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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten and Beyond
Our Day Early Learning pre-K program prepares your child for success in school and life. By balancing social-emotional skills and academic preparation, our teachers and classrooms empower children to learn, grow and thrive.
All Day Early Learning pre-K classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. The learning objectives of this curriculum are aligned with Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations and include child-directed activities that address language & literacy, math, science, social-emotional, and physical development.
Your child’s classroom will have an individualized lesson plan posted every week. Each activity on the lesson plan is purposeful and intentionally planned based on the teachers’ observations of each child in the classroom.
To support language development and emergent writing skills, teachers:
Children use math to solve problems, create plans and interpret the world around them. To encourage the exploration of math concepts, teachers:
Children are given opportunities to engage in hands-on scientific exploration and predict outcomes of experiments. To help children explore science concepts, teachers:
Our teachers help children learn how to:
The curriculum incorporates gross (large) motor development and also personal care routines. Children learn to:
There are so many ways my child has developed in pre-K, but my favorite skill he has developed is his curiosity. Because teachers consistently use questions and create opportunities to explore the world, my son has grown into an inquisitive person. He constantly wants to know how and why things work, what his role is with them, and what will come next!
My husband and I both feel comfortable leaving our daughter in Day Early Learning's care while we are at work. We are confident that she is ready for Kindergarten even though she'll be among the youngest in her class.
Our pre-K classrooms are designed for learning with spaces to accommodate large and small groups, individual work, and messy play. Children have the freedom to engage in the activities and centers that interest them most including pretend play, blocks, math and science, art, sensory play and writing.
Individual and group activities are designed to provide enrichment in all areas of development, and are based on the teacher’s specific observations of each child’s interests, skills, and current developmental level.
Day Early Learning pre-K teachers nurture the interests, curiosity and skills of your child. Through intentional, play-based activities and classroom activities that build both social skills and independent learning, our pre-K students benefit from individualized educational support on a daily basis.
Assessing Pre-K Development
Each week, you will receive written observations of your child’s development on LifeCubby. These observations are used to help teachers create meaningful lesson plans that will ignite curiosity in your child and help us monitor your child’s growth and learning on a daily basis.
When parents enroll in our program and each time your child transitions to a new classroom, teachers and parents complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). This tool allows us to help you track your child’s progress in language, problem solving, fine and gross motor, and social-emotional development. It also helps us ensure the right materials and supports are being used to help your child reach the next stage of their development.
In the fall, winter, and spring our teachers complete an overall assessment on your child’s progress using a tool from the Indiana Department of Education called ISTAR-KR (KR=kindergarten readiness). This assessment is aligned to the Indiana kindergarten standards in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
In addition to measuring children’s growth, our learning environments and teaching staff are regularly assessed using classroom observation tools to ensure the highest level of teacher-child interactions. This is important because high-quality environments and teacher-child interactions encourage and promote children’s language, math, vocabulary and social skills.