Welcome to our Pre-School Room!
Welcome to Brookside’s Pre-School classroom. All of Brookside’s classrooms are set-up into learning centers that are age appropriate for each age group. In our Pre-School classroom, the children will be able to explore their new environment that is enriched in materials that include a Reading Center, Listening Center, Block Center, Dramatic Play Area, Music, and Movement Center, Creative Art 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 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
Touch Screen computer
Contact us today in order to set up a site visit or to receive more information!
Meet our Room Teachers Below!
Hello my name is Miss Jenn and I am a co-teacher in the Pre-school Room. I have my CDA credential and have worked here for over 15 years. I have always enjoyed working with children. It is very rewarding knowing you can make a difference in child’s life by being a role model and helping them learn and watching them grow.
My husband Jim and I have 2 wonderful children. Our daughter, Ana, is 15 and is in 9th grade. Our son, Julian, is 7, and in the 2nd grade. We enjoy spending time with family. Once a week we have family night where we watch a movie, go bowling, or play a game. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching baseball, and word puzzle
Assistant Pre-School Teacher
Hello everyone at Brookside! My name is Andrea, originally from the Allentown area, but I am currently living in Emmaus for almost three years now. In 2012, I graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts in Bethlehem where I had studied Visual Arts. I still enjoy painting and drawing during my free time, but my true aspiration is working with children. Previously, I was a part of the Willow Lane staff in the East Penn School District. I was able to work with a wide range of students from kindergarteners up to third grade students. My goal is to always be a positive influence and an encouraging role-model to the children who I take care of or for those who see me from afar. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of the teachers and children, as well as the parents here at Brookside.