Learning Without Tears “Get Set for School” is a curriculum that includes three complete programs designed to prepare children for school: Readiness & Writing, Language & Literacy, and Numbers & Math. The developmentally appropriate programs complement and expand our existing Highscope Pre-K program. Each classroom uses Learning Without Tears’ proven strategies:
Multisensory approach that addresses different learning styles
Developmental progression that builds on what children already know
Friendly voice that connects with children
Engaging lessons that invite active participation
Readiness & Writing:
This program incorporates child-friendly teaching strategies, such as using music and movement to bring lessons to life, and multisensory manipulatives to build fine and gross motor skills. Our readiness and writing lessons teach body awareness, cooperation, taking turns, listening, crayon grip, drawing, building, letter and number recognition, capital letter and number formation.
Physical development and social/behavioral skills are particularly important in Pre-K. In fact, children need to develop both fine and gross motor skills to be able to write. All these skills are critical to good emotional and social development and future academic performance.
Addresses children’s diverse learning styles for school readiness and pre-writing. Teaches activities easily that address general readiness, alphabet knowledge, letter/number recognition and formation, counting, drawing, shapes, and colors.
Numbers & Math:
We demystify numbers and make math concepts relevant and fun for children. With playful manipulatives, music, and rhymes, our numbers and math program teaches counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem solving, and even Pre-K geometry skills.
The program helps students build number sense right from the start. They also get time to play with real objects and test their ideas so that math becomes real and meaningful. Children also develop oral language that helps them learn about and express math concepts.
Language & Literacy:
Children begin developing language skills from the moment they are born. Our language and literacy program actively teaches syllables, names and sounds of letters, words linked to content, new words in spoken language, how to respond to simple questions, and how to have discussions and share ideas.
The program focuses on building rich Vocabulary so that children learn a word’s meaning and what a word represents so they begin to understand the network of concepts that goes with it. Children also learn the difference between drawing and writing, associate books with reading, ‘read’ environmental print, and ultimately learn the many benefits of early reading and writing.
Children also learn to identify letter symbols, both capital and lowercase, by letter names. They learn how these "symbols" work together to form printed words and how printed words related to spoken language.
Our 3-day Kinder Prep program follows many of the same techniques, curriculum, and teaching guidelines as the Transitional Kindergarten classroom. Please see or click on the Transitional Kindergarten class for curriculum details.
*Extended care options are available at an additional charge.
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