Welcome to our Pre-Kindergarten Room!
Welcome to Brookside’s Pre-Kindergarten classroom. All of Brookside’s classrooms are set-up into learning centers that are age appropriate for each age group and designed with child development in mind. In our Pre-Kindergarten classroom, the children will be able to explore their new environment that is enriched in materials that include a Reading Center, Reading Loft Area, Listening Center, Block Center, Dramatic Play Area, Music, and Movement Center, Creative Art and Writing Center, Science and Math Center. Please read below to find out more in detail about what Key experiences your child will be engaging in on a day-to-day basis.
Most of the learning experiences start around 9:30 am after a snack. This learning time is called “Centers.” This is a time when children are involved in learning experiences related to the weekly theme. During this time creative art, reading, writing, science and mathematics skills are worked on through our posted curriculum.
Counting objects to 10
One-to-one correspondence of objects
Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
Sizes: small, medium, large
Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle
Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
Same and Different
More, Less, Same
Time: Day and Night
Money: Explore through educational games, songs, and pretend play
Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.
Experience the world through nature walks, gardening &
Observe insect life
Observe plant growth
Observe weather and plant life during each season
Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities
Identify basic colors and explore color mixing
Make observational drawings and dictation
Explore the world with the five senses
Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat
Practice problem-solving skills in social situations
Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects
Share classroom materials with the group
Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners
Communicate his/her needs
Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, roll up nap things, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.
State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country
Explore types of work and workers
Explore modes of transportation
Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds
Recognize, spell, write first name
Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly
Retell familiar stories
Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences
Answer questions about stories
Repeat simple nursery rhymes and finger plays
Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up
Build new vocabulary
Build listening skills
Strengthen visual discrimination
Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.
Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, collage, etc.
Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, art chalk, clay
Experiment with mixing paint colors
Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum
Participate in movement songs and dances
Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms
Use a variety of children’s instruments
Participate in dramatic play
Dramatize familiar stories
Act out the movements and sounds of animals
Use iPad to enrich curriculum
Contact us today in order to set up a site visit or to receive more information!
Meet our Room Teachers Below!
Miss Tina, the Assistant Teacher, graduated from Parkland High School in 1997 and had been working with children for more than 17 years and worked in child care with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. She has volunteered in the Special Education classroom in high school during her study hall time period to assist the teachers in the classroom with the children with physical disabilities. She also has a son, Daniel.
I am Miss Johanna, the Pre-Kindergarten 1 lead teacher. I am from Ecuador and I moved to the United States 7 years ago. I graduated from the Catholic University of Ecuador with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught for nine years in an Early Education Center before relocating to the United States. Upon my relocation to the United States, I was a Spanish teacher for 2 years. I have been working at Brookside for 4 years since we opened this location. Teaching is my passion and I also really enjoy teaching my first language which is Spanish. My kids love to learn it. I recently went back to college to acquire my degree to become a Spanish teacher. During my time off I spend with my wonderful husband, and our beautiful daughters, Sophie, and Maya. We love to make crafts together and read stories. I feel blessed.
My name is Danielle Long and I am the Pre-K 2 teacher. I have been teaching in an Early Childhood setting for almost 8 years. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching at Brookside Children’s Early Education Center for over 2 years. I originally started teaching at the other Brookside location in Wescosville and transferred to this location in August of last year. My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in October. Our son Grady keeps us on our toes with all of his exciting new words that he learns in school as well as his new “stunts” he tries to perform off of the furniture… I love all of the fun DIY projects as well as baking and cooking. It is such a pleasure to teach your children and to watch them grow! They are all the perfect addition to make my classroom colorful and fantastic! “Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can.” – Carol Ann Tomlinson