High Quality Early Learning & Child Care

PreK Program

Pre-Kindergarten

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, young children learn from experiences, actions, and interactions with people and things. At The Learning Center our focus is on each child's needs and development.

Our Pre-K program used a is a comprehensive, research-based program called Frog Street that integrates instruction across developmental domains and early learning disciplines for your child's academic curriculum and a Bible based curriculum for their Christian education.   

Our staff assists children in using language to deal with their feelings utilizing Conscious Discipline.  Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices.

Our teachers will communicate with you on a daily basis regarding your child's social, emotional, educational, and physical progress. Three times a year we evaluate your child in writing with an assessment and conferences are always available upon request. We encourage you to become involved in our program by being volunteers for special events and field trips. Parents and other family members are welcomed visitors in our center at all times.

Pre-K Fundamentals

Pre-K Fundamentals 3 Day Program

This program is designed for 4 year olds wanting a 3 day program instead of The Learning Center's more comprehensive 5-day Pre-K program.

Children learn to recognize letters, explore beginning sounds, understand number concepts and develop positive character traits. The Learning Center uses the Frog Street curriculum for your child's academic curriculum and a Bible based curriculum for their Christian education. Weather permitting, children go outside twice a day and have a 2-hour nap/quiet time.

Children are required to wear uniforms. All children will participate in our Christmas program. Children that will be leaving our school for Kindergarten will participate in our graduation ceremony.

Program includes:

 
  • Colors-Red, Orange, Brown, Green, Blue, Pink, Yellow, Purple, Black and White
  • Shapes-Circle, Triangle, Square, Star, Rectangle, Heart, Oval, Diamond
  • Numbers- 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
  • Language Development
  • Letter Recognition and Beginning Sounds
  • One to One Correspondence, Sequencing, Predicting, and Graphing
  • Problem Solving
  • Estimation
  • Character Education
  • Weekly Chapel
  • Weekly Music and Movement
  • Bible Stories and Songs
  • Family Style Lunch
  • Family Engagement
  • Take Home activities

5-day Pre-K

The Learning Center's 5 Day Pre-Kindergarten Program:


Language

Print Awareness

  • Demonstrates the proper way to read a book (e.g., right side up) and where to begin reading
  • Identifies the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book
  • Begins to identify the title and author of a book
  • Follows the words from the top to the bottom and from left to right when reading
  • Recognizes and names all capital and lowercase letters
  • Understands that a sentence is made up of separate words
  • Distinguishes letters from words
  • Identifies periods, questions marks, and exclamation points

Phonological/Phonemic Awareness

  • Understands that individual letters have sounds
  • Matches each consonant or short vowel sound to the corresponding letter
  • Identifies and creates simple rhyming pairs (e.g., cat | hat)
  • Identifies beginning sounds in words (e.g., /h/ in hat)
  • Begins to identify ending sounds in words (e.g., /t/ in hat)
  • Identifies when two words share the same beginning sound (e.g., hat and hammer)
  • Attempts to blend phonemes into simple words (e.g., /h/ /a/ /t/ = hat)
  • Attempts to segment phonemes of words (e.g., hat = /h/ /a/ /t/)

Reading & Comprehension

  • Utilizes new vocabulary when speaking or writing
  • Uses picture cues and text to make predictions prior to reading
  • Retells or acts out a story in accurate' sequential order (beginning, middle, end)
  • Uses picture cues to talk about what is happening in a story
  • Answers simple questions about the main characters, setting, and events in a story
  • Distinguishes between fiction and nonfiction
  • Recognizes and understands environmental print such as school and classroom labels
  • Begins to recognize high-frequency words (e.g., and, the, you, etc.)

Writing/Spelling/Handwriting

  • Dictates stories about events and/or experiences for others to write
  • Participates in a variety of writing opportunities (e.g., journal writing, shared writing, etc.)
  • Uses classroom resources such as a word wall to support the writing process
  • Shares own writing with other children, the teacher, and/or parents
  • Writes own name (first and last)
  • Writes informal notes, lists, letters, etc. using developmental/inventive spelling and pictures
  • Prints all capital and lowercase letters

Listening & Speaking

  • Expresses feelings, ideas, and needs in complete sentences
  • Follows one- and two-step directions
  • Listens attentively to stories and poems
  • Takes turns during conversation and responds appropriately

