Pre-Kindergarten 4/5 Year Olds

Philosophy and Instructional Practices

Our PreK class is open to younger siblings of school-aged students enrolled at Liberty. Liberty Classical provides a nurturing developmental environment filled with enriching, fun, learning activities, which engage children while they explore the world of God’s creation, numbers, language arts, and imaginative play. Our literature based Pre-K program unifies learning activities utilizing excellent children’s literature.  Although our program stresses early academics, another primary aim is that children have fun while they are learning academic concepts and developing social and physical skills.  Students will participate in a broad range of activities, which will instill a love of learning and prepare them with skills and concepts necessary to begin Kindergarten.

Our tutors are attentive to the manner and pace of each individual child’s learning so it can be maximally supported. At the same time, interaction, understanding, and cooperation with other children and adults are crucial skills for children to develop at this age.

Children are given ample opportunities for both individual and group activities to allow for independent exploration and play, as well as socialization.  Group activities include circle time, listening to stories, calendar time, classifying, memory work, physical education, playing games, music, phonological awareness instruction, show and tell, or counting.  Individual activities include daily time engaging in learning centers such as:

  • Library and Listening Center
  • Writing Center
  • Math and Science Center
  • Construction Center
  • Art Exploration Center
  • Alphabet Center
  • Imaginative Play Center

Our learning centers integrate a variety of learning concepts and are well stocked with blocks, puzzles, manipulatives, books, pictures, dress-up clothes, and art supplies.  Children engage in guided exploration and gain hands-on experiences, which cement recently introduced concepts.

Schedule & Routines

Schedules provide children with a sense of structure, consistency, and stability in their daily routine. While we schedule time for each specific learning activity, some areas such as language development and phonological awareness will be incorporated throughout the day. Each week, children will focus on a letter of the alphabet, a color, a shape, and a particular work of children’s literature.  Learning activities will relate to the weekly theme.

Daily Pre-Kindergarten Schedule 

8:30 -9:00                        Circle Time: Opening Prayer/Pledge/Calendar/Bible

9:00-9:30                          Music/Science/Copywork or tracing

9:30-9:45                          Spanish/Memory Work

9:45-10:15                        Morning Snack Break & Recess

10:15–10:35                     Language Arts/Phonics/Literature

10:35-11:15                       Art & Learning Centers

11:15-11:30                       Math Concepts and Math Reasoning

11:30-12:00                      Large Motor Activities/PE

12:00-12:30                      Lunch

12:30-1:00                        Playdough/Puzzles/Fine Motor

1:00 – 1:15                        Read Aloud Time

1:15 – 2:15                         Rest Time (books, quiet music, nap)

2:15-2:45                           Wake-up/Pack-up/Review Day/Songs/Closing

Pre-Kindergarten Goals

Though our Pre-Kindergarten class is a combined 3-4 year old class, lessons accommodate various developmental levels and stages.  Our goal is that by the end of their final Pre-K year, children will have accomplished the following goals.  Younger students will continue working on these goals and three year olds will have two years to master them.

Language Arts and Writing

  • Recognize own name in print and write name using appropriate pencil grip
  • Demonstrate awareness that print is written and is read left-to-right
  • Recite the alphabet
  • Recognize and write upper case and lower case letters of the alphabet
  • Learn phonetic sounds of consonants and short vowels
  • Recognize when two words rhyme (hat-cat) and when they don’t (cat-cow)
  • Experience different types of literature, such as stories, poems and picture books
  • Listen attentively to quality children’s literature read aloud
  • Retell a simple version of a story
  • Identify parts of a book
  • Express self using words and expanded sentences
  • Recall verses and songs from memory
  • Name opposites
  • Memorize name, age, address, and phone number
  • Put pictures in sequence
  • Demonstrate increased attention span
  • Learn basic Spanish vocabulary

Math Concepts

  • Count aloud 1 to 25
  • Recognize and write numbers 1 to 25
  • Sort objects in two different ways using different attributes (color, shape, or size)
  • Understand and use positional words, such as up, down, over, under
  • Understand spatial concepts (more, nearer, bigger, etc.)
  • Begin to understand and create simple patterns
  • Identify shapes
  • Explore measurement such as, full, empty, long, short, small, medium, large
  • Count using one-to-one correspondence
  • Make sets of objects
  • Use the calendar to learn concepts, such as days of the week, months, and numbers
  • Complete age challenging puzzles
  • Construct a group graph and interpret information gained from the graph
  • Remember number patterns heard (up to five digits)
  • Begin simple addition problems

Science

  • Tell with words and pictures features of various animals
  • Place animals in their proper habitat
  • Classify objects (according to color, shape, the same and different etc.)
  • Sort objects into categories (heavy/light, soft/hard)
  • Identify different textures
  • Identify sounds that are the same or different
  • Explore a variety of materials and natural phenomena through play (example: going on a nature walk, taking care of the class pet)
  • Explore surroundings using the 5 senses
  • Identify cause and effect (i.e. dropping a jar causes it to break)

 Fine Motor Skills

  • Hold a crayon, pencil, and marker in appropriate grip with fingers instead of a fist
  • Use scissors accurately
  • Trace shapes and lines
  • Control paint and paintbrush
  • Use lacing cards, stringing beads, pegboards, puzzles
  • Build with blocks
  • Copy shapes and letters
  • Coordinate eye-hand movement

Gross Motor Skills

  • Demonstrate basic skills such as running, jumping, hopping, galloping
  • Show balance while moving
  • Demonstrate throwing, kicking, and catching skills
  • Participate in group games indoors and outdoors

Bible

  • Delight in God’s love and experience a heartfelt response to Him through obedience
  • Praise and worship God through prayer, song, and Bible passages
  • Identify the two parts of the Bible, the Old and New Testaments
  • Describe the key people and events in each Bible story read and discussed in class when prompted
  • Memorize assigned Bible passages (Seeds Family Worship CD)
  • Memorize the books of the Old and New Testament

Art

  • Correctly hold, use, clean up, and store all tools and materials
  • Explore with paint, crayons, play-dough and other art materials
  • Identify colors and shapes
  • Identify pictures that are the same or different
  • Reproduce drawn model

Music

  • Discriminate between high and low sounds
  • Name various musical instruments and instrument families
  • Create musical instruments out of household materials
  • Recognize and identify sections of music as being the same or different
  • Begin to learn basic musical vocabulary and concepts behind words (legato, staccato)

Social

  • Respect and care for classroom materials
  • Recognize the feelings of others and respond appropriately
  • Exhibit positive social skills such as sharing toys, taking turns, playing fairly
  • Practice desirable social graces such as saying “please” and “thank you”
  • Begin to work cooperatively with peers