Pre-K is that all-important year before Kindergarten. Children at COA follow a daily schedule that is consistent and designed to meet the needs of young children. The day begins with morning greetings and quickly develops in a rhythm of learning with a purpose started through play. Each child develops at his or her own pace and is encouraged to reach whatever goal is set for them. Children leave Pre-K ready to tackle whatever challenges come their way.
One of our goals is to develop leaders. That's why COA has built into the Pre-K daily routine a 15-minute segment devoted to readiness. Although not part of the original HighScope curriculum, readiness refers to the skill sets of Literacy/Language Arts and Mathematics.
Based on Key Developmental Indicators, activities provided reflect a specific objective that is developmentally appropriate and designed to meet each child's developmental needs. Readiness is conducted before planning and, therefore, is part of a small group activity. Teachers assigned to this small group make observations and mental notes of each child's ability levels - if he or she is frustrated by a task or able to complete it quickly. The concept introduced is designed with suggestions for implementation and samples for beginning, developing or mastery levels.