Pre-School Building Blocks for Future Academic Success
By Lauren Mactas, Director of Early Childhood Programs
Parents looking for guidance on evaluating pre-schools should be aware of these four building blocks that foster the foundational skills young learners need to be successful in school.
#1 SOUNDS IN MOTION
Active listening paves the way for effective speaking, writing and reading. Innovative early childhood programs use Sounds in Motion, a program that combines movement with phonemic awareness to develop active listening skills. At EMS, this program is adapted into early childhood, helping young learners develop into strong readers and writers.
#2 HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS®
When children master handwriting early, they're more likely to write with speed and ease. Great pre-school programs incorporate Handwriting Without Tears®, a research based program using fun, developmentally appropriate activities to build a comfort level with handwriting and unleash students' creativity.
#3 MATH IN FOCUS®
Children are more engaged when they understand the concepts behind the numbers. Math in Focus®, the U.S. edition of the acclaimed Singapore Math® curriculum, draws on best practices to provide hands-on learning that increases confidence and sparks a love for math.
#4 RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM ®
Social and emotional growth is essential to future academic success. That's why leading pre-schools cultivate essential skills like cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy and self-control using the Responsive Classroom® Program. The evidence-based program, in combination with a safe, nurturing early childhood environment, helps children develop the mindset, perseverance and strategies to their best learning.