WHY CHOOSE THE BBA PRE-K PROGRAM
The Pre-K Program at Bright Beginnings Academy, Cherry Hill is a unique curriculum that will get your child is academically and emotionally ready for Kindergarten.
We nurture each child's unique strengths and offer appropriate opportunities that fosters self-esteem, compassionate and kindness.
Our program includes math, reading, crafts, free-play, gross motor, and fine motor activities and Hatch smart board that develops a child's intellectual skills.
Building on the preschool program, the PreK program at Bright Beginnings Academy adds more complex activities for slightly longer segments with each activity lasts 25 to 35 minutes.
You won't find this amount of depth of nurturing the whole child- intellectual, emotional and physical in typical Preschool programs.
PRIMARY GOALS OF PRE-K PROGRAM
- Math skills recognition of numbers, matching of sets, understanding of various math concepts and simple problem solving
- Social and emotional development through cooperative play
- Language development through expanded vocabulary, advanced sentence structures, story sequencing and pre-reading
- Music and movement activities where children can sing and dance
- Arts and crafts projects with the group as well as individual works of art
- Fine motor activities that will allow children to properly grasp pencils, use scissors, print and draw
- Physical development including jumping, climbing, running and building activities
- Opportunities for science and outside exploration.
DAILY ACTIVITIES FOR PRE-K PROGRAM
CIRCLE TIME - Calendar activities will be discussed (month, day, and year). This reinforces recognition of numerals, counting, before and after, number formation and more. Additional activities at this time are weather and seasons, flag, job assignments, and/or show and tell which encourages the pre-k children to practice public speaking in front of peers.
ARTS & CRAFTS - All activities are geared to improvement of fine motor skills thru use of crayons, markers, scissors, glue, paste, paint, beads, clay & and many other craft supplies. We use our curriculum as well as the seasons to dictate the craft ideas for the month.
SNACK – We serve a mid-morning snack and a mid-afternoon snack (for children whom stay a full day) consisting of juice, water or milk and wholesome snacks. Frequent Cooking projects are incorporated into our monthly curriculum which not only provides a tasty snack, but encourages measuring, following directions and good manners.
READING – We use the "Alpha Time" program for our reading readiness. The program consists of colorful, lovable puppets, storybooks and music that reinforce not only letter recognition but also sounds and letter formation. Children are grouped within their own classes according to levels of ability. Your children will fall in love with the “letter people” as they learn through play!
GROSS MOTOR PLAYGROUND/GYM – Weather permitting each class is scheduled times each morning and afternoon to enjoy our newly renovated safe playground. When weather is not permitting us to go out the children enjoy their gross motor play in our Gym/All purpose room. Free play and structured phys-ed activities are planned. This helps build and develops balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. Good sportsmanship and learning to take turns and share is always encouraged and practiced.
MATH - Singapore Math is the bases for our pre-k Math curriculum. Our students will gain insight into building a solid mathematical foundation as they use techniques, strategies and activities that are age appropriate and challenging for each child's level of ability.
FREE PLAY - (Indoors) Children are encouraged to use their imagination through the morning and afternoon scheduled imaginative play times. This time involves the use of classroom toys, play centers, computers, and much more.
STORY TIME/LIBRARY TIME – Each day our staff will read a story to children. This not only develops a love for reading but also develops listening skills and comprehension with the use of discussion about the story.
“HATCH” SMART BOARD & GROUP ACTIVITY - Each class has scheduled times to use our “Media” room where the pre-k students experience a lively, hands-on lesson using our touch screen “Hatch Smart Board”. Teachers plan activities using the over 2500 pre-programmed, customizable lessons offered by “Hatch” focusing on Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies.
SPANISH/SIGN LANGUAGE- Our pre-k students are taught simple words, phrases and names in both Spanish and Sign language.