"What are we learning?"
Preschool students ages 3-5 years old both with and without disabilities learn skills to prepare them for Kindergarten by following the Common Core Standards for preschool as outlined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Each month students expand vocabulary and develop schema through developmentally appropriate exploration of hands on themes such as the seasons, senses, transportation, community helpers, life cycles, animals, health, and many more. Academic skills are an integral part of each theme. Students also participate in a home reading program where each week they receive a new book to read with their family and then respond to on their reflection homework. Specific curriculum for pre-writing and writing skills are also addressed using both the Handwriting WIthout Tears and Fundations programs (see below for more information).
Basic "Fundations" are discussed and explored with students who will move onto Kindergarten in the Fall in order to prepare them for this curriculum which is used throughout the Elementary Grades. Concepts covered include the letters and corresponding pictures and sounds such as A apple "a," B bat "b." Students learn about the lines used in writing including the "sky line," plane line", "grass line," and "worm line." To go directly to their website for more information click here.
All students ages 3-5 at Farley Preschool follow the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum which exposes students to letter identification as well as pre-writing skills. Letters are broken down into simpler parts "big line", "little line", "big curve", little curve" (see below). Songs such as "Where Do You Start Your Letters...At the Top" are an integral part of this program as well. For more information link directly to their website here
Mathematics are addressed through the Engage NY curriculum. More information can be found on the link below for parents and families. This curriculum is one that is followed from Pre-K through 12.