My year in Pre-Kindergarten has been an incredible learning experience. In Pre-K, students are growing and changing daily, it has been truly amazing and inspiring to witness. The majority of progress made in Pre-K is social emotional and so much of the students ability is developmental, however it is important (and exciting) to note academic progress as well. Throughout the year, we work on tracing in their journals and letterbook projects. We also work on letter formation by writing in the air, on our friends backs, aspects of Handwriting Without Tears, along with various early morning activities. One fun early morning activity is using "chop sticks" to pick up puff balls and place them in the corresponding spot (seen to the left). The students work hard to strengthen their "pinchers" in order to practice their pre-writing abilities. Below are a few examples of students who made great leaps this year.
The students also work hard on their abilities to handle pencils for writing and drawing, again strengthening their "pinchers" and grip. Below are self portraits from the beginning of the school year in the fall and the end of the school year in the spring.