LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Ashley Academy Pre-Kindergarteners have fun learning through self- and teacher-directed PLAY. Providing a positive school experience in a loving and caring atmosphere is our mission. Small classes guarantee appropriate challenge and maximum success for each child.
Children are given the opportunity to work and play independently and to feel at ease about being away from home. The program and teachers help your child develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Language skills, motor skills, and intellectual skills are strengthened through a variety of daily activities.
Social interaction with the school’s culturally diverse student population cultivates respect for others and their uniqueness. Hands-on activities satisfy preschoolers’ natural curiosity about the world around them.
Pre-Kindergarten operates as a 5-day program with the option for students to attend until 1:00 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. A catered lunch is available daily at an additional charge or children may bring their lunch. A morning snack is provided.
Children entering this program must be fully potty trained.
The Ashley Academy faculty is chosen for their ability to understand the needs of children, their enthusiasm and creativity, their academic record, and previous teaching experience.
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills are developed through small group and individual activities. Colors, letters, shapes, numbers, story time, dramatics, rhymes, songs, and learning centers are all areas of concentration for language development.
Fine motor skills are strengthened through cutting, coloring, pasting, playing with playdough, finger painting, and creative drawing. Activities like these develop pre-writing skills.
Large motor skills are enhanced through dramatic play, playground activities, music and movement, easel painting, and self-expression.
Children learn to share and take turns during free play and circle time. Positive feelings about self, the school, and the environment are encouraged. Guidance in controlling emotions, following directions, being independent, and helping others is provided daily.
To encourage and reinforce reading skills, Pre-K students pair up with older students to be “reading buddies.” Other activities include phonics, games, puzzles, science, social studies, grace & courtesy, music, drama, art, math, library, sign language, opposites, same & different, and sequencing.