Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten

    Preschool girl writing at Fairmont Private School   The Fairmont Private School of Fresno preschool program and transitional kindergarten program incorporates child-friendly teaching strategies through the Get Set for School curriculum.  The classroom activities use music and movement to bring lessons to life, and multisensory manipulatives to build fine and gross motor skills.  The readiness and writing lessons teach body awareness, cooperation, taking turns, listening, crayon grip, drawing, building, letter and number recognition, capital letter and number formation.

    Physical development and social/behavioral skills are particularly important in Pre-K. In fact, children need to develop both fine and gross motor skills to be able to write. All of these skills are critical to good emotional and social development and future academic performance.

    Language and Literacy

    FM-P_TK-B-600x330-newChildren begin developing language skills from the moment they are born. The Get Set For School Language and Literacy program actively teaches syllables, names and sounds of letters, words linked to content, new words in spoken language, how to respond to simple questions, and how to have discussions and share ideas.

    The program focuses on building rich vocabulary so that children learn a word’s meaning and what a word represents so they begin to understand the network of concepts that goes with it. Children also learn the difference between the drawing and writing, associate books with reading, “read” environmental print, and ultimately learn the many benefits of early reading and writing. Children also learn to identify letter symbols, both capital and lower-case, by letter names. They learn how these “symbols” work together to form printed words and how printed words relate to spoken language.

    Numbers and Math

    Child working on puzzle at Fairmont Private School in FresnoThe Get Set For School Program makes math concepts relevant and fun to children. With playful manipulatives, music, and rhymes, the numbers and math program teaches counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem solving, and even geometry skills.

    The program helps students build number sense right from the start. They also get time to play with real objects and test their ideas so that math becomes real and meaningful. Children also develop oral language that helps them learn about and express math concepts.

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