Welcome to our MSAD #1 Pre-K Program. Pine Street Elementary School is home to two of three Pre-K classes in MSAD #1. Pre-K students attend school for five 2 ½ to 3 hour sessions per week, Monday through Friday.
We are pleased that you came to visit and learn more about our wonderful Pre-K Program! If you should have questions about the Pre-K Program at Pine Street Elementary School, please feel free to call the school at 764-8104, or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about registration, please contact our MSAD #1 Health Services Office at 764-8105.
Our mission at Pine Street Pre-K is to provide a comprehensive and effective early intervention program for four-year-olds in a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment. Our program fosters children’s physical, social, emotional, language development and general learning processes. We provide opportunities for children to make choices and decision, create, interact, play, communicate, and discover. Most importantly we want them to have fun, make new friends, and develop a love for learning at school.
Our vision is to prepare every child to enter school ready to learn and be successful lifelong learners. We believe that the key to success is school, family, and community involvement. We encourage parent and community volunteers to take an active partnership role within our classrooms on a regular basis.
Pre-K Reading Street Curriculum
Research tells us that children learn vocabulary directly and indirectly. Children at the Pre-K level expand their vocabularies by listening to adults read to them, but also by engaging in daily oral language activities. Every week children are introduced to six “amazing” words. The amazing words are words to expand and enhance children’s vocabularies and ultimately their comprehension of the text and the world around them. The words come directly from the main story or selection for the week. Children hear and interact with the words through the literature and the Talk With Me/ Sing With Me Charts.
The Talk With Me Charts provide an opportunity for children to see the Amazing Words in a visual context. They encourage children to make predictions about the meaning of new vocabulary on the chart. We also use the oral vocabulary routine to introduce and demonstrate, review, and apply the amazing words.
The Sing With Me Chart gives children the opportunity to use the amazing words in a song. Each song is sung to a familiar melody with the six amazing words used in the song.
One large component of the Reading Street series is print awareness. Children become aware of print surrounding them, and become familiar with skills such as tracking print from left to right, and top to bottom of a page, as well as recognizing punctuation and capitalization of letters. It also includes understanding the parts of a book and book handling skills. Children also recognize that pictures have meaning and help tell the story. Each week we work on one print awareness skill and review others, previously taught.
Each week, we read a featured selection that includes many different genres such as animal fantasy, concept books (shapes), traditional tales, fiction, and non-fiction. Different selections are presented, applying the same comprehension skills from the previous lessons.
Through questions and answers, children have to recall the story, complete a thought about the story, tell more about an illustration or idea in the story, relate the book to their own lives, or answer who, what, where, when, why, how questions about the story. This interactive reading strategy has proven to develop oral language skills in young children.
Centers and Small Groups
Centers and small groups make up a third of our day. It is a chance for the teacher and educational technician to work with small groups of children. Activities at center time are planned by the teacher around the story selection for the week. These activities are in the content areas of: art, music, math, science, social studies, health, writing, and motor skills.
Letters and Sounds/Language Arts
Children begin to recognize letters and identify rhymes by listening to and learning a song with a familiar tune each week using the Songs and Rhymes Chart.
Children are made more aware of environmental print through labeled items, signs, and book titles in the classroom. Each week children are also introduced to a new letter, through the use of Handwriting Without Tears and Animal ABC’s books.
Besides knowing what letters look like, children also are becoming familiar with phonological awareness. They become more aware of individual sounds in words and language as they compare and contrast initial sounds, listen for rhyming words, blending onset and rime and identify individual words in a sentence. In the final time slot of our daily lesson, we work on either shared writing or speaking and listening activities. The teacher models skills by thinking aloud while writing. Children are introduced to capitalization of letters, punctuation, spacing between words, and graphic organizers and how they relate to print as a whole.
The writing curriculum we introduce to students in Pre-K is called Handwriting Without Tears and it has won the Distinguished Achievement Award for the best children’s curriculum as well as a Teacher’s Choice Award from Learning Magazine.
This Pre–K curriculum develops coloring, drawing, counting, and handwriting readiness. The program uses music, multisensory learning materials and the “crayon only” Get Set for School workbook. During the year, we introduce new activities We also teach important pre-writing and alphabet skills. We work with upper case letters and numbers with wood pieces, chalk and dough.
If you would like more information about the Get Set for School™ program visit the Handwriting Without Tears® website; www.hwtears.com.