Pre-Kindergarten is offered for 3 and 4-year-olds and is a great opportunity to build the foundation for problem solving in a fun and special environment. For most, this is the first school experience for children and so it is our goal to ensure that they receive a positive experience while preparing them for Kindergarten.
Our three and four-year old students focus on developing social skills, letter and number recognition, phonemic awareness, as well as introductory reading. Hands-on and Project-Based Learning exercises are emphasized which promote problem solving and understanding outcomes while promoting emergent literacy and math skills.
During STEAM lessons, students are active learners who participate in open-ended activities where they work through the process of defining a problem, brainstorming a possible solution, planning, creating, and improving on their plan. This process helps prepare them for their futures in fun and innovative ways.
Our overall goal is to stimulate growth and development in a fun way, using a hands-on approach and movement. Many activities are incorporated to help students learn the capital letters, numbers, shapes and colors. These activities include:
- Daily Christian Education lessons to promote spiritual growth
- Monthly thematic units of study
- Letter People Program to introduce letters and sounds
- Core Knowledge Writing Strokes
- Handwriting Without Tears curriculum
- Reading readiness promoted through stories and songs
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math)
- Activities to strengthen and promote fine and gross motor skills
- We build upon what was learned in PreK3.
- Daily Christian Education lessons focus on exploring people from the Bible
- Weekly thematic units of study
- Literacy Program includes: Oral Language, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Handwriting.
- Nursery rhymes, poems, finger plays and songs are used to develop a sense of rhyme and memorization skills.
- Students listen and participate in stories and develop awareness of book and print organization and an understanding of written print and its uses.
- Students learn a letter of the week, including its sounds and how to print both the capital and lowercase letters. Once they have learned the sounds they can blend those sounds together and begin to read.
- Students learn sight words and write in journals, including recording observations from STEAM experiences. They also practice reading from beginning readers.
- Weekly STEAM activities, combine two or more of the following subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. By drawing connections between these subjects and using the scientific process or engineer design process, students learn to question, investigate, analyze, and evaluate.
Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 Also Include:
- Daily physical education and/or recess
- The Daily Mile - walking outside for 15 minutes daily
- Fine Arts & Enrichment classes including:
- Art and Thematic Art
Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs is a fully accredited school through AdvancED.