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Early Literacy and Learning Program
A brief overview and summary of the Meadows Academy Early Literacy and Learning Program is presented below.
Child must be 3 years old by September 30th of the school year and toilet trained by the first day of school.
Primary Core Virtue
Specific Learning Outcomes
Goals include the following:
• Gain a sense of right from wrong and integrate understanding into behavior.
• Recognize, identify, trace, and write the letters of the alphabet.
• Say the beginning and end sounds of consonants.
• Know the vowel sounds (i.e., a, e, i, o, u).
• Read consonant-vowel words (e.g., ba, be, bi, bo, bu) for beginners.
• Understand simple number concepts and can rote count from numbers 0 to 10.
Sample Classroom Experiences
Specific experiences include the following:
• Build language skills by repeating simple rhymes, songs, or finger plays.
• Practice reading phonics-based worksheets that will help teach a child to read three letter words (e.g., bat, cat, sat, hat, mat, rat).
• Develop number skills through songs like “Ten Little Indians” and “Five Little Monkeys”.
• Match sets containing up to five objects.
• Develop large muscle control and coordination, listening skills, and following directions via outdoor play and indoor music and movement exercises (e.g., jumping, running, hopping, catching and throwing a ball, dancing).
• Enhance spatial intelligence through art activities such as drawing, painting, coloring, sculpting, and hands-on art projects.
What Children Do at the Preschool Stage (3-4 Years)
Typical behavior and development include the following:
• Children at this stage start to ask questions (constantly) beginning with “why”.
• They begin to tell creative stories from their imagination.
• They are able to write their first names with large capital letters.
• Children start developing the ability to work on simple puzzles (e.g., mazes on paper), match shapes (e.g., circle, rectangle, triangle, and square), do simple patterns, and sort objects by size, shape or color.
• Fine motor skills are more developed and children can use scissors, for example, to cut a picture and paste the image on paper for artwork. They are able to push a toy stroller as well.
• They learn to get dressed independently with practice.
• They show good manners and right conduct.
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