What is PreK All About?
The ASTEC Elementary PreK Program Welcomes you!
Pre-Kindergarten embraces the scholars natural curiosity about the world around them and provides the initial exposure to school, setting the tone for their educational career. Curriculum includes:
Students in Pre-Kindergarten learn how to physically handle books, recognize beginning and ending sounds in individual words, and write the majority of letters in their first name. Instruction focuses on orally describing personal interests and following simple directions. Students identify authors and illustrators and describe characters and settings. Students begin drawing and labeling pictures to tell a story. Students expand their personal and academic vocabulary they can use in speaking. Students participate in read-alouds, developing stamina for listening.
(“English Language Arts.” Oklahoma State Department of Education, 2020, sde.ok.gov/language-arts).
As students are first introduced to the formal education experience in Pre-Kindergarten, the emphasis in mathematics centers around four major concepts; quantity, patterns, measurement, and data. It is essential that these topics be addressed in meaningful situations that take advantage of the child’s natural curiosity while promoting problem solving, reasoning, making guesses, modeling, generalizing, and translating between representations.
(“Mathematics.” Oklahoma State Department of Education, 2020, sde.ok.gov/mathematics.)
As students are introduced to Science concepts that center around exploration and engaging in the physical and natural world. Students will make observations, notice and describe similarities, share noticings and wonderings, ask questions based on curiosity, and engage in investigations about the physical and natural world.
(“Science.” Oklahoma State Department of Education, 2020, sde.ok.gov/science.)
Students in Pre-Kindergarten will learn about our community. The emphasis in Social Studies centers around four major concepts; traits of good citizenship, knowledge of basic physical and human geographic concepts, history as it relates to events and people of other times and places, and basic economic concepts.
(“Social Studies.” Oklahoma State Department of Education, 2020, sde.ok.gov/socialstudies).
Scholars will reach their greatest potential by actively engaging in classroom activities and frequently participating in consistent and responsive interactions between their peers and teachers. Research suggests that Pre-Kindergarten graduates enjoy both short-term and long-term benefits including improved academic and school readiness and higher graduation rates.