Pre-Kindergarten

Tower’s Pre-kindergarten program supports the understanding that positive relationships are essential for children to develop personal responsibility, self-regulation, and to foster academic learning and growth. Tower’s research-based curriculum promotes learning for the whole child in all of the developmental domains: physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional. Our days are intentionally designed to maximize learning through creative expression, play, and developmentally appropriate academic study. Young children’s learning is connected to their developmental needs.

Developmental readiness for school varies among young children. To honor that developmental range, Tower offers both a half-day academic program as well as a full-day academic program to our Pre-Kindergarten students.

Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum

Mathematics

Math Curriculum: Every Day Counts in Pre-K

  • Develop number sense
  • Count by ones to 31
  • Count by 5’s and 10’s to 100
  • Identify a pair as a group of two
  • Compare quantities
  • Concept of zero
  • Count on from a number
  • Sequence numerals 1-10
  • Identify numerals to 31
  • Identify one more/one less/same
  • Estimate
  • Count with one-to-one correspondence
  • Begin to write numbers, associate a numeral with a quantity
  • Repeat sound and movement patterns
  • Identify color, size and shape patterns
  • Predict and extend patterns
  • Sorts and classifies information using limited variables
  • Recognize and name shapes
  • Compare objects by size
  • Match objects that are alike
  • Create and interpret simple graphs
  • Days of week, develop sense of months in a year
  • Monthly calendar awareness

Language Arts

  • Phonemic awareness: rhyming awareness and construction, identifies words that rhyme and produces words that rhyme, individual phoneme isolation in given words (beginning, middle, final), substitutes and adds beginning phoneme to make a new word, says phonemes in words with 2, 3 and 4 phonemes, alliteration, sound and word discrimination, claps syllables in 2 and 3 syllable words
  • Interpret symbolic representation: able to recite ABC’s, letter awareness and recognition, as a prequel to sight-word recognition, symbols, signs, labels, and rebuses are interpreted for language arts development
  • Introduction to Wilson Fundations Program
  • Understand the basic structure of a story (beginning, middle, and end) and be able to
  • orally contribute to the creation or outline of a story or event
  • Illustrate pictures and signs to convey meaning
  • Apply early writing skills, incorporating name spelling and inventive spelling (spelling the sounds that you hear)
  • Eric Carle Literature unit/Author Study

Science

  • Learn the basics of scientific method: observation, prediction, and conclusion
  • Chart weather patterns and make weather graphs
  • Exploration with rulers, yardsticks, and measuring tapes
  • Hibernation, animals in winter
  • Extensive focus on how to stay healthy; hygiene, food pyramid, healthy vs. unhealthy, exercise, sleep, germs
  • Five senses
  • Life cycles; pumpkins, plants
  • Care and maintenance of individual plants grown from seed
  • Life on the farm

Social Studies

●Responsive Classroom approach; skills include: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control
●Practice habits of good classroom citizenship
●Develop self reliance and self-help skills
●Develop self-control by following rules and routines
●Listen to and respect others
●Identify the appropriate ways to resolve conflict within the classroom environment
●Understand the importance of sharing, taking turns, and working together
●Learn and practice a specific set of socials skills that coincide with the
●Display a sense of community at home and at school
●Discussion of and participation in units: all about me, friendship, family, yearly holidays, community helpers

Library

  • Become familiar with the library
  • Understand library procedures for checking books out, caring for books, and returning books
  • Listen to picture books, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Show understanding through drawing
  • Develop a love of books and reading

Music

  • Sing tunefully within the range of a major 6th
  • Build a repertoire of songs, games, and rhymes
  • Demonstrate a steady beat
  • Be aware of body space — individual and moving in a circle
  • Improvise motions to know songs
  • Identify and demonstrate understanding of fast and slow; loud and soft; high and low; short and long; same and different

Visual Arts

• Experiment with using primary colors to create secondary colors

• Identify, draw, and combine different lines and simple geometric shapes to create more complex drawings

• Understand the terms horizontal and vertical

• Complete a 3-D multi-step long-term project

• Create texture with clay

• Be familiar and confident with a variety of materials and methods

• Introduce and participate in a community critique using Pre-K art vocabulary

Physical Education

  • Demonstrate improving locomotor movements
  • Perform manipulative skills such as kicking, throw and roll
  • Move in self-space while respecting others’ boundaries
  • Demonstrate an understanding of beginning game play
  • Gain awareness of our healthy bodies through play, yoga, and exercises
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