Pre-academic Skill Development
The Little Folks School creates an environment that celebrates reading and writing. Each classroom has a Library and children’s books are included in all areas, even the playground. Language is celebrated through storytime, poetry and songs. Pre-academic skills, necessary for reading and writing, such as visual discrimination, auditory discrimination, phonological awareness and alphabet activities are developed through Visual and Performing Arts, Montessori materials and Play.
Our objective is to enhance children’s natural interest in mathematics and help them to explore through play and daily activities: mathematical ideas and processes such as sorting, comparing quantities, identifying shapes and patterns, identifying numerals, counting and developing one-to-one correspondence.
Focusing on science is a natural and critical part of children’s early learning. Because of children’s curiosity about the natural world, science is a powerful catalyst for their work and play. With the teacher’s help, this natural curiosity and need to make sense of the world becomes the foundation for beginning to use skills of observation and inquiry to explore basic phenomena and materials of the world. This early science exploration can be a rich context in which children can use and develop other important skills, including working with one another, basic large and small motor control, language, and early mathematical understanding.