Enriched Pre-K (EPK) is our academic four/five-year-old class at East Roswell Preschool that concentrates on early literacy skills that prepare your child for elementary school success. Our program emphasizes balanced literacy, thematic instruction, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) focused learning. Enrichment classes taught by specialized teachers in Fitness, Cooking, Mandarin Chinese, Music, and Tennis that align with developmental standards are part of the program. Parents are encouraged to be part of the literacy focus of this class by documenting reading time with their child and signing up for times to read in the classroom.
What is balanced literacy?
Our curriculum focuses on early literacy by creating a balance of phonological awareness activities, large group/small group/independent guided work with books, and writing experiences. Students practice sight words and put sounds together into word families using predictable readers. Learning critical thinking skills is a key to helping your child prepare for a successful transition to Kindergarten. The teachers create lesson plans that focus on favorite childhood authors and illustrators and their styles such as Jan Brett, Leo Lionni, and Dr. Seuss.
What curriculum is used?
Teachers create original lesson plans based upon school-wide themes, student interests, and individual needs using the Georgia Early Learning Development Standards (GELDS) and Creative Curriculum. Zoophonics and Handwriting Without Tears are incorporated into the instruction.
Will there be assessments?
Assessments take place in various formats throughout the school year using the GELDS, developmental checklists, work samples, and teacher observations. These are used to track the progress for each child and are shared with the parents in fall and spring conferences.
Why choose EPK?
EPK offers a specialized curriculum and exciting enrichment classes. Our program also offers flexible vacation schedules, coordinated after-school activities, and community involvement field trips and projects. The classes make monthly visits to the East Roswell Library for special librarian-led private story times and literacy activities as well as a chance for our students to use their very own library cards to check out books. Other field trips include a performance of the Nutcracker ballet, a visit to a farm, a show at the Center for Puppetry Arts, etc.
At East Roswell Preschool, our goal is to provide an individualized environment aimed at building strong foundations for elementary school success. By choosing to enroll your child in EPK, you are providing the ability to dive deeper into literacy, critical thinking, and STEAM activities as well as the opportunity for your child to be among the best prepared students in the area kindergarten classrooms.
We frequently receive comments and emails from parents of EPK graduates. Most of the commentary relates to their children being far better prepared and more passionate about learning and being at school than their classmates. The common thread in their comments is that having their children reading and excited about books and the library has led to a real advantage in Kindergarten.
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