Once the children finish their first year of preschool, they are ready for new challenges and stimulation. This year will introduce for the first time a mild focus on academic performance, which will prepare them for the Junior and Senior Kindergarten years.In the Pre-Kinder classroom, children still have not perfected all the basics like toilet training, eating properly, and speaking English. We continue to provide support for them to master these areas, but in addition, the children have a few more expectations.
They will express their feelings through words, share ideas with the class, and learn academic building blocks like letter and number recognition, and writing for the first time.
These two years are crucial to the child’s preparation for elementary school. Not only do we provide the necessary academic tools like math, reading, writing, and science, but we mentally and emotionally prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. Social development is essential to a child’s overall success in school and in life.
By this age, the children can start to reason, understand consequences, and predict outcomes for the first time. This is why we find it so important to spend time correcting behavior, teaching values, and guiding the children in their self expression.
Lessons like sharing and empathy for others go in tandem with the academic lessons, as the kids learn to work with one another to achieve common goals. As the students navigate through life, the lessons they learn in this year will prove to be essential to their success.