Pre Kindergarten Program
MINNIELAND ACADEMY’S PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM PROVIDES THE FINAL LEARNING STEPPING STONES TO KINDERGARTEN READINESS.
Children are provided with the skills, experiences and concepts necessary to launch them into a successful school career. Items contained in the Virginia Department of Education's Foundation Blocks for Early Learning are included in the curricula and assessment instruments used by the teachers. Particular emphasis is given to reading, writing and math readiness as children participate in several group times throughout the day that include components of each.
Our primary curriculum source for teaching language and listening skills is More Story Stretchers. Children begin to recognize their name in written form and develop social skills through interaction. Math concepts are taught through theCount On Math curriculum, where children learn math skills by interacting with a variety of manipulative toys. Our classrooms are designed for exploration enabling a child to build with blocks and other materials, pretend in the home living area, paint a masterpiece, and explore books. Coming together for music and songs, science, story time and poetry, these preschoolers develop confidence in being part of a group.
DAY IN THE LIFE OF PRE KINDERGARTEN AT MINNIELAND ACADEMY
Arrival Time: Center Play is available as the children gather until breakfast is served.
Circle Time: Children sing a song, recite a poem and/or a movement activity.
Learning Center Time: Learning Center time with child facilitated activities. Centers include: home living/dramatic play, blocks, sensory and water, Science, Math, art, table toys, a book school and computer area.
Group Time: Hands on experiences related to skills and concepts. More Story Stretchers and Count On Math activities occur during this time.
Outdoor Play: Pre Kindergarteners go outside at least twice a day to enjoy our large creative playgrounds.
Lunch: Family style dining is offered where children assist in the table preparation, service and clean up.
Story Time: A featured story usually related to the theme of the week.
Naptime: Children are offered time to rest or take a nap.
Transition Activities/Snack: Children transition from nap time through activities. Snack is provided.
Learning Center Time II: Learning Center time with child facilitated activities. Centers include: home living/dramatic play, blocks, water sensory, table toys, a book school, a computer area, and academic centers for exploring Science, Math, and Art.
Departure: Parents are greeted upon arrival, transition from activities provided.