Carol Barker, Wendy Curulla, Melissa Dueno, Lauren Faugno, Reggie Graves, Val Lupinacci, Luz Martinez, Dolly Olmo, Jessica Rinaldo, Marilyn Della Rocco, Lysa Sabatino, and Sandy Torres
Preschool children learn through play as they actively explore materials and activities and interact with children and adults. Parents continue to be a preschooler’s most important teacher. The purpose of preschool is to provide your child with an opportunity to practice being part of a larger group of children in an environment focused on providing social and academic learning opportunities.
Our preschool is a full-time program where children attend for a minimum of 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with care available before and after school. Our program includes a daily naptime and weekly Music, Physical Education and Spanish classes.
The Preschool Curriculum and Assessment were designed by the state to ensure that children enter kindergarten with the behaviors and skills most important to be successful learners in the areas of Personal and Social Development, Physical Development, Cognitive Development, and Creative Expressive Development.
The list below shows examples or explanations of behaviors or skills that relate to the standard.
Personal and Social
- Shows Self Direction: independently joins in a wide variety of activities
- Sustains Attention: completes a chosen activity or a teacher led activity
- Participates in groups: listens, takes turns, giving responses in large groups
- Manages Transitions: follows routines and rules, cleans up, washes hands, understands the schedule of the day
- Expresses emotions: uses words to express feelings and reasons for them
- Shows empathy: understands when others’ needs are different
- Cooperates with peers: can play with friends by taking turns, suggesting/accepting ideas
- Resolves Conflicts: tries to solve a problem with a friend appropriately before asking a teacher for help
- Appreciates differences: respects that all children are different
- Uses large muscles: can coordinate movements like hopping, catching, etc.
- Uses small muscles: can control a puppet, pencil, scissors
- Cares for self: dresses, eats, toilets independently
- Engages in inquiry: notices and describes things in science and nature, predicts what will happen and tests the prediction
- Solves problems: finds different ways to solve a problem when working with materials
- Sorts objects: can separate objects that are the same color, shape, size, etc
- Makes patterns: can make and describe a pattern … hop, jump, clap, hop, jump, clap
- Compares and orders: can put pictures in order from what happened first to last, can share what happened yesterday, today and tomorrow
- Quantifies: counts objects and compares what is the same, less, more
- Shows spatial Awareness: can use terms like behind, under; draws to realistic size
- Uses sentences: increases the number of words per sentence and the number of sentences on one topic
- Understands conversations: can take turns making comments on one topic
- Understands stories: understands characters and events of a story and can make personal connections
- Understands books: understands that print has meaning and is read left to right
- Recognizes sounds: connects rhyming words and words that start with the same sound
- Identifies words: identifies some printed words like STOP
- Writes for meaning: goes from scribbling to writing messages with letter like shapes and then letters
- Builds and Constructs: builds with materials (blocks, clay,etc.) to show ideas
- Draws and Paints: shows detailed thoughts and ideas threw paint/drawing
- Pretends in Play: can pretend play with other children over time
- Responds to Music: keeps a rhythm, claps to a beat, etc.