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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.
At Day Early Learning, every pre-K classroom is rich with language.
To support language development and emergent writing skills, teachers:
- Encourage children to use more complex sentences.
- Encourage children to contribute to group conversations.
- Encourage children to retell familiar stories using props.
- Help children recognize their own name in print.
- Provide tools for children to create writing marks in sand and other media with a stylus
- Help children begin to recognize most uppercase and some lowercase letters.
- Encourage children to draw to tell stories, dictate their stories to their teachers, and use invented spellings to label their work.
- Encourage children to retell familiar stories using props.
Math is integrated into all of our learning experiences in pre-K.
Children use math to solve problems, create plans and interpret the world around them. To encourage the exploration of math concepts, teachers:
- Provide board games with opportunities to count and compare quantities.
- Encourage children to match patterns of items and creating their own patterns.
- Have children help set the table, count items to ensure that each member of the class has what they need.
- Encourage children to talk about the sequence of events.
- Encourage children to create and extend patterns.
- Encourage children to name and write numbers 0-10.
- Use position terms such as above, below, beside, and between.
Children’s scientific curiosity is fostered in our classrooms through observation and experimentation.
Children are given opportunities to engage in hands-on scientific exploration and predict outcomes of experiments. To help children explore science concepts, teachers:
- Encourage children to sort objects based on different attributes and explain their reasoning.
- Plan scientific experiments such as:
- Mixing baking soda and vinegar and have children observe what happens
- Experiment with colored water so children can examine primary colors and create secondary colors
- Plant seeds and have children predict growth patterns and document their observations.
- Provide classroom objects to create simple machines to enhance their play.
Our pre-K curriculum places a strong emphasis on social-emotional and self-regulation skills so children can be better prepared for kindergarten.
Our teachers help children learn how to:
- Identify their emotions and the emotions of others.
- Use words and actions to effectively express how they feel.
- Regulate their emotions with adult support, if needed.
- Maintain friendships.
- Play with peers for an extended period of time.
Physical growth and development is an important aspect of a child’s development.
The curriculum incorporates gross (large) motor development and also personal care routines. Children learn to:
- Demonstrate coordination and balance in a variety of activities.
- Communicate about foods that will keep them healthy.
- Demonstrate basic safety practices.
- Attend to personal care practices with minimal help from adults.
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.
Pre-K Learning Environments
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.
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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
At Day Early Learning, we believe in the importance of regularly assessing each child’s growth and development in order to tailor our lessons and activities to the needs of each individual child. All Day Early Learning centers use several methods to assess each child’s growth and development including weekly observations, an annual Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the ISTAR-KR assessment.
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.
Classroom & Staff Assessments
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.