Christ the King Pre-K
The Christ the King Pre-K program is growing by leaps and bounds and has added so much to the overall school environment. This year Christ the King School welcomed 76 two-, three- and four-year-olds.
The overall benefits of Pre-K have been well documented, and the Christ the King Pre-K teachers all agree that having the program allows for a smooth transition and better preparation for Kindergarten. It also offers a sense of community where students can interact and learn in an environment with a strong faith-based foundation. We are thrilled to have added a two-year-old program in Fall of 2016.
The school follows Early Childhood state standards. This means that the staff will help foster language and physical development, as well as social, emotional and cognitive learning with an emphasis on spirituality. Children learn to build positive relationships through sensory development, socialization, and cooperative play.
CKS has also embraced the Minds in Motion program for preschool through first grade. Through regular exercise, the child’s vestibular system is strengthened while visual and auditory processing is stimulated. Children develop gross and fine motor skills to better prepare for cognitive learning.
We are excited to announce the addition of an early childhood (ages 2-5) playground adjacent to our current playground. Another exciting addition will be a summer program for preschool to Kindergarten beginning in June, 2017.
Pre-K students are introduced to upper- and lower-case letters. We work on letter recognition, letter formation, and letter sounds. Language arts centers, games, and stories are used to facilitate learning.
Fine Motor Skills
Pre-K students work on fine motor skills, such as appropriate pencil grip and handling scissors correctly. Art projects and games are used to practice these skills.
Gross Motor Skills
Pre-K students work on gross motor skills, such as throwing a ball forward with accuracy, catching a ball, kicking a ball, bouncing a ball, balancing on one foot, hopping on one foot, and skipping.
Pre-K students work on math skills, such as making patterns, identifying shapes, number recognition, and making one-to-one correspondence. Manipulatives, games and stories are used to facilitate learning.
Pre-K students participate in daily prayer, weekly religion lessons, and practice making the sign of the cross correctly. Pre-K 4 students attend monthly all-school masses, and participate in stewardship projects throughout the year.
Social and Emotional
Social and emotional skills are some of the most important skills that we work on during our Pre-K years. Some of these skills are respect, sharing, taking turns, transitioning, following directions, making good choices, and listening.
Pre-K students work on copying letters and numbers and writing their first and last name. The Zaner-Bloser program is used along with games and art projects to help students feel successful with their writing.