- Enhance learning in language development, letter and number recognition and development of motor skills
- Stimulate interaction between children and their peers
- Introduce structure of a school environment to establish independence
- Build relationships between children and adults
- Introduce children to Jesus Christ
- Prepare the child for Kindergarten
Learning is playful, interactive, interdisciplinary, and connected. The prekindergarten teacher provides a balance between individual and group activities, active and quiet times, teacher-directed and child-selected activities. The children learn through exploration, discovery, investigation, role playing, and using tools and materials in creative ways.
Colors and Shapes
- Provide various activities to reinforce knowledge
- Exposure to the alphabet: letters and sounds
- Alphabet books
- Recognize, spell and write first name
- Retell familiar stories
- Draw pictures and dictate sentences about picture
- Respond to questions about stories
- Concepts of print: left to right direction, top to bottom direction, holding a book correctly
- Build new vocabulary
- Build listening skills
- Hold writing materials correctly
- Develop fine motor skills by using play dough, scissors, writing utensils, etc.
Math Readiness (N.Y.S. Mathematics Curriculum Initiative)
- Counting (1-10)
- Number Recognition
- Size: Small, Medium, and Large
- Can adapt to change and make transitions smoothly
- Can spend extended periods of time away from Mom and Dad
- Can follow rules and routines
- Can play cooperatively with other children
- Can share and take turns
- Can use basic manners such as “please,” thank you,” and “excuse me”
- Can hold crayons, pencils, and paint brushes comfortably using proper grip
- Can hold and use scissors correctly
- Letter writing especially letters in first name
- Animals and their environments
- Healthy habits (heart and teeth, for example)
- Plants and flowers
- Five senses
- The Four Seasons
- Moon and Stars
- Earth Day
- Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, collage, etc.
- Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, water color paint, markers, chalk, glue
- Mix paint colors
- Sing traditional songs
- Use children’s instruments
- Practice problem-solving skills
- Share classroom materials
- Communicate his/her needs
- Take care of own needs: clean up, toilet self, put on own jacket, hat, etc.
- Main concepts: Jesus loves us and takes care of us; God made us and the world
- Bible Stories: Old Testament and New Testament
- Christmas and Easter: meaning of the holidays
- Monthly Missions
- Fall: teachers and parents join children at the pumpkin farm for fall fun!
- Spring: teachers and parents join children at a Children’s Theater for a live performance!
- Pumpkin Party: in class
- Thanksgiving: Thanks Gathering for parents
- Advent: children perform in a concert
- Christmas: party in class with parents
- Valentine’s Day: party in class and a dance at night
- Easter: party in class
- Year-end Recognition: concert program for parents
- Year-end Party: with parents
PLAINVIEW/OLD BETHPAGE KINDERGARTEN READINESS
Good Shepherd Lutheran School works closely with the Plainview/Old Bethpage Kindergarten Center to be sure we are on track to adequately prepare our Pre-K children for a happy and successful Kindergarten experience. The following document is the Kindergarten Readiness Skills as outlined by the Plainview/Old Bethpage School District.
Kindergarten Readiness – POB.
Children enrolling in Pre-K programs each year must be 4 years of age by December 31. Our staff to student ratio is 1:8 with a maximum of 21 prekindergarten children in the class.
Full Day – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(3 and 5 day options available)