Pre-K Preschool Program: Ages 3, 4, and 5 years
As children continue to progress through the ages of three, four, and five, the focus rapidly shifts to ensuring that children are ready to enter kindergarten. As such, the program at Handprints follows closely with the teachings of the Texas school board to make sure that children are placed in an optimal position for success once they enter school. Of course, the focus is still on the child.
As children progress through these years, their personalities start to become more apparent. As such, individual attention continues to be a focus. Learning through play is still a key and group play becomes more important than ever. Social skills are of vital importance when children enter school and we strive to ensure that children know how to get along with their peers prior to entering kindergarten. Listening to others, sharing with their peers, asking questions, and following directions are all a focus of the Handprints curriculum for Pre-K children.
In addition, our program focuses on helping children develop their basic critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These are necessary for success in kindergarten and will continue to develop as children progress through school. Therefore, this foundation is of vital importance. Children in the Handprints program will be taught how to recognize shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. Language development is fostered through both printed letters, spoken words, and various sounds. Children are even taught basic math including number recognition along with basic addition and subtraction which are taught through hands-on activities.
Every child is encouraged to explore and discover their own interests through our interest centers. This is all designed in a way that children progress through monthly curricula that have been designed to get them ready to enter school.
- The Pre-K curriculum is designed to progress over the course of the school year in a variety of core subjects
- Literacy is a focus as children are taught to recognize their name, learn letters, and foster basic reading skills
- Number recognition is taught along with basic addition and subtraction through the use of hands-on activities
- Motor skills are a continued focus as children are taught how to write their letters and numbers
- Science is taught at an age-appropriate level to ensure that children are ready for Kindergarten
- Interest centers and learning through play continue to act as a cornerstone as children learn how to interact appropriately with their peers
Milestones continue to play a critical role as it is important for children to be on track when they enter Kindergarten. As a result, there are several different milestones that we monitor for the Pre-K program. These include:
- hop, skip, somersault, and balance on one foot for longer than 10 seconds
- pour drinks and cut paper with appropriate supervision
- play catch with an appropriate ball
- copy triangles, squares, diamonds, and other shapes
- draw a body with appropriate parts
- write their letters
- dress and undress themselves
- should be potty trained
- play effectively with their peers and cooperate with others
- show independence and engage in new activities
- state their interests
- speak sentences of at least five words
- tell stories
- state their first name, last name, phone number, and address
- count effectively
- recall parts of a story
- play board games and card games
- have a working knowledge of time and money
Addressing Parental Concerns
The Pre-K years are a busy time as parents start to think about Kindergarten readiness. It is important to make sure that children are receiving the individualized care and attention that they deserve. To that end, we encourage all of our parents to be involved in their child’s care at Handprints. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.