Little Oak Nursery School provides a Pre-K program that is taught in a developmentally appropriate environment with hands on experiences. Our kindergarten readiness program is provided to children the year before they are to enter Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten. All children in their last year of preschool before entering kindergarten or a Transitional Kindergarten program will be included in our graduation ceremony held in June.
We use a phonics based reading and writing program called “itl” (rhymes with “little”). Children listen to stories about characters (alphabet letters turned into animals) that make funny noises (the major speech sounds represented by the letters). They will then color the animals, cut them out and glue them on craft sticks to make their very own letter characters! They will also draw the letter-animals, and practice writing the individual letters with the goal of eventually writing words and short sentences.
All twenty-six lowercase letters are taught before we focus on the capital letters. Each letter is introduced according to its writing difficulty, rather than the traditional alphabet order. We will stress the speech sounds represented by the letters, rather than their names in the alphabet. This way, when children see words in print, they are able to sound out and read the word. This gives the children a strong foundation for pre-reading and writing skills.
Our Pre-K program also includes emphasis on numbers, colors, shapes, large and small motor activities, self-help skills, and group work. All children learn at their own pace. The goal in our Pre-K program is for each child to feel confident and successful.
Little Oak Nursery School participates in the In-School Music Together program. Pat Parker (Teacher Pat) comes to Little Oak once weekly, for two15 week sessions during the school year. Each Music Together class is approximately 30 minutes long and includes singing, dancing, playing instruments, and more. As a part of the Music Together program each family receives a CD and music book to keep. A family materials fee of $75 per family is due in September to cover the cost of these materials. All other fees associated with the Music Together program are covered by Little Oak Nursery School. Teacher Pat also joins us for two “Family Sing” nights per school year. This is a special time for parents to join the children and teachers and sing some of our favorite Music Together songs. For more information about Music Together please visit their website at https://www.musictogether.com/in-schools.
Music Learning Supports All Learning® - At Music Together, our primary goal is to support children’s music development so they can achieve tonal and rhythmic competence. Yet the rich, play-based, and developmentally appropriate environment we create also fosters children’s growth in other domains essential to school and life success. Music learning supports all learning, and our curriculum and program model support:
- Music Learning and Development
- Language Development and Emergent Literacy
- Social and Emotional Development
- Cognition and General Knowledge
- Physical and Motor Development
- Approaches to Learning