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Pre-Kindergarten

Curriculum

 

The Pre-Kindergarten program of the Long Beach City School District provides a nurturing, creative, and academic environment for learning. The childrens' daily activities are crafted to enable each child to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. In an atmosphere designed to promote self esteem and ensure success, the children are provided with opportunities to engage in social interaction.

An emphasis of learning is seen throughout the day. Units of study are thematic and developmental. Each month includes a unit of study with specific content and skill objectives. The children are led by a teacher devoted to encouraging the child to make choices, acquire information and vocabulary, explore activities, and make predictions in a playful manner. The Pre-Kindergarten Center is committed to preparing students for future learning experiences.

 

Language Arts Mathematics Social Studies

 

Language Arts

We are aware of your child's emerging literacy and we reinforce and build the foundation needed to become competent writers and readers by:

  • Teaching word recognition through labeling items in the room.

 

  • Discussing and recording the weather.

 

  • Pointing to words while reading stories.

 

  • Reading literature daily.

 

  • Motivating literature through themes so children know what to expect.

 

  • Weaving stories from our imaginations

 

  • Acknowledging letter recognition and teaching beginning sounds.

 

  • Developing listening and memory skills through one and two step directions.

 

  • Writing and drawing with pencils, crayons, and markers.

 

  • Spelling each child's name with them to reinforce letter recognition.

 

  • Creating our own A, B, C, book.

 

  • Learning the Sign Language Alphabet.

 

  • Modeling speaking skills through song, nursery rhymes, and varied vocabulary.

 

  • Fostering cognitive skills through predicting, comparing, and contrasting stores.

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Mathematics

Each day we are building your child's ability to become successful mathematicians. This is done through:

  • Counting the numbers on the calendar.

 

  • Observing and predicting patterns on the calendar.

 

  • Counting the children in the class.

 

  • Putting the toys away in correct bins to build sorting, classifying, and discriminating skills.

 

  • Understanding and responding to one and two step directions.

 

  • Discussing shapes using concrete items (i.e., blocks).

 

  • Cooking projects.


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Social Studies

We are nurturing and guiding the children toward becoming socially responsible individuals. This is done through theme units on My Family, All about Me, The Community around Me, and The World around Me. Additionally we:

  • Foster and encourage a positive self-image.

 

  • Recognize and appreciate that we all have similarities and differences.

 

  • Familiarize children with parts of the body and the five senses.
  • Teach respect and the value of ones self and their family.

 

  • Include family participation with activities such as the; "Holiday Family Quilt", Halloween Parade, and PARP (People As Reading Partners).

 

  • Develop a sense of inclusion in a community by visiting and meeting members of the community (children will visit the post office, police station, fire station, bakery, bagel shop.)

 

  • Integrate professional members of the community into our daily curriculum (a visit from a police person, a dentist, and a veterinarian.)

 

  • We take nature walks for hand-on experiences to understand the changing world around us.

 

  • Teach children their full name, address, and phone number so that they feel secure and aware of where they live.

 

  • Orient children to where they live in the world by providing maps and globes for reference.

 

  • Your child's interest in science is stimulated daily by:

 

  • Discussing and recording the weather.

 

  • Measuring, pouring, and manipulating sand and water.

 

  • Talking about and observing seasonal changes.

 

  • Collecting and displaying items from nature.

 

  • Sensory awareness (i.e., What do you notice around the room?)

 

  • Table toys are manipulatives, games, and puzzles.

 

  • They are necessary components of early childhood education because:

 

  • They offer a quiet activity where a child can work alone, with other children or with a teacher.

 

  • They build self-esteem when the child learns how to complete a task.

 

  • Children learn to share and take turns in group activities.

 

  • They offer extensive opportunities to work on emerging math skills (matching, sorting, and classifying).

 

  • They teach concepts such as color, size texture, and shape.

 

  • They help children develop visual discrimination and memory skills.

 

  • They help develop fine motor skills, which enables children to master the control over the muscles necessary for writing.

 

  • Children gain concentration skills while focusing on a task.

 

  • Observing and caring for plants in the room.


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