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Preschool Program

Our Preschool Program here at My Friend’s House applies a modified Montessori approach to the teaching of basic skills and concepts. Within an environment that is structured to provide for the specific developmental needs of each child in the classroom, the children may make independent choices from a wide variety of activities. Each activity contains different materials, provided to develop specific skills, or to provide for creative exploration. The learning objectives include: Writing, Library, Math , Music, and Building, and Painting/Art. There are also specific shelves that contain puzzles, sensory materials, and Practical Life exploration materials, as well as an outdoor Sensory stations.     


During Circle Times, the whole class participates in teacher-directed activities designed to teach specific skills, or concepts.  Activities are structured, yet fun, enjoyable and entertaining. Some sample skills and concepts covered are basic Spanish vocabulary, American Sign Language, English alphabet and number concepts, as well as the seasons, days of the week and months of the year.


The Preschool curriculum is based on monthly themes, around which developmentally appropriate activities are planned. Some sample themes are Seasonal Changes, Community Helpers, the Food pyramid and Plant/Animal Communities, and Safety. Themes are explored through songs, craft projects, games and books. The day consists of a balanced routine of indoor and outdoor activities, individual and group experiences as children work together throughout the day.  The following are only some of the specific ways we teach your child in the Preschool program but many of these items are introduced to toddler’s as well:      


Reading Goals 

• Letters will be introduced to the children in groups of three (D, E, F) …  

• The children will orally match individual letters with their sounds  

• The children will match words with the same letter   

• The children will orally read their own names, as well as the names of classmates, as sight words • The children will recognize/name orally the letters in their own names and the names of their classmates.  

• The children will visually discriminate/match “word cards”   


 Language Goals 

• The children will hear stories read aloud each day  

• The children will explore the specific elements of the reading materials with individual and group craft projects or discussions  

• The children will sequence picture stories (2-3 parts), (4-6 parts)  

• The children will retell stories in their own words  

• The children will complete projects following specific 2-3-part directions (draw a red circle, cut it out and make a blue happy face on it)  

• The children will use/create puppets and other manipulative to represent elements of stories  

• The children will use dramatic play in thematic units, as well as independently  

• The children will apply and use new vocabulary in songs, and “finger play’s”   


 Pre-Math  

• The children will experience daily activities applying counting skills (1-100)  

• The children will sort like quantities  

• The children will match numerals to their quantities  

• The children will compare quantities (more/less)  

• The children will use a manipulative to explore addition of one to varied quantities (1+1), (2+1), (3+1) as a pattern   

• The children will use a manipulative to measure, compare measurements (longer/shorter, wider/thinner, heavier/lighter)   

• The children will match, extend and create their own 2-3-part patterns with colors, numbers, quantities, and shapes  

  

Pre-Writing/Fine Motor Skills  

• The children will finger-trace paper letters a-z  

• The children will trace letters on paper a-z  

• The children will trace their names  

• The children will write their names independently  

• The children will trace/write other sight words, including color words, and familiar words from the current theme  

• The children will cut out 3-5 sided shapes independently  

• The children will use a variety of media, including markers, crayons, colored pencils, and paints on a variety of surface textures and sizes (paper on easels, table tops, floor, ...)  

• The children will use a variety of collage materials and skills, including tearing paper, cutting paper, and gluing different objects of different textures  

• The children will use lacing cards  

• The children will string beads in a variety of sizes  

• The children will assemble puzzles  

• The children will assemble jigsaw puzzles   


 Large Motor Skills  

• The children will experience daily opportunities to encourage their development of balance, hand-eye coordination, agility, upper body strength and coordination  

• The children will use a variety of materials for both indoor and outdoor movement activities, including scarves, balls, and parachutes.    


Social/Behavioral Skills  

• The children will learn and use specific phases for taking turns and sharing classroom materials (- “can I have it please”, - “can I play with you”, “can I have it when you are done”)  

• The children will use specific phrases to express feelings;  “I felt _____________when you hit me”, - “I do not like that you ___________”, and “Please stop.”  

• The children will interact comfortably at play in the classroom  

• The children will comfortably transition between activities in the classroom