Kindergarten Readiness Program
Our teachers focus on the Nevada Pre-K Standards to ensure each child has accomplished the skills which are recommended for beginning kindergarten. Within a structured, yet cheerful, creative, and language-rich preschool environment, each child is given the freedom to learn at an individual pace allowing their abilities to emerge and flourish. As we begin building upon skills and working toward kindergarten preparedness, our mission is to provide students with the skills and competencies which provide the foundation for academic success. An individualized educational plan is developed for each child, designed to instill an understanding of their own uniqueness, enable students to experience success, increase self confidence, and to develop individually.
|Music and Movement|
|Arts and Crafts|
|Free Choice Activities|
|Teacher Directed Projects|
|Receptive and Expressive Language|
Beginning Literacy Skills
Children begin to recognize that a series of printed letters create a word that has meaning. To encourage this recognition, students dictate their own picture captions and stories. In this manner, they discover their words can be translated into print as they watch their preschool teachers write what they describe. Playing, working, and socializing with peers and teachers allows for opportunities to further develop both receptive and expressive language.
Learning experiences are enriched through circle time, music and movement, arts and crafts, free choice activities, and teacher directed projects in our preschools in Sparks NV and Reno programs. Much of the learning is organized around concrete themes that have relevance and meaning to children. Through careful observations, teachers facilitate learning by developing emergent lesson plans designed to engage students to connect books, songs, discussions, art work, dramatic play, science experiments, writing and construction projects to their growing skills.
Kindergarten Readiness Classrooms
You will find bright and cheery rooms with the children’s art and writing projects proudly displayed throughout the preschools in Sparks NV and Reno. The manuscript alphabet is displayed throughout these classrooms and in the writing center. The circle time area contains a calendar, a weather chart, a classroom helpers chart, and various interesting visual displays relating to the daily lesson plans.
Science, Math & Geometry
The science learning center contains interesting materials for hands-on discovery such as magnets together with a collection of objects for the children to discover what is magnetic and what is not magnetic, or you may find autumn leaves the children have collected along with magnifiers and the children’s dictated explanations of why the leaves have changed color. The math learning center contains hands-on materials such as brightly colored counting cubes, counting games, materials for matching, classifying, and sorting.
The preschool construction center will always have unit blocks and a variety of materials are added to facilitate creative building, such as wooden train tracks and trains, cars and ramps, Lincoln logs, large picture books with brightly colored pictures, and sets of animals and people.
Other Creative Learning Centers
Centers include manipulatives, home living, a music center, library, a quiet area for enjoying books, writing center, art, math, science, and sometimes the teachers may create a special interest area that relates to the theme the children are studying.
The centers are stocked with pencils, rulers, stencils, various writing materials and paper, playdough and various sensory materials, safety scissors, glue, musical instruments, books and children’s literature collections, chalk and individual chalk boards, individual dry erase boards, puzzles, cars and transportation items, dolls, dress up clothes, play food and kitchen items, board games, and various manipulatives. Through careful observation of the children’s activity in the centers, teachers work to inspire learning by continually changing out and adding materials of interest to the children. Our kindergarten readiness programs make for the best preschools in Sparks NV and Reno NV area.