Mathematics

Number Sense

  • Counts forward to 20 or higher and backward from 10
  • Identifies the numerals 0 through 20
  • Counts a set of 20 or fewer objects in a set one-by-one
  • Identifies the numeral that matches a quantity (0-20)
  • Identifies and creates sets of objects (0-20)
  • Compares sets of 20 or fewer objects using words such as more, less, same, different, fewer, etc.
  • Identifies the ordinal position (first through tenth) of objects
  • Uses concrete objects to add and subtract whole numbers using up to 10 concrete items

Geometry & Spatial Sense

  • Identifies the following two-dimensional shapes: circle, triangle, rectangle, square, oval, pentagon, and octagon
  • Identifies the following three-dimensional shapes: sphere, cone, cylinder, and cube
  • Demonstrates spatial awareness by using positional words (e.g., on, off, above, below, beside, etc.)
  • Compares and contrasts objects according to two attributes (e.g., shape and size, shape and color, etc.)

Measurement

  • Measures and estimates length and/or capacity using nonstandard units of measurement (e.g., paper clips, blocks, etc.)
  • Compares objects according to size (e.g., longest, shortest, tallest, big, bigger, biggest, etc.)
  • Selects the appropriate measuring instrument to measure length (ruler), time (clock), and temperature (thermometer)
  • Tells time to the hour on both a digital and analog clock
  • Identifies the days of the week and the months of the year
  • Identifies the following coins and the value of each: penny, nickel, dime, and quarter

Data Analysis

  • Collects data related to familiar experiences
  • Creates object and picture graphs
  • Interprets information presented on a graph (picture or object)

Science

Science Process & Physical Science

  • Observes, describes, classifies, and sorts real objects according to common characteristics
  • Plans and conducts simple experiments
  • Uses the five senses to make observations and gather information
  • Asks questions, makes predictions, and shares observations both orally and in drawings
  • Compares and describes the properties of some types of materials (e.g., magneticnonmagnetic,
  • float-sink, solid-liquid, etc.)

Life Science & Health

  • Observes and describes what living creatures (plants and animals) need in order to live
  • Classifies objects as living or nonliving
  • Describes the ┬ĚLife cycles and changes plants and animals go through during their life (e.g.,
  • egg to chick, seed to plant)
  • Understands the importance of daily physical activities
  • Identifies and practices personal health habits (e.g., washing hands, using a tissue, etc.)
  • Identifies types of foods that help the body grow

Social Studies

Civics & Government

  • Works and plays cooperatively in a variety of situations (one-on-one, small groups, etc.)
  • Understands and identifies the importance of school and classroom rules
  • Identifies governmental employees and their roles (e.g., postal worker, police officer, etc.)
  • Identifies the American flag as a symbol of our country

Geography

  • Identifies a globe as a representation of Earth
  • Knows terms that describe location (e.g., near, far, left, right, behind, etc.)
  • Understands how different modes of transportation move people and goods from place to place
  • Understands that a map is a representational drawing of a location
  • Understands how children within the local community and around the world have common needs (e.g., food, shelter, cJothing)
  • Understands how children within the local community and around the world are different (e~g., language, customs, etc.)

History

  • Shows interest in stories about past events and important Americans (e.g., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, etc.)
  • Understands the historical significance of commemorative holidays (e.g., Presidents' Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, etc.)

Economics

  • Understands that money is used to purchase goods and services
  • Begins to understand the difference between wants and needs
  • Understands that people must work in order to earn money
  • Begins to understand the value of saving for future wants and needs
  • Gives a simple description of the work and jobs people do

The Arts

Visual Arts

  • Creates artwork using a variety of colors, forms, and lines
  • Develops manipulative skills when drawing, painting, and constructing artwork
  • Explores a variety of different art methods such as drawing, painting, sculpting, etc.

Music

  • Participates in music through singing or playing instruments
  • Responds to the beat or rhythm in music by clapping, tapping, or playing classroom Instruments

Creative Dramatics

  • Uses props to participate in dramatic play
  • Works cooperatively with others during dramatic play

Motor Skills

Fine Motor Development

  • Holds writing instruments between thumb and fingers
  • Cuts on a line most of the time
  • Uses glue with control

Large Motor Development

  • Demonstrates basic loco-motor movements (e.g., galloping, hopping, running, skipping)
  • Demonstrates non loco-motor movements (e.g., bending, swaying, twisting)

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