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Pre-K writing in our notebooks

Pre-K

It is hard to believe in a short while your child will be heading off a brand new school. It is a very exciting year for us as we make sure each of these students have been given all the tools necessary to excel. It ensures each child has a solid understanding of several academic subjects and allows us to track their developmental milestones, such as:

 
 

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  • Expresses feelings.
  • Initiates activities with another child.
  • Cooperates with other children, with assistance.
  • Negotiates with peers.
  • Approaches other children positively.
  • States a position with a reason.
  • Shows empathy.
  • Uses pretend play to explore, practice, and understand social roles.
  • Engages  in cooperative play.
  • Successfully transitions from one activity/ setting to the next.
  • Shows concern for fairness.
  • Describes own basic physical characteristics.
  • Enjoys process of creating.
  • Asks others for information.
  • Investigates and experiments with materials.
  • Uses “Why” to get information.
  • Develops personal interest.
  • Joins a play activity already in progress.
  • Remains engaged in activities for at least 10 minutes.
  • Makes up words, songs, or stories.
  • Engages in extensive pretend play.
  • Tells others about events that happened in the past.
  • Works out problems.
  • Focuses on the meaning of words rather than grammar.
  • Uses sentences.
  • Responds appropriately to a request.
  • Has a receptive vocabulary of a several hundred words.
  • Asks the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Uses multiple words to explain an idea.
  • Speech is entirely intelligible.
  • Describes a task.
  • Uses past tense.
  • Responds to questions with verbal answers or gestures.
  • Engages in conversation.
  • Tells a short make-believe story, with assistance.
  • Begins to draw representational figures.
  • Identifies some individual letter in a text.
  • Recognizes own printed name.
  • Uses pictures to predict a story.
  • Identifies major characters in story.
  • Imitates common reading activities.
  • Crawls through a play tunnel or under tables.
  • Throws a ball overhand with some accuracy.
  • Catches large balls with two hands.
  • Kicks a ball forward.
  • Gallops with skill.
  • Uses various drawing and art materials.
  • Cutting skills progress from inaccurate cutting to proper grasp with some degree of accuracy.
  • Completes increasingly complex puzzles.
  • Writes name.
  • Begins to write some recognizable letters or numbers.
  • Demonstrates  concepts through movement.
  • Improves eye-hand coordination.
  • Covers mouth when coughing.
  • Washes and dries hands independently.
  • Takes care of toileting needs and asks for assistance when needed.
  • Asks “why” questions to show effort at understanding causation.
  • Organizes objects by more than one pre-selected characteristic.
  • Applies new information or vocabulary to an activity.
  • Generates a strategy based on one learning event and extends it to a new learning opportunity.
  • Uses symbols or pictures as representation for oral language.
  • Engages in complex make-believe play.
  • Names numerals up to 20 or more.
  • Understands that numbers represent quantity.
  • Recognizes the names of some numerals.
  • Counts at least five objects in one to one correspondence without assistance.
  • Tells what number comes before or after a given number up to ten.
  • Estimates size.
  • Labels objects using size words.
  • Creates, builds, or draws shapes.
  • Orders objects from smallest to largest.
  • Creates patterns.
  • Classifies objects.
  • Uses positional words.
  • Makes predictions.
  • Retells a simple story or event in roughly sequential order.
  • Knows first and last name.
  • Names address and telephone number.
  • Participates in music experiences.