Five Year Old Pre-Kindergarten in Mars, PA

five year old pre kindergarten programWe pride ourselves in exceeding state standards in the academic program we provide for our Pre-Kindergarten students.

 

Children have fun in a Christian atmosphere which allows them to explore, experiment and make connections among concepts at our daycare facility in Mars, PA.

Small and large group instructional activities are easily facilitated in our Pre-Kindergarten academic area. This is all part of our five day academic program. A structured schedule is followed three days a week, which allows for reading, math, language and motor skills development. Number strategies and methods are used to accomplish our academic goals. Our proven success has helped thousands of children get a great start with their academics. These families live in Mars, Wexford, Cranberry and the many other surrounding communities.

Pre-Kindergarten in Wexford, Cranberry, Mars and other Surrounding Communities.
Our K5 Pre-Kindergarten program is successful because we have years of experience and many staff that has been dedicated to working at Vision Childcare, some for 20 years. Our safe and secure facility allows children to develop their academic skills in a fun environment.

Our K5 Pre-Kindergarten Daycare
• Our K5 daycare is an academic program designed for your child to learn in a comfortable, fun, Christian environment
• Christian program with blessings, Christian songs, memorize scripture verses, learning children’s Bible courses, learning to apply biblical principles to life
• We serve your provided breakfast to your child until 8am
• Our academic program begins after breakfast at 9am and runs to 12 noon everyday.
• For those students who need to catch the Mars bus for kindergarten, lunch is served at 11:30 so they are prepared for the Mars bus at 12:15
• Lunch is at noon for the rest of the class
• After lunch a recess is scheduled and then afternoon academics begin, which is a literature based program called Five in a Row until 3:00p.m
• From 3 to 4:30 the K5 class will go outside weather permitting
• Afternoon snack is scheduled for 4:30 then supervised free play
• Separate playground from younger children
• Our staff is 100% CPR certified and first-aid certified, which exceeds state requirements
• Safe & Secure buildings and grounds
• We have a flexible attendance. Many childcare facilities throughout Wexford, Cranberry and the surrounding communities charge full-time rates even if you desire part-time attendance. Vision Childcare works with families providing the best childcare options within your budget constraints

Goals for 5 Year Pre-Kindergarten

Spiritual Development

  • Memorize scripture verses
  • Learning children’s Bible courses
  • Learning to apply biblical principles to life

Math Development

  • Number systems, relationships, computation, estimation
  • Count to 100 by ones and tens
  • Represent a given number up to 20 with one-to-one correspondence up to and including 20 with manipulative
  • Use manipulative to demonstrate a one-to-one correspondence up to and including 20
  • Create sets of 10 with manipulative
  • Count, read and write whole number 1 – 20
  • Use manipulative to find before, after and between on a number line of values 1 – 20
  • Identify pennies and dimes
  • Estimate how many objects are in a group
  • Explore concepts of addition and subtraction by joining and separating sets
  • Combine two sets of objects (up to five) and two equal piles
  • Use manipulative to two sets of the same number ( 1 and 3 is four, 2 and 2 is four) then count to determine sum
  • Use math language to explain work (equals, sum, difference, add, subtract, less, more, equal, same)
  • Identify purposes for a different mathematical symbols (+,-,and, =)

Measurement

  • Understand spatial concepts (over, under, beside, in , out, around, on and between, above, top, bottom)
  • Collect/compare two classroom objects and compare them by length, height and weight
  • Estimate and measure objects using non-standard items such as paper clips, unifix cubes, new pencils and coins
  • Determine the length and height of objects using non-standard units (hands, shoe lengths, etc.)
  • Describe the instruments used for measuring time, length, weight, volume and temperature
  • Participate using the calendar
  • Identify the season, month, date of today, tomorrow and yesterday
  • Use math vocabulary comparisons terms when making predictions regarding the quantity, size and shape of objets (size of object, size of container, comparisons of size of containers –big, bigger, small, smaller, quart, pint, gallon, cup)
  • Identify use of measurement in everyday situations

Problem Solving

  • Identify a problem and analyze possible solutions to solve problems occurring in and out of the classroom
  • Describe the necessary steps to solve a problem
  • Use different strategies/approaches to solve daily problems occurring in and out of the classroom
  • Solve a simple problem

Data Analysis/Probability

  • Gather organize and display data on a bar graph and/or pictograph
  • Analyze data, answer questions and form opinions based on information presented on a chart or graph
  • State and explain the likelihood of an event using the term: likely, unlikely or certain
  • Compare sets of data using concepts of largest, smallest, most and least
  • Explain if an event is fair/unfair
  • Identify, describe and extend patterns based on shape, size, color, sound or number

Geometry

  • Identify common two and three dimensional geometric shapes and create these using concrete objects (pattern blocks, geoboards and tranagrams)
  • Explore symmetry in nature (leaves, butterflies)
  • Identify/create a reflection
  • Explore slide, flips and turns

