(Level 2)

The Preschool Class at Oak Park Day School in Garland empowers little minds to develop great skills and habits that will assist them in moving toward independent activity.

Team teaching in the preschool class allows children to function as part of a large group while maintaining more personal attention. The class has two groups of 12 students who are led by two tenured Oak Park teachers.

The day is organized in 30-minute increments of circle time, reading time, creative play, recess, snack time, nap time, and special activities. This allows students to move between sedentary and action-based learning to keep bodies and minds stimulated.

Preschoolers learn their letters and numbers. They identify and learn to draw shapes and learn to use words to express thoughts and feelings.

(1) Learning COLORS
– Circle Time: Flashcards (Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, White, Black, Brown, Gray, Purple, Pink, and Orange)
– Combining Primary Colors (examples: Yellow + Blue = Green, Red + Blue = Purple, Red + Yellow = Orange)

(2) Introducing PRIMARY SHAPES
– Circle Time: Flashcards (Circle, Square, Triangle, & Rectangle)
– Playing Games in Centers to reinforce lessons

(3) Learning LETTERS & their SOUNDS
– Circle Time: Flashcards
– Playing Games in Centers to reinforce lessons
– Introduce tracing numbers and how to correctly hold a pencil

(4) Identifying NUMBERS (1-50)
– Circle Time: Flashcards
– Playing Games in Centers to reinforce lessons
– Introduce tracing numbers and how to correctly hold a pencil

(5) COUNTING (1-50) forward and backward
– Circle Time: Flashcards
– Playing games in Centers to reinforce lessons

(6) Building Early READING SKILLS
– Circle Time: Flashcards (Examples: Where are they? In a store, airport, or restaurant?)
– Reading very short stories aloud in class and asking questions to develop comprehension and cognitive skills.

(7) These children are COMPLETELY POTTY TRAINED
– Children are able to decide for themselves when they need to use the restroom and are able to do so without assistance from the teacher. They are also able to clean themselves without assistance.

(8) Building MOTOR SKILLS
– Throwing a ball, catching a ball, jumping, tumbling, balancing, etc

– Learning to group similar items (clothes, fruits, shapes, etc) utilizes the same part of the brain we use for Algebra

(10) Developing DEXTERITY
– Introduce how to properly hold a large crayon, paint brush, eating utensils, etc.

– Sitting properly at a table
– Asking instead of grabbing

(12) Learn about FEELINGS and the different MOODS
– Happy, Sad, Mad, Scared, Surprised, etc.

(13) Encouraging CREATIVITY and IMAGINATION through ART
– Painting, Coloring, Moulding, Tracing, Cutting, etc

(14) Exploring SCIENCE and the World around us
– Playing in the Science Center
– Weekly Projects and Experiments
– Introduction to Nature, Weather, Magnets, Habitats, the Solar System, Body Parts, Food and Nutrition, etc.

(15) Learning through MUSIC
– Music Class with Mr. Chris every Thursday Afternoon
– Singing and listening to songs daily to teach children: days of the week, months, and how to spell color words
– Singing and listening to songs to encourage imagination and creativity

(16) Introduction to SPANISH
– Spanish class once a week to introduce children to basic conversation, colors, body parts, etc.