Pre-Kindergarten begins the day with a greeting and a smile on the sidewalk and group time in the classroom. During circle time, students choose helpers of the day, count on the number line, and decide what the weather looks like outside. The calendar brings discussions of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and patterns are discovered. Group time brings the Letter Person each week.
Center time is one on one time with the teacher and assistant teacher. Group time learning activities revolve around the newest letter and might include creating art projects, playing in housekeeping, playing in the neo-natal nursery during "N" week, designing at the Lego table, creating with playdough, and playing in the sand table.
Recess provides a time for socializing and developing gross motor skills. Snack at tea party coincides with the letter of the week so that during "P" week, students might snack on pancakes, or they might make a big mess while measuring and rolling dough for biscuits.
Pre-Kindergarten at Brookstone is the beginning of a fourteen year adventure. It is where children grow, develop, socialize, play, imagine, create, learn, and DREAM.
The SmartBoard (an interactive whiteboard) and Elmo (a document camera/projector with the ability to display documents, coins, rocks, books, etc.) are utilized in language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, scientific thinking, social and emotional development, physical development and the arts.
Pre-Kindergarten Language Arts introduces a variety of emergent reader activities to Brookstone's newest scholars. A Letter Person arrives each week and students track and write upper and lower case letters, cut out the letters, and color the Letter People while discovering the letters' special sounds and features. A story, poem or song comes with each of the Letter People enhancing listening skills and encouraging students to identify rhyming words, retell sequence of events, and identify specific details. The highlight of Pre-Kindergarten is the letter People Show at the end of the year. Parents, grandparents, and friends come from far and near to see this performance on the Brookstone Stage.
Our math curriculum provides a hands on approach to math skills through discovering patterns and shapes with unifix cubes and pattern blocks, learning more or less through graphing, creating geometric shapes with geoboards and geobands, and learning to classify and sort with manipulatives such as animals for "A" or turkeys for "T." Focus is on number recognition, writing the numbers 1-20, one-to-one correspondence, and rote counting to 100.
Students learn basic map skills, occupations, simple geography terms, and are introduced to the states by the corresponding letter. Social studies units are chosen to reinforce the Letter of the Week and outside resource people such as nurses, firemen, storytellers, and other exciting guests come to visit.
Students are introduced to science units emphasizing animal habitats, weather, life cycles (frog and butterfly), insects, health, and basic body parts. Science units are chosen to reinforce the Letter of the Week. In Mr. Sam Pate's science class, students discover and see wildlife.
Music appreciation is taught through songs, rhythm instruments, movement, and dance. Songs are chosen to reinforce the Letter of the Week.
During center time, art activities revolve around the newest letter and might include creating art projects with playdough, printing with objects, or painting, drawing, and cutting.
A weekly visit to the computer lab introduces four year olds to basic computer skills including: locating and learning the purpose of the space bar, enter key, arrow keys, backspace key, and letter keys on the computer keyboard; using a mouse to point and click, click and drag, to select desired icons; and scrolling within a scroll box; using menus and learning basic computer parts. Students learn basic LAN skills such as user ID and password. Math and pre-reading skills are reinforced through age appropriate computer programs.
A visit to Spanish class gives four year olds an opportunity to learn about people in Spanish speaking countries. The children are introduced to nursery rhymes and children's stories from Spain and Latin America. Spanish skills introduced are greetings and introductory remarks, alphabet and vowels, (with heavy emphasis on phonics), counting numbers 0-20, colors, numbers 1-10, calendar, Letter People in Spanish, days of the week, months of the year, parts of the body as they relate to the song, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes", clothing song, food song, and family members.
A weekly trip to the library brings a good story and books for the classroom bookshelf. A weekly trip to the library brings a good story and books for the classroom bookshelf. The story goes along with an area of study, either in the PreK rooms, such as a particular letter or number, or in the school at large, such as a character trait, or a particular holiday. Library skills include listening to stories, sharing and choosing books, reading/looking quietly, following directions, sitting in place, and checking out books on the teacher's card. Students learn about arrangement of easy fiction books, parts of a book, care of books, spine label and its part (E fiction); keeping a classroom library and returning books from the room; author and illustrator; what and where are libraries; and sections of the library.