Preschool & Pre-K

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Preschool & Pre-K

Age Range:
3 - 5 years
Areas of Learning:

Reading & Writing

Science & Math

Motor Development

Arts & Music

It’s important for preschool children to receive a well-rounded curriculum so that they’re prepared for the challenges of kindergarten and elementary school. At Creative Kids, we adhere to NYS Learning Guidelines and utilize GOLD® and The Creative Curriculum®, which allows us to focus on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of each preschool and pre-kindergarten student in our care.

Our activities and learning centers build important skills sets in a fun and playful way. We teach with a differentiated approach, which provides each child a personalized preschool education that’s catered to their needs. Our goal is to foster each child’s development in a way that builds self-confidence, values, and character, which are key ingredients for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Here are some of our goals for your child’s preschool & pre-kindergarten experience:

Social Skills

  • Attempts new tasks knowing it’s ok to make mistakes
  • Shows and feels pride in accomplishments
  • Follows directions
  • Respects rights, property, and feeling of others
  • Works cooperatively (listens to others, shares, and takes turns)
  • Can dress self and properly use the bathroom
  • Follows safety rules and classroom guidelines
  • Offers to help peers and family
  • Tries to regulate emotions and articulates feelings in words
  • Verbally repeats name, address, phone number, and birthday
  • Plays independently or focuses on one activity with a friend for over 5 minutes of time
  • Listens to a story without interrupting


Motor Skills

  • Completes moderately challenging puzzles (5 pieces or more)
  • Cuts with scissors using proper grip
  • Holds and uses crayons, pens, and pencils using correct grip
  • Builds using blocks and other items
  • Bounces, kicks, throws, and catches a ball
  • Hops, jumps, runs, and walks backwards


Reasoning & Concept Development

  • Matches or groups objects according to size, shape, or color
  • Understands positional language and special relationships in/out, under/over, above/below, and front/back
  • Describes how an object is the same or different
  • Compares and contrasts objects or characters
  • Follows two and three step directions
  • Uses descriptive language
  • Knows common nursery rhymes
  • Asks questions and expresses curiosity
  • Makes predictions about stories being read


Reading Skills

  • Looks at books or pictures independently
  • Pretends to read books by reading pictures
  • Demonstrates book awareness- cover & back, author, illustrator, title, left to right order
  • Tries to read environmental print (print in everyday situations like a stop sign or an exit sign)
  • Recognizes rhyming words
  • Matches letters to their letter sounds
  • Recognizes beginning letter sounds in words
  • Blends sounds into words
  • Recognizes and identifies most upper and lower-case letters
  • Relates stories to personal experiences
  • Puts events in an ordered sequence
  • Can retell or summarize a story


Writing Skills

  • Tries to write, scribble, or draw thoughts
  • Demonstrates inventive spelling
  • Sounds out words
  • Holds utensil with proper grip
  • Attempts to write and recognize name in print
  • Attempts to write using a combination of upper and lower-case letters


Math Concepts

  • Compares sizes of groups and objects using vocabulary such as more, less, and same as
  • Arranges objects in size order
  • Uses comparison words such as bigger, smaller, and heavier
  • Identifies and draws a square, circle, and triangle
  • Correctly counts 4-10 objects
  • Counts to 1-20 with ease
  • Recognizes numbers 1-20
  • Recognizes, copies, or repeats patterning concepts


Arts & Music

  • Identifies and names colors
  • Draws, identifies, and names shapes
  • Knows 3D shapes
  • Explores musical instruments
  • Identifies rhythms and rhymes