Most kids in Arizona are heading back to school this month, and for some it will be their very first time experiencing a classroom as they enter the doors of their Phoenix preschool. Preschools offer a variety of educational subjects to help kids learn about the world around them and also to help them develop their minds and bodies.
Preschool Curriculum A great curriculum for pre-k children includes phonics, handwriting, Spanish, art, music, physical education, library, and technology. Each of these subjects are important to a developing mind and provide unique ways for children to learn new concepts.
Phonics is the basic reading instruction that teaches children the relationships between letters and sounds. Children learn to use these relationships to speak and write words. Typically there are progressing stages of Phonics including the realization that sentences are made up of words and words are made up of sounds. There are many rhyming games and songs that help Phoenix pre-k students learn how to speak and write properly.
Handwriting is still important to teachers even though we live in a digital age. Learning to write neatly helps preschoolers develop their visual-perceptual skills as well as their motor planning and execution skills. Good handwriting will benefit your pre-k student throughout his or her life and educational journey.
Learning Spanish is necessary to keep pace with popular culture. It’s rapidly becoming a business necessity. Plus, knowing how to speak Spanish will enable your child to help both Spanish speakers who don’t speak English and English speakers who don’t speak Spanish.
Art classes are important to have in any Phoenix preschool curriculum as it not only expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication but also keeps them out of the Arizona heat. Children develop communication skills, problem solving skills, social and emotional skills, as well as fine motor skills all through art activities.
Music and the love of music with most children begins at a very young age. Your child may already have some favourite songs before they even enter into a preschool classroom. It’s in preschool that they will begin to become actively involved in music by actually playing an instrument and singing. Learning music in this way helps expose children to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colours, and sounds. This rich sensory environment helps to forge more pathways between the cells in their brains. In fact, research shows that kids who are actively involved in music do better in reading and math when they start school, are better able to focus and control their bodies, and play better with others and have higher self-esteem.
Physical Education is an integral part of most preschools as it teaches students the importance of health and fitness. Additionally, kids learn how to use the library starting in preschool and also begin to learn about the latest technologies including how to use computers, keyboards, and tablets. Selecting a Phoenix Preschool
Choosing a Phoenix pre-k school that includes all of these main subjects will help your child develop important skills and excel in his or her lifelong educational journey.