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Pre-Kindergarten Program

The pre-kindergarten program provides a positive and rich environment of discovery-learning experiences directed toward four- and five-year-old children. Our goal is to prepare children academically and emotionally for entrance into kindergarten. The atmosphere of the classroom is designed to create excitement for learning through multi-experience subject matter carefully planned for the young child. This will be accomplished with a balanced scheme of centers, as well as with small- and large-group learning activities.

Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Overview

The program emphasizes reading readiness instruction in matching, labeling,
classification, sequencing (picture story), and symbolic ability (naming letters and sounds). Students develop the phonetic approach to reading by learning to isolate and blend the beginning, middle, and ending sounds of words, and to identify rhyming sounds. In addition, students will strengthen their reading ability through exposure to a list of basic sight words. They are also introduced to a broad, balanced-literacy approach to early learning that reaches into all areas of the curriculum and will ultimately foster an appreciation of good literature. Comprehension includes understanding special relationships and opposites, recalling the main idea, details, cause-and-effect relationships, and outcome, as well as distinguishing reality from fantasy in stories and pictures.

Math Curriculum

In mathematics, the children learn to match (one-to-one), model and count to fifty and beyond, recognize and write numerals, and understand their values. Sequence and use of ordinal numbers are also taught. Geometric shapes (2D and 3D), weights and measurements, coin identification, graphing, beginning addition and subtraction, and time concepts are also introduced at this stage.

Physical Development Curriculum

Motor skills are emphasized from gross motor skills in the physical activities of running, skipping, hopping, throwing, etc., to the fine motor skills of controlling a pencil, crayon, and scissors. The children have a variety of planned activities in learning centers that use different art skills including tracing, coloring, cutting, and painting. These activities offer pleasing and creative rewards while refining the child’s eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.

Social and Emotional Objectives

The social-emotional development in the class requires a respectful and positive attitude toward oneself and others. Emphasis is placed on developing listening skills, which helps create a learning environment for individual direction and group cooperation with mutual appreciation.

Pre-Kindergarten Specials

Children are introduced to enrichment specials including Spanish, music, art, and physical education. Children attend weekly story time in our library.

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Pre-K Facts At A Glance

  • Age range and cut off: 4 years old to 5 years old. Must be 4 years old by August 1st.
  • School hours: Classes start at 8:25am and dismisses at 2:45pm.
  • Classroom size: 18 students
  • Student to Faculty ratio: 9:1

Pre-Kindergarten FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do the children have a nap time?

Pre-Kindergarten students have a forty-five minute nap time.

Do students have play time?

Pre-Kindergarten is a thematic, center-based program with a balance of academics and indoor/outdoor free play time.

Are there specials offered in Pre-K?

Pre-Kindergarten classes have weekly specials that include Library, Spanish, Art, Music, and PE. These classes are taught by a specialist in each area of study.

If students attend PK at LVDS, do they have to take an entrance exam for Kindergarten?

Students that are enrolled in the PK program at LVDS will not be required to take the Kindergarten entrance exam.


“The principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done—people who are creative, inventive and discoverers.”