learning centers.
More structured planning, lower ratios and regular routines help establish the stability and consistency students need to feel sure of themselves, and help move them toward the scheduled environment of school. Classroom learning centers are altered weekly to correlate to the learning plan, and sustain students’ interest and involvement.
American Sign Language [ASL] instruction continues, with advanced pre-K students signing the alphabet, names and, often, their emotions or needs. This alternative means of expression exposes children to alternate communication methods and provides a positive perspective of other languages.
Students learn to:
- use new sounds and words;
- connect letters with sounds;
- use letters representing sounds as they practice writing words;
- complete more complex sentence structures;
- retell stories and connect various narrative events;
- follow multi-step directions; and
- give detailed answers to complex questions.
Continued physical development of your student is enhanced through:
- fun activities and games that involve vigorous climbing, jumping and running;
- learning to throw balls at targets and to catch thrown balls; and
- printing letters, drawing specific shapes and stringing objects together – finer skills that prepare students for the sort of manipulative tasks they will encounter in kindergarten.
- Students practice their independence and self-reliance as they acquire a sense of accomplishment and responsibility from completing tasks.
- Students practice cooperation and especially empathic understanding of others as these qualities are consistently recognized and reinforced in preparation for the emotional and social environment of the kindergarten classroom.
- Students’ problem-solving skills develop, as they learn to understand, explain and practice the concept of cause-and-effect.
- Students’ categorization skills develop, as they learn to sort objects by group and subgroup.
- Students’ higher-level thinking develops, as they learn how to measure, identify patterns and return to tasks they began earlier.
- Students’ math skills develop, as they learn to count and identify one-to-one associations for numbers 1 – 10.
- Students’ creativity and imaginative expression develop, as they continue with art, dramatic play and role-playing.