If you have a child attending Pre-K at Hillside Academy you can expect your child to come out of our program ready for Kindergarten. By the end of Pre-K we expect all students to be exposed to and thriving in many academic/social areas. Our theme this year is “Creativity takes courage.” It is very easy in our Pre-K to get the students excited about using their own creativity to learn.
If our Pre-K students could write a letter to tell you about their growth …I imagine it would sound something like this…
“I Am Ready For Kindergarten”
I am a preschooler who has gone through Hillside Academy’s preschool program. After a year of Pre-K in Miss Yolanda’s class I am ready for Kindergarten. What I have gained the most from this class, and my experience, is the love of being at school and learning. I am very excited at the end of the school year about school and how much I have grown academically and socially. I have made so many wonderful friends throughout the school year, and this has led to many wonderful play dates outside of school. Along with my social progress I have learned to communicate my needs and feelings to my peers and teacher. I play nice in a group setting and can share and work through issues without teacher support.
Academically I am thriving and I have a love of math. I can easily recognize and count all the numbers from 1-20. I have one to one correspondence down and love to add and subtract. My favorite is counting to 100 (by 10’s and 5’s too). I not only know these numbers but can write them too.
I have breezed through the “Handwriting Without Tears” book and practice handwriting everyday during class. I have also learned to successfully write all my upper and lowercase letters. At this point in the year I know all my letters and sounds and I can sound out and write three letter words.
I also have a whole word wall up in my classroom with sight words that are fun to read and we play fun games with them. I sure love our weekly themes and the hands on science experiences. My teacher allows me to ask lots of questions and encourages me to go into deeper detail with these questions at every lesson. I am very good at following directions and have grown to be very independent.
I am very excited and ready for Kindergarten!