Language Development

  • Distinguish a letter from a sound
  • Differentiate words and spaces
  • Tell the difference between upper and lower case letters
  • Distinguish first and last letter in a word and first and last word in a sentence
  • Locate punctuation marks including periods, question marks, exclamation points and commas
  • Participate in learning centers with alphabet cards, words to learn and alphabet word math activity and directional activity with three step outlined from top to bottom
  • Clap words in a sentence and syllables in a word
  • Tell whether sounds are the same/different
  • Identify, sort and provide initial sounds in words
  • Recognize, identify and produce rhyming words
  • Repeat and recite fingerplays, rhymes and songs daily
  • Listen for rhyming words in stories, poems and individual word pairs
  • Identify and produce sentences with rhyming
  • Identify and produce words that begin with the same sound
  • Identify and produce sentences that begin with alliteration
  • Segment phonemes to form words
  • Blend sounds to make a spoken word
  • Develop knowledge of letters and their sounds (alphabetic principle)
  • Name, describe and talk about new concepts
  • Engage in conversation, with a variety of partners, using the key vocabulary words
  • Define a word, using descriptive words, use synonyms and /or antonyms
  • Identify designated words in print in a variety of texts
  • Practice reading a word wall or sight words
  • Use personal pronouns in conversations (Today…Yesterday…Tomorrow…)
  • Expand their use of language-answer questions, and information, use explanations and descriptions
  • Use expressive language that includes new vocabulary, pronouns, descriptive words and complex sentence structures

Writing Development

  • Write upper and lower case letters of the alphabet independently attending to the form and proper spacing of the letters
  • Create a focus for a “piece” of writing
  • Share a story with a partner
  • Finish story
  • Brainstorm ideas to use for a topic
  • Brainstorm detail /additional information to support the topic
  • Compose sentences through dictation, pictures and /or words with one central topic
  • Use phonics skills when composing words
  • Arrange ideas in a logical order
  • Use magic lines for unknown words
  • Include a beginning, middle, and an end when telling a story
  • Complete an idea to include a subject and a verb
  • Use spaces between words
  • Write left to right and top to bottom
  • Use descriptive words and verbs
  • Use resources to spell correctly (environmental print word walls)
  • Use editor checklist
  • Read, re-read sentences and story to oneself, a classmate, and/or an adult
  • Cut and paste ideas
  • Take pride in authoring a page of a class book
  • Arrange the finished work into an individual book
  • Participate in group interactive and shared writing experiences
  • Include the main idea and details in oral descriptions and drawings
  • Tell a story in the correct sequence (use graphic organizers web, Venn diagram KWL, etc.)
  • Select appropriate illustrations to accompany the story
  • Include illustrations depicting the story content as well as characters and setting of the story
  • Make lists, record facts, write letters, create descriptions and/or draw pictures to share important information about a topic
  • Differentiate (tell difference between) a fact and opinion during writing and group discussions

Science

  • Identify and describe what parts make up a whole. (complete a variety of puzzles, etc.)
  • Identify how a part relates to the whole in both natural and human-made objects. (study common plant parts to identify and explain relationship to whole etc.)
  • Identify natural patterns in leaves, inside of shells, coats of animals, etc.
  • Develop beginning of understanding of patterns and how to use them to make predictions
  • Explore the concept of scale (use recyclables to make a model of items from real life, e.g. dinosaurs, boats, planes)
  • Begin to use symbols to represent size (use blocks and other manipulatives to recreate common structures seen in the neighborhood.
  • Recognize, explain, change and examine through simple observation and recording
  • Develop simple understanding about motion
  • Describe change ot objects caused by heat, cold, light or chemicals
  • Form, conduct and observe simple science experiments
  • Use the scientific method when analyzing/interpreting simple science experiments
  • Identify the similarities, differences, and processes of living things
  • Sort animals according to their coverings/habitats
  • Identify the basic needs plants and animals to survive
  • Classify animals by their external characteristics
  • Recognize/observe process of living things over a period of time (butterfly, plants from bulbs or seeds, etc.)
  • Sort and classify common classroom materials or household items by solid, liquid or gas
  • Know that matter is mass that occupies space
  • Demonstrate an understanding that combining two or more substances can make new materials with different properties
  • Explore basic energy types and sources
  • Explore variations of sound
  • Identify air as a source of movement
  • Identify flat land, hills and mountains
  • Distinguish between three types of each: soil, rock, and sand
  • Distinguish between different types of precipitation, clouds and fog and how daily weather affects plants, animals and daily human life
  • Explore thermometers as tools for measuring temperature
  • Identify stream, river, lake and ocean
  • Explore the difference between fresh and saltwater bodies
  • Identify a variety of uses for water
  • Experiment with simple machines
  • Identify and use appropriate tools for different classroom projects or science experiments
  • Identify basic needs of people
  • Identify products that come from nature
  • Identify ways to conserve
  • Identify litter and its effect on the environment
  • Understand the components of agriculture and the components of the farming system (farmer’s role animals, buildings, land)
  • Identify and categorize living and non-living things
  • Begin to understand concept of cycles
  • Explain how humans can change their environment or their behavior to live and human activities that affect it
  • Understand how laws and regulations can protect the environment

