Our Preschool Programs Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

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Preparation for kindergarten is highly promoted at the 4 year old level. The educational programs at Childrens’ Kastle are designed to support and encourage the growth and development of young children. The goals for our children are to build self-confidence, initiative, self-control, independence, persistence, and concentration.

The Pre-K curriculum for our Preschool Seniors is designed to help 4-year-olds achieve the necessary skills for kindergarten readiness. Your child learns through a multitude of hands-on experiences, including circle time, Bible stories, reading and math readiness activities, science, art, large and small group activities, computer readiness, and cooking.

A Look at the Day of a Preschool Senior

Every morning starts with Circle Time, which includes stories, songs, Bible Story, a weekly color, shape, number, and theme. But then during daily small structured group time, each preschooler will participate in reading readiness, math readiness, arts & crafts, or science activity.

Your child is solidly prepared for kindergarten when he or she graduates from our preschool program. The children are printing, sight-reading, solving simple number problems, and staying on task to complete a given activity.

As educators of young children, we understand that all children develop at their own pace. Learning is a process that takes time and is never complete.

Childrens’ Kastle teachers evaluate the children formally twice a year and of course, daily communication is a priority in all of our programs.

Our interest areas are arranged to encourage curiosity and support your child’s development. In our preschool programs, opportunities are provided for each child to choose from various areas during free time: housekeeping, library, blocks and manipulatives, science, math, table toys, art, and water table area.

Key Parts of Our Preschool Programs for 4 Year Olds

Daily Lesson Plans

Reading Readiness

  • Oral language development
  • Readiness for books
  • Recognizing letters and discriminating between letter sounds
  • Repeating patterns
  • Recognizing printed names
  • Developing printing skills
  • Building a sight vocabulary
  • Recognizing rhyming words
  • Re-telling stories and past experiences
  • ….and the most important aspect at Childrens’ Kastle: Reading is a source of pleasure and FUN!

Math Readiness

  • BIG and small
  • Few and many
  • More and less
  • Basic numbers 1-10 & 11-20
  • One to one correspondence
  • Telephone numbers
  • Addresses
  • Simple addition and subtraction
  • Calendars
  • Telling time
  • Money concepts
  • Shapes and measuring

Art
Art is not only fun for the children in our preschool programs, it also enhances visual and small motor skills! We learn:

  • Primary and secondary colors
  • Cutting
  • Pasting and gluing
  • Painting using different kinds of media
  • Texture
  • Weaving
  • Papier-maché
  • Holiday projects
  • Seasonal themes
  • Personal creation

Practical Living
Your child is introduced to a variety of tasks often performed in everyday life:

  • Setting tables
  • Washing dishes
  • Pouring
  • Washing hands
  • Toileting skills
  • Buttoning
  • Zipping
  • Snapping and buckling
  • Tying shoes
  • “Stranger danger”
  • Telephone manners
  • Emotions
  • Safety rules
  • Community Helpers

Science
Lessons consist of a variety of simple experiments that involve observing, manipulating, investigating, and predicting outcomes:

  • Pets
  • The seasons of the year
  • Hibernation
  • Plant growth
  • The five senses
  • Our universe and how we exist
  • Night and day

Please call Childrens’ Kastle for more information about joining our learning center (716-681-2601), stop by one of our 2 convenient locations, or Contact Us online today!