Students develop print awareness, phonemic awareness, and alphabet knowledge. Additionally, students use oral comprehension strategies for memorization of songs, poems, and nursery rhymes. Reading readiness is an area of emphasis, and students apply vocabulary and listening strategies for oral comprehension.
In math, students develop awareness of numerals through oral counting and 1-to-1 correspondence. The use of extensive and diverse manipulatives helps students to gain insight into numeral meaning. Teachers also work to cultivate a recognition of basic shapes, colors, and patterns. Addition and basic measurement are also introduced.
Science & Social Studies
Students learn to explore the world around them through our use of the outdoor classroom as well as hands-on experiments with magnets, mixing primary colors, flower gardening, and tasting foods. Animal habitats, the five senses, weather, and seasons are other areas of emphasis. Students also explore differences in holidays, people, and places in our world as they learn to ask and answer questions, interpret the main idea, share ideas with peers, and use good manners.