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What Happens in Pre-K. The children will tell you that they played all day! The truth behind their play……. HOW???. Brain Research 101 . The Brain likes rich experiences, novelty, and challenges. You must engage young children with activities that are playful and fun!

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What happens in pre k
What Happens in Pre-K

The children will tell you that they played all day!

The truth behind their play……


What happens in pre k
HOW???

Brain Research 101

  • The Brain likes rich experiences, novelty, and challenges. You must engage young children with activities that are playful and fun!

  • Sensory stimulation is critical- the more pathways you activate to the brain, the more likely the message will get there.


What happens in pre k

Children need a safe, secure environment with caring, consistent relationships and positive role models.


What happens in pre k

Nutrition, water, and rest impact children’s learning. consistent relationships and positive role models.


What happens in pre k
Repetition is important, but there must be feedback to insure the right information gets stored in the brain.


What happens in pre k
Talk, Talk, Talk. Sing, Sing, Sing! Read, Read, Read! Language is the foundation of literacy and a natural way to learn.


Everyone s brain is unique one size doesn t fit all
Everyone’s brain is unique. One size doesn’t fit all! Language is the foundation of literacy and a natural way to learn.


What happens in pre k


What happens in pre k
Summary of Findings from the National Early Literacy Report, 2008These skills were found to be predictive of literacy achievement:

Alphabetic Knowledge

Phonological Awareness

Rapid Automatic Naming

Writing or Writing Name

Phonological Memory

Concepts about Print

Print Knowledge

Reading Readiness

Oral Language/ Vocabulary

Visual Processing


Yackity yack oral language
Yackity 2008Yack!Oral Language


Oral language
Oral Language 2008

  • Giving Children time to “play” and communicate with friends in learning centers.

  • Modeling complete sentences and good grammar.


What happens in pre k


What happens in pre k


What happens in pre k

Finger plays, rhymes, songs, chants, and poems. to say.

Show, share, and then some!




It looks like i m playing but
It Looks Like I’m Playing But… language of books.

  • Dramatic Play- I am developing social skills, emotional skills, independence, oral language, imagination, responsibility, and the executive function. I may use these skills as a mother, father, safety officer, or politician one day.


It looks like i m playing but1
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Blocks- I am developing motor skills, math concepts (number, size, shape, space), oral language, social skills, eye-hand coordination, self control, and my imagination. I may be a builder or architect when I’m grown.


It looks like i m playing but2
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Art- I am developing my creativity, small motor skills, problem solving, sharing, cooperation, independence and responsibility. I may use these skills as an artist, illustrator, or designer one day.


It looks like i m playing but3
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Math- I am developing oral language, social skills, small motor skills, concepts about quantity, shapes, size, and pattern, and an interest in math. I may use these tools as a computer programmer, accountant, or mathematician in the future.


It looks like i m playing but4
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Library- I am developing alphabet knowledge, oral language, print knowledge, listening skills, eye-hand coordination, concepts about the world, and the desire to read. Maybe I’ll be a publisher, author, or librarian when I grow up.


It looks like i m playing but5
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Science- I am developing a curiosity about the world, sensory skills, problem solving, language skills, and experience with the scientific process (observing, predicting, experimenting, recording, reporting). If I’m a doctor, lab technician, pharmacist, or landscaper I will utilize these skills.


It looks like i m playing but6
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Rug Toys- I’m developing small muscles, eye-hand coordination, attention span, social skills, and concepts about size, shape, and color pattern. I might use these skills as a chef or dentist one day.


It looks like i m playing but7
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Language- I’m developing oral language, alphabet knowledge, print connections, phonological awareness, visual skills, book knowledge, phonics, and motivation to read. No matter what I become when I grow up, it will be important to know how to read.


It looks like i m playing but8
It Looks Like I’m Playing But…….. language of books.

  • Writing- I’m developing eye-hand coordination, small motor skills, alphabet knowledge, self confidence, vocabulary, and an interest in print. I might use these skills one day as a journalist, administrative assistant, or poet.


Our goal
Our Goal…. language of books.

  • Is to allow your child to have an enriching year that builds solid skills for reading, writing, and math. But more importantly, we both want your child to develop self- confidence and a love for learning!


What happens in pre k

Remember, you are your child’s first, best, and most important teacher. Let your child know that you are interested in what is going on at school.


What happens in pre k

Thank you for allowing us to work with your child this year and for allowing us to help them learn as they play.


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