WHAT IN THE WORLD IS PREK?
Pre-Kindergarten, better known as PreK, is a program in which children learn through play under the guidance of professionally trained adults. At DK Schoolhouse the age range in PreK runs between 2 --3 years old and is the transition program from Nursery before children can enter Kindergarten.
Typically, PreK differs from ordinary nursery or daycare programs in the sense that the emphasis becomes more focused on learning and development as opposed to solely play based themes. It is designed to assist children in learning the fundamentals of literacy and math, increase their social awareness and self awareness.
One of the most important things a child learns in PreK is to identify and cope with emotions. Children are not born with emotional awareness and as such, often have no concept of the consequences of their actions or a sense of other people’s feelings. They have limited vocabulary to express their feelings. Their views of daily situations are based off a completely self-centered thought process. As such, children often give in to volatile expressions of emotions until they are taught the art of self- soothing, and how to build resiliency.
· Dramatic play
· Themed activities
· Music appreciation and awareness
· Widening vocabulary and practicing identifying with feelings.
THE TODDLERS CREED
It's short, simple and once understood, helps parents and teachers better understand how a child in their early years views the world.