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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.