Language and Literacy
The Kenan Preschool has a strong emphasis on language and literacy. Our teachers integrate research-based practices throughout the day. Children are exposed to sophisticated vocabulary and are given opportunities to engage in extended conversations. Learning centers, such as the writing center, the art center, and the book center provide the children with multiple opportunities to integrate the skills that are introduced. Pre-literacy instruction focuses on phonological awareness skills, that letters represent sounds, and that meaning can be derived from print. As teachers read-aloud fiction and nonfiction stories to the children they explain what designated vocabulary words mean, share their own thinking and equip children to answer comprehension questions. We believe that the focus on language and literacy throughout our curriculum is an integral component of each child’s academic success.
The math program focuses on explicitly teaching mathematical concepts, enhancing problem solving skills, and equipping children with appropriate vocabulary that is essential in communicating mathematical ideas. Through large group and small group activities teachers demonstrate various skills and give children opportunities to practice the targeted skills. The use of manipulatives and games is beneficial in providing children with hands-on activities. Our teachers work diligently to lay a solid foundation in math that will adequately prepare each child for more complex concepts.
Science and Social Studies
Teachers expose children to science and social studies concepts through integrated thematic units. Language and literacy skills are incorporated throughout each unit. Children participate in experiments, make and record observations and predictions. Children learn about nature, geography, and cultures different from their own. Our science and social studies program enables each child to discover and learn more about their world.
Art, Drama, Music, Movement
The goal of the art, drama, music, and movement program is to stimulate children’s creative abilities. Children are given opportunities to create, role-play, and move their bodies. Children also learn about a variety of musical instruments and genres of music. Music is used to teach classroom procedures, to help children transition to a new activity, and as a tool for learning. Our art, drama, music, and movement program offers each child a balanced learning environment.
Handwriting Without Tears
HWT is a research-based, multi-sensory handwriting curriculum. Children learn step by step letter formations and are encouraged to move, feel, touch and manipulate objects to reinforce their writing skills.
Additional Curriculum Components
The kindergarten class implements the Scott Foresman’s Reading Street Reading and Language Arts Series. The program is a comprehensive series that targets students’ oral language, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and writing skills.