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Enriched Literacy and Learning Program
A brief overview and summary of the Meadows Academy Enriched Literacy and Learning Program is presented below.
Child must be 4 years old by September 30th of school year and toilet trained by the first day of school.
Primary Core Virtue
Specific Learning Outcomes
Goals include the following:
• Learn childrenʼs bible stories and songs.
• 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/write consonant-bowel blends (e.g., ba, be, bi, bo, bu) and practice for mastery.
• Read/write consonant-vowel-consonant words (e.g., cat, hat, sat, mat, rat) and practice reading 110 DOLCH sight words.
• Understand spatial concepts (e.g., identify circle, square, triangle, oval) and rote count numbers 0 to 20.
• Identify number concepts from 0 to 20 (e.g., count, color, trace, and write numbers 0 to 20).
Sample Classroom Experiences
Specific experiences include the following:
• Talk about the world and environment (e.g., how plants grow, animals and their habitats, or characteristics of animals).
• Build language skills by repeating simple rhymes, songs, or finger plays.
• Participate in well-organized early literacy activities focused on phonics, writing, comprehension, songs, and rhymes to ensure literary success.
• Develop number skills through songs like “Ten Little Indians” or “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,
• Enhance spatial intelligence through art activities such as drawing, painting, coloring, sculpting, and hands-on art projects.
• Chat with the teacher on a one-on-one basis to assess progress on specific activities from the Virtue of the Month Program at home and/or in school.
What Children Do at the Preschool Stage (Older 4ʼs)
Typical behavior and development include:
• Children at this stage are able to articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly using detailed descriptions of what they know, see, and hear.
• They know a lot of words in the vocabulary and can even say “clichés”.
• Children understand the concept of rhyming words and can make up their own words and funny rhymes that do not mean anything.
• They imagine creative things and express their ideas through playing and sharing make-believe stories.
• They can read, write, and say the alphabet. They also recognize other sight words and numbers.
• They can draw simple shapes and images like a circle, oval, face, sun, flower, vertical and horizontal lines.
• Children have 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.
• They can use a spoon, fork, and knife as well as drink from a small paper cup.
• They can run, dance, hop, and jump with increasing coordination.
• They show good manners and right conduct.
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