I have taught PRE-KINDERGARTEN and kindergarten for many years. As a kindergarten teacher, I can tell within hours of meeting my new students who attended a certified Pre-K program! It’s that noticeable!
Students who attend Pre-K enter kindergarten with confidence and social, emotional, and academic skills that give them a head start in school. Enrolling your child in a Pre-K program is one of the best things you can do for their academic growth.
Why Enroll Your Child in Pre-K
Pre-k is a time for students to learn how school works and learn foundational skills they will need in kindergarten. In Pre-K, teachers spend time teaching students routines and procedures used in school. Students learn how to listen well, how to share, how to be patient, and how to participate. These are all skills that will prove tremendously helpful in your child’s transition to kindergarten.
Pre-K & Second Language Learners
Pre-K is especially valuable for students whose second language is English. Students in our bilingual Pre-K program receive quality instruction in both Spanish and English.
Students whose second language is English (ESL) also receive targeted instruction to help them learn English vocabulary to use during academic tasks and practice using conversational English during play activities. Students in both types of program leave Pre-K with confidence in speaking and using English in an academic setting.
Pre-K Teachers Care About Your Child
Pre-k teachers in Carrollton Farmers Branch are certified to teach early childhood education. They also hold an ESL certification. You can be assured that your child is being taught by passionate professionals who know the unique needs of young learners as well as learners acquiring English.
Academic Benefits of Pre-K
Earlier I stated that I could tell which students attended a Pre-K program in my kindergarten class. One thing that stands out with these students is their increased academic skills. During the beginning of the year assessments in kindergarten, the students who attended Pre-K often perform above expected levels on kindergarten readiness tests. They begin kindergarten ahead in many academic areas and often continue to excel as they move grade levels.
Areas of Study in Pre-K
Students work on all academic subjects in Pre-K. They learn readiness skills in reading such as letters, sounds, and sight words. Some students even leave Pre-K reading simple texts!
- They also work on listening comprehension skills during story time and answer comprehension questions about those stories.
- Students also gain valuable math skills such as counting, sorting, identifying patterns, and problem solving skills. Math development is a strong focal point in Pre-K.
- Pre-K students work on a variety of writing skills. These skills include writing their name, writing letters, and beginning to create stories by drawing pictures, labeling them, and writing simple sentences.
- Pre-K students are very curious and instruction in science and social studies provide time for them to explore, ask questions, and participate in investigations about the world around them.
- Students also spend time in structured and unstructured art, music, fine motor, and gross motor activities. Technology is integrated and used throughout the day by the teacher and the students.
In Texas, we are fortunate to have state Pre-K guidelines. Click the link below to view the entire list of guidelines.
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Play-Based Instruction for Pre-K
In addition to time spent on academic skills, one of the most important aspects of a quality Pre-K program is play. Play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills. Students are given opportunities to participate in centers or learning stations each day.
Dr. Jill Englebright Fox describes the benefit of play perfectly in her article Back-to-Basics: Play in Early Childhood.
“Children use fine and gross motor skills in their play. They react to each other socially. They think about what they are doing or going to do. They use language to talk to each other or to themselves and they very often respond emotionally to the play activity. The integration of these different types of behaviors is key to the cognitive development of young children.”
The Gift of Pre-K
Pre-K is a gift that keeps on giving. Studies have shown impressive long-term results regarding academic progress, increased test scores, and graduation rates for students who attended Pre-K.
Whether you’re looking to give your child an academic advantage in kindergarten, help them grow socially and emotionally, and/or to help them acquire English, you can be assured that our dedicated Pre-K teachers can help you on this journey.
We look forward to partnering with you and your child to make their year in Pre-K a success. We can’t wait to see you next year.
Written by Trina Brazille
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For the 2017-2018 school year, CFBISD will offer full day, half day and tuition-supported Pre-K.
Tuition-supported Pre-K is a full day program that parents can choose to pay for their child to attend Pre-K even if they do not meet the federal requirements for the free program. Full day and tuition-supported are only available at specific campuses. Please visit our website to determine the right program for your child.