Preschool / Pre-Kindergarten
Welcome to Our Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Program!
Our kindergarten-readiness curriculum uses an outcomes-based, learning experiences approach to support children’s development of essential school-readiness skills. This comprehensive approach prepares children to enter kindergarten with the language, early literacy, mathematics, social and emotional, physical, and cognitive skills necessary for success.
Teachers create opportunities for exploration to help children build a foundation of literacy, math, and science skills. Through hands-on activities, teachers encourage discoveries in the developmental areas of social and emotional, language (including a handwriting curriculum), small and large motor, sensory, and cognitive development.
The HighReach Learning Curriculum for Threes and Pre-K® curriculum balances teacher-directed instruction with child-initiated explorations and projects to enhance learning opportunities. Teachers use weekly themes to create lesson plans and literacy plans to provide activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. The lessons include a focus on colors, shapes, numbers, letters, self-help skills, and character-building skills. Teachers tap into children’s natural curiosity using the K-W-L (Know, Want to Know, Learned) method. Teachers gain children’s background knowledge as children share what they already know about a topic. Teachers obtain information from children regarding what they want to know about the topic to delve deeper into the topic and incorporate that into the lesson plans and learning centers. At the conclusion of each theme, teachers and children explore what they learned. It is a wonderful way to provide meaningful learning opportunities.
Preschool teachers use the ez Write® handwriting program with the children. Ez Write® is a research-based, developmentally appropriate handwriting program that engages all learning styles. The program encourages “automaticity” or the ability to retrieve and produce letters automatically. It is based on research showing that handwriting competency can have dramatic effects on academic achievement and self-esteem. Handwriting is the hands-on way that children learn to read. Teachers incorporate hands-on art, music, large motor and small motor activities; for example, using a paint dabber, singing songs with movements, and displaying posters so children can trace the strokes. There is also a strong home/center connection built into the program. Worksheets go home with instructions to teach parents how to form the letters.
The preschool classroom revolves around the following nine learning centers:
• Math and science
• Large motor
• Music and movement
• Dramatic play
Teachers design hands-on activities to enhance learning opportunities in each learning center. From letter of the week exploration in group time to active play in learning centers, teachers create a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities and a balance of individual attention with group experiences to ensure that children are developing to their fullest potential.
Communication with Parents
Every day, you will receive updated information via Daily Connect* as well as an email of your child’s schedule, activities, and development. This open communication is ongoing throughout your child’s experience at New Horizon Academy.
*Daily Connect app/website which allows our teachers to chart your child's day and send messages and photos to you via e-mail. You will receive updates about your child's feeding, diaper changes, and sleeping times. You are also welcome to use Daily Connect to send your child's teacher a message.
Supporting Children’s Development
Because ongoing evaluation is an integral part of the education process, New Horizon Academy uses the nationally recognized and award-winning Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment for assessing each child’s development. The assessment focuses on children’s strengths and provides an accurate picture of each child’s emerging skills. Our comprehensive assessment system helps our teachers be intentional in their teaching by accurately pinpointing where children are in their development and learning. Our teachers use the results of the assessment to design an individual development plan for each child to promote the school readiness of the child. Information is shared with families during formal conferences twice a year (in the spring and fall). Our center director, assistant director, and/or teachers are available for a conference at any time.
The Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms at New Horizon Academy are places where Preschoolers and Pre-Kindergarteners can grow and learn every day by exploring and making new discoveries.