Rising Star’s PreKindergarten program has been carefully designed to meet the developmental needs of the young child. The classes have a ratio of 1 adult to 9 children. The teacher becomes the link between the enriched learning didactics and what the child experiences, discovers and understands. Children are provided with opportunities to learn independence while developing their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. Children also become a part of a classroom learning community where they utilize their grace and courtesy skills and internal discipline. There are 4 classrooms: Cedars, Oaks, Maples and Redwoods.
Age: 2 years and 4 months to 4 years
Program: 5 days per week (8:30am – 5:00pm)
Extra hour of extended care available 8:00-8:30am and 5-5:30pm
Language Area has two modes: Receptive and Expressive Language. Oral language develops through discussions, storytelling, poetry, and vocabulary lessons. A phonics approach to reading is incorporated. The “sandpaper Letters” help children to fuse sound and symbol effortlessly, through a sight-sound-touch presentation of the alphabet. Numerous studies have found that explicit and direct phonics instruction offers significant benefits to children learning to read. The earlier children receive phonics instruction, the better. Individualized phonics instruction writing and reading skills are generally developed consecutively. To further enhance reading development, children are taught grammar and word function within sentences.
Cultural Area includes Geography, Botany, Zoology, Anatomy, Astronomy, History, the Arts and Music, which are integrated in a school day. The children are presented hands-on materials such as puzzle maps, isolating each continent, three-part cards, pictures with objects to match, books and stories with pictures, objects, artifacts, music, songs and foods from around the world support our cultural studies. Follow-up projects are also given after a presentation to reinforce the lesson. Children in the Montessori classroom begin with the world as a whole, and then the world’s parts. We take the child from the concrete to the semi-concrete, to the semi-abstract to the abstract. The whole, when fully understood, gives meaning to the parts, and the parts give meaning to the whole. Children learn about the earth, continents, countries, states, climates, and animals, as well as the principles of honoring all religions, cultures, and people. This helps children to obtain a sense of self and community and an understanding of where in the universe they can fit. Art programs provide the opportunity to enjoy creative activities and gain a better understanding of the great masters.
In addition to the above Montessori curriculum, children learn about working with peers, music and movement, library skills, art, and foreign language. They also learn to use their large motor skill through our Jack Capon’s Motor Fitness Program.
A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of three he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind.
~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child