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Methods, Materials & Curriculum

All children are screened prior to their admission into the Through A Child's Eyes Pre-Kindergarten Program. The screening tool is the Dial-3, a bilingual screening tool for children ages 3 to 6 endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Admission into the Through A Child's Eyes Pre-Kindergarten Programs is based upon criteria that was established and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Upon admission, each child has a written plan that identifies the child's learning objectives. The learning objectives are developed through assessment, teacher observation, and dialogue with the child's parents.

We use the Creative Curriculum as a framework. The Creative Curriculum guides teachers to be facilitators of a child's learning through on-going observation and gives specific guidelines to facilitate school transition for English language learners.

We encourage an open dialogue between parents and teachers during the entire academic year. There are also formal meetings with parents that are scheduled to occur two times a year. At each formal meeting, parents are provided with a checklist of their child's progress as well as a written narrative that includes constructive feedback on how parents can further facilitate their child's learning.

We use a balance of child-initiated activities and adult-directed interaction in a variety of learning environments to facilitate a child's learning.

Children will work on the following objectives
Physical Development/Gross Motor Development:

  • Balancing
  • Walking/running/hopping/jumping
  • Hand-eye motor coordination (balls, bean bags, hoops, and more)

Personal Development:

  • Recognizing the emotions of self and others around them
  • Personal responsibilities
  • Public speaking
  • Self-help skills

Social Development:

  • Willingness to give to others and share
  • Group participation
  • Social responsibility

Fine Motor Skills:

  • Holding writing tools correctly
  • Using hands in clay and play-dough
  • Cutting with scissors correctly
  • Lacing
  • Glue/paste activities
  • Puzzles
  • Beginning writing skills
  • Various painting methods

Literacy:

  • Develop visual discrimination skills
  • Tell stories in sequence
  • Identify relationships between objects, letters, and words
  • Develop fine muscle control
  • Use letters and words to represent objects
  • Verbally describe activities conducted in this center, thus fostering language development

Auditory Perception:

  • Follow directions
  • Use sounds of the alphabet
  • Listen to group stories and discussions

Visual Perception:

  • recognize shapes, sizes, colors
  • Recognize alike and different
  • Written name recognition
  • Recognize big and little