Kindergarten Readiness Academy [full- or half-day]
3 – 4 years
Preschoolers are eager learners with growing energy and interests. They are ready for more independence as they pursue their natural curiosity to explore and discover. They can be challenged more, but they can also be more challenging!
At Stepping Stone School, our highly trained teachers prepare weekly, theme-based learning plans that respond to the stages and interests of each individual child, as well as to the group as a whole. Daily schedules and other routines help nurture your child’s trust and confidence. Low-ratio learning centers serve as hubs for activities related to pre-literacy, math, science, computers, dramatic and sensory play, art and music. And your preschooler will continue to learn American Sign Language [ASL], as research shows that signing enhances language development in young children.
- Phonetic awareness is promoted through books, songs and activities.
- Literature is introduced in displays, reading and conversations.
- Print concepts – such as letter and word recognition, and learning to track left to right and top to bottom – are illustrated and practiced.
- Vocabulary builds as words are introduced through stories and reinforced through play.
- Letter names, shapes and sounds are emphasized in many activities.
- Teachers model correct grammar and sentence structure.
- Vigorous exercise happens daily, both inside and outside.
- Climbing, dancing, running, and throwing, rolling and kicking balls help develop coordination and strength.
- A variety of toys, games and writing materials help develop finer muscles and motor skills.
- Healthy eating habits are established through family-style meals and self-serve snacks.
We encourage your preschooler to:
- explore and discover within our secure, supportive environment;
- identify their own feelings;
- empathize with other’s feelings;
- recognize the rights of others;
- create healthy, friendly peer relationships;
- develop means of self-expression and self-direction; and
- follow simple routines and rules, helping internalize a sense of structure.
We help your preschooler develop critical learning skills through:
- providing materials for stacking, sorting, matching, counting and one-to-one correspondence;
- offering opportunities to practice increasingly complex problem-solving;
- demonstrating the concept of cause-and-effect via scientific observations in nature;
- open-ended art projects and dramatic play, to spur creativity and imagination; and
- open-ended questions, to spur critical thinking.