Prekindergarten Program

Prekindergarten program for ages 4 – 5 Years

In the prekindergarten program, teachers are focused on preparing children for their next big adventure, kindergarten! We know what a child needs to be successful in the next stage of learning. So, we make sure that every child is prepared for a number of academic activities which may be introduced in a kindergarten setting. And, we also make sure they are on track with developing socially, cognitively, communicatively, and physically. This way, both you and your pre-kindergartener have the confidence needed to start on a new academic journey with a new school the following year.

Curriculum Used in the PreKindergarten Program

prekindergarten program at Ivy PrepThis age group can benefit from utilizing a number of different techniques. Because this age of children is being prepared for a future in further schooling beyond the prekindergarten program, they can benefit from being exposed to academic lessons now. So, we incorporate a curriculum known as S.T.E.A.M., which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Introducing these areas of study at this age will get a child to start developing an interest in gaining further knowledge. And, get them prepared to do so. While many aspects of these subjects may seem foreign to this age group, encouraging questioning and early involvement can jumpstart your child’s development.

Tracking Your Child’s Progress Throughout the PreKindergarten Program

Socially, we make sure a child:

  • Expresses feelings
  • Initiates activities with another child
  • Cooperates with other children, with assistance
  • Negotiates with peers
  • Approaches other children positively
  • States a position with a reason
  • Shows empathy
  • Uses pretend play to explore, practice, and understand social roles
  • Engages in cooperative play
  • Successfully transitions from one activity/ setting to the next
  • Shows concern for fairness
  • Describes own basic physical characteristics
  • Enjoys process of creating
  • Asks others for information
  • Investigates and experiments with materials
  • Uses “Why” to get information
  • Develops personal interest
  • Joins a play activity already in progress
  • Remains engaged in activities for at least 10 minutes
  • Makes up words, songs, or stories
  • Engages in extensive pretend play
  • Tells others about events that happened in the past
  • Works out problems

Communication is gauged by if a child:

  • Focuses on the meaning of words rather than grammar
  • Uses sentences
  • Responds appropriately to a request
  • Has a receptive vocabulary of a several hundred words
  • Asks the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Uses multiple words to explain an idea
  • Speech is entirely intelligible
  • Describes a task
  • Uses past tense
  • Responds to questions with verbal answers or gestures
  • Engages in conversation
  • Tells a short make-believe story, with assistance
  • Begins to draw representational figures
  • Identifies some individual letter in a text
  • Recognizes own printed name
  • Uses pictures to predict a story
  • Identifies major characters in story
  • Imitates common reading activities

prekindergarten program at Ivy PrepPhysically, we track if a child:

  • Crawls through a play tunnel or under tables
  • Throws a ball overhand with some accuracy
  • Catches large balls with two hands
  • Kicks a ball forward
  • Gallops with skill
  • Uses various drawing and art materials
  • Cutting skills progress from inaccurate cutting to proper grasp with some degree of accuracy
  • Completes increasingly complex puzzles
  • Writes name
  • Begins to write some recognizable letters or numbers
  • Demonstrates concepts through movement
  • Improves eye-hand coordination
  • Covers mouth when coughing
  • Washes and dries hands independently
  • Takes care of toileting needs and asks for assistance when needed

Cognitive development is tracked by if a child:

  • Asks “why” questions to show effort at understanding causation
  • Organizes objects by more than one pre-selected characteristic
  • Applies new information or vocabulary to an activity
  • Generates a strategy based on one learning event and extends it to a new learning opportunity
  • Uses symbols or pictures as representation for oral language
  • Engages in complex make-believe play
  • Names numerals up to 20 or more
  • Understands that numbers represent quantity
  • Recognizes the names of some numerals
  • Counts at least five objects in one to one correspondence without assistance
  • Tells what number comes before or after a given number up to ten
  • Estimates size
  • Labels objects using size words
  • Creates, builds, or draws shapes
  • Orders objects from smallest to largest
  • Creates patterns
  • Classifies objects
  • Uses positional words
  • Makes predictions
  • Retells a simple story or event in roughly sequential order
  • Knows first and last name
  • Names address and telephone number
  • Participates in music experiences

Ivy Prep Locations Which Offer Universal (State Funded) Pre-K

Ivy Prep Locations Which Offer Private Pre-K

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