Social Studies Goals

  • Identify, discuss and explain the importance of rules related to school community and home and what happens when they’re broken
  • Understand/identify the visible roles that government serves
  • Identify personal rights and responsibilities at school
  • Identify and examine services performed by, but not limited to local government
  • Identify role of people in a community and what they do to make a living
  • Identify scarcity as the concept that all resources are limited (i.e. why all of us can’t have everything we want)
  • Explain why people work
  • Identify the following geography tools: map, globe, map elements, diagrams, photograph, map key
  • Identify physical properties of a plan: swamp, hills, mountains, bodies of water such as ponds and lakes and human forms such as highways and bridges
  • Create a timeline to develop an understanding of historical interpretation of own family and lineage
  • Dramatize stories of history
  • Identify important individuals, songs and symbols that contributed to U.S. history (George Washington, Native Americans, U.S. Flag, Pledge of Allegiance, etc.)
  • Identify and discuss important documents artifacts and sites in U.S. history (Declaration of Independence, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, etc.)

Health

  • Identify and describe ways individuals grow physically, socially and emotionally
  • Identify and locate basic body parts and body organs and their functions
  • Describe why the body needs food
  • Recognize/describe how foods can be grouped
  • Develop and understanding of the importance of eating healthy and drinking the right amount of water
  • Begin how to properly use medicine and identify childhood illnesses (germs spreading)
  • Identify ways to prevent illness
  • Identify people that help to keep us healthy and safe
  • Identify items in the environment that can be harmful
  • Recognize and understand various safety issues (including fire safety, bicycling safety, safety in the home, etc.)

Reading

  • Develop print (book knowledge and conventions)
  • Holds a book correctly
  • Recognize the front and back of a book
  • Distinguish print from picture
  • Use illustrations and print to gain meaning
  • Demonstrate left to right page sequence
  • Demonstrate top to bottom page orientation
  • Identify the title, title page, author and illustrator
  • Identify and preview cover of a book
  • Demonstrate return sweep
  • Demonstrate one-to-one correspondence
  • Distinguish a letter from a word
  • Differentiate words and spaces
  • Tell whether environmental sounds are the same or different
  • Tell whether speech sounds are the same or different
  • Isolate initial consonant sounds in single-syllable words
  • Orally segment the onset and rhyme of single-syllable words
  • Segment and count individual phonemes in a single syllable word including CV words and other two to four phoneme words
  • Substitute sounds to form new words
  • Blend sounds to make a spoken word
  • Apply knowledge of sounds and letters when reading
  • Read phonetically
  • Listen to models of fluent reading
  • Read from familiar texts with fluency (rate, accuracy, and expression)
  • Recite nursery rhymes, poems, and finger plays with fluency (appropriate rate and expression)
  • Use understanding of end punctuation to “read like you’re talking”
  • Name and describe new concepts
  • Acquire a reading vocabulary consisting of common words
  • Listen to new vocabulary in multiple contexts in order to understand new words and concepts
  • Discuss unknown words and word meanings
  • Retell important facts in text
  • Identify the main idea/message of the text
  • Identify how someone might use the text
  • Complete, with teacher assistance, KWL charts before, during and after reading
  • Determine important ideas and messages in informational text
  • Distinguish between different forms of texts and the functions they serve
  • Distinguish fiction from nonfiction
  • Identify how text features help us to find information (title, table of contexts, headings and subheadings, bold print, charts, diagrams, etc.)
  • Use background knowledge to assist in comprehension
  • Understand and respond to a variety of literary selections that are read listened to or viewed
  • Monitor comprehension (understanding what is read) while viewing, listening to and reading literary selections
  • Describe the role of people, places, and things in a story
  • Tell a story in the correct sequence
  • Select appropriate illustrations to accompany the story
  • Draw or write informational sentences using illustrations when relevant
  • Differentiate between fact and opinion
  • Listen responsively to directions, stories and conversations
  • Speak clearly enough to be understood by most listeners
  • Ask and answer relevant questions and share experiences individually and in groups
  • Initiate and respond appropriately to conversations and discussions

Self-Concept Development

  • Is aware of self and one’s own preferences
  • Show independence in a wide range of activities
  • Know and state independent thoughts and feelings
  • Try new experiences with confidence and independence
  • Show pride in accomplishments
  • Self-Reliance Development
  • Recognize and label feelings
  • Express feelings, needs, opinions, and wants that are appropriate to the situations
  • Understand consequences of own behavior
  • Follow rules and routines in classrooms and other settings
  • Use materials with purpose, safety and respect
  • Pay attention as required by the task
  • Make transitions between activities
  • Follow adult directions
  • Choose materials and activities independently

Social Interaction Development

  • Know and state independent thoughts and feelings
  • Enter into and initiate play with peers
  • Seek help from peers and adults when needed
  • Cooperate in small and large group activities for a sustained time
  • Take turns in games and tasks
  • Share materials when appropriate
  • Showing increasing abilities to resolve conflicts with peers
  • Shows nurturing behaviors through helpfulness to others