This year in pre-school will be a tremendous time of growth for your little one. We will be working on using a proper pencil/crayon grasp, using scissors properly, identifying & writing letters, learning sound-to-letter matches (early phonics), identifying & writing numbers, counting with one-to-one correspondence, early math concepts, recording numeric data, & learning about patterns. We are big believers in a literature-rich & print-rich environment. Story comprehension & literature response will be an important part of our reading experiences. Speaking & listening skills are essential to a child’s success in school & we will be developing these skills in a nurturing environment. Scientific investigations will also be a part of the curriculum. Early social studies concepts, basic computer-use, developing gross motor skills, music, & the arts will all be included in the curriculum as well.
All of the Clarence School District UPK sites have adopted the curricular program, “BIG DAY for pre-k” (a pre-school curriculum produced by Scholastic). “BIG DAY for pre-k” provides a consistent framework for all District UPK sites; but our curriculum will also be infused with elements specific to our teacher & her purposeful planning. As a Clarence Central School District Universal Pre-School Site, we are responsible for developing a curriculum that reflects the New York State Learning Standards. We also work closely with the Clarence Central School District which helps to shape our curriculum.
Our UPK Report Card is generated by Clarence Central School District working in conjunction with a teaching committee (including Mrs. Kirisits), to reflect the New York State Common Core Standards for Pre-Schoolers.
12:00 p.m.-12:20 p.m. Meet & Greet, Sign-In, Table Time- Fine motor manipulatives/toys & Visual motor activities (puzzles, drawing, writing)…
12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Calendar, Music, Circle Time-Theme driven, early math & ELA lessons, Story...
1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Choice Time-Housekeeping, Computer, Painting, Craft, Writing Easel, Dramatic Play, Train Table, Sand & Water Tables, Indoor Climber, Puppet Theatre, Journals, Art & Craft, Small Group extension of Circle Time lesson...
1:35 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Show & Tell
1:45 p.m.-2:05 p.m. Snack Time & Library Time
2:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Good-bye Circle-Story, Summary of Day, Introduction of materials being sent home… or Outside Time!
We welcome and encourage family members to come into the classroom and volunteer. Families complete a questionaire and this lets us know if anyone in the family is interested in volunteering & if so, how often. The volunteer could be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, nanny… If a family is not able to volunteer, this is fine also. Siblings are not permitted in the classroom when you are volunteering as a Family Helper (often referred to as “Mom of the Day” or “Dad of the Day”).