This is the entry point of the curriculum at GSA. The Pre-K student starts to study, acquire skills, and form attitudes from this level and then move on through the school. The individuality and abilities of the students are the guiding principles. Age-appropriate materials and tasks are provided in a caring and stimulating environment.
Pre-K students are guided at their pace to acquire mastery mostly (at their level) in these major areas:
Motor Skill: gross and fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, audio-visual perception, memory/recognition and retention, hammering, fixing puzzle, drama
Communication Skills: verbalizing, listening, making signs, letters and words mimicking sounds, writing, speaking, and facial expression
Pre-Reading Skills: alphabet recognition (Arabic and English) and writing, sounds of letters, sound recognition, rhyming, singing, story telling
Math Skills: manipulation of objects, shapes, numbers and numeration, puzzles, matching, arranging, measuring, solving problems, sets, notation, and grouping
Writing Skills: letter formation, rhythmic movement, eye-hand coordination, artistic activities, creative expression, and show and tell.
Language Skills: oral skills, listening, writing, drawing
Physical/Science: things around us living and non-living
Socializing/Emotional Skills: Sharing, caring, personal awareness, interaction, greeting, and courtesy
Classrooms are equipped with activity centers that help to stimulate the students and allow them to explore.
The Pre-K classes strive to educate the “whole” child. Children learn by doing. Parents, teachers, developmental psychologists, and others who work with young children have always known this.
Pre-K Curriculum at GSA
The Houghton Mifflin curriculum offered to Pre K 3 and Pre K 4 students is a hands-on, minds-on curriculum that is based on scientific research. Aligned with key Pre-K learning goals, it provides children with the foundational skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners. The comprehensive, integrated curriculum with age-appropriate resources includes ten engaging and child-centered themes that spark imaginations and a love of learning. The curriculum covers the skills included in the Florida VPK Education Standards and are typically demonstrated by the students towards the end of the VPK. The themes and descriptions are as follows:
Theme 1—Welcome to School!—children are engaged in activities that are focused on the beginning of school.
Theme 2—My Family, My Community—children are engaged in activities that are focused on their relatives and neighborhoods.
Theme 3—My Five Senses—children are engaged in activities that encourage them to explore the world using their senses.
Theme 4—Seasons All Around—children are engaged in activities that explore different types of weather and the changing seasons.
Theme 5—Animals Everywhere—children are engaged in activities that center on animals, their behavior, and their habitats.
Theme 6—Construction Zone—children are engaged in activities that encourage motor skills, creativity, and teamwork.
Theme 7—In the City, In the Country—children are engaged in activities that encourage investigation into country life and city life.
Theme 8—Let’s Move!—children are engaged in activities that encourage and develop motor skills, creativity, and teamwork.
Theme 9—Growing and Changing—children are engaged in activities that reveal how time changes the world around them—and how it changes them, too!
Theme 10—Ready for Kindergarten!—children are engaged in activities that revisit and review all of the things they have learned in PRE-K.