At S.T.N.S. we will prepare your child for their next transition, Kindergarten, through our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. Our curriculum is also inspired by nature and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) philosophy. Learn more about Handwriting Without Tears.
Handwriting without Tears Curriculum Goals at S.T.N.S.
Readiness Materials: Get Set for School Sing Along CD, Wood Pieces Set, Mat, Slate, Roll-A-Dough Letters, Stamp and See Screen, Get Set for School Workbook (a crayon book), unlined paper, paper strips for Name Chalk and Crayons, small crayons and pencils.
Three Levels of ReadinessWe will help each child develop readiness skills through directed play and playful learning experiences.
Readiness Level 1- Preparing Young Children: 2yrs-3yrs old:
This early level invites everyone’s participation. Play the Get Set for School Sing Along CD in the background so the children become familiar with the songs and activities. Introduce Mat Man (taking turns, learning body parts and how to draw with Mat Man). Activities to develop within fine motor skills include stringing large beads, putting together puzzles, snips paper with scissors, coloring, roll clay/play dough, draw/copy a horizontal line, painting (both finger painting and painting on an easel).
Readiness Level 2 – Hands-on Letter Play: 3yrs-3 1/2 years old:
This level also focuses on developing fine motor skills and beginning letter skills. Children are shown how to hold and use a crayon to aim and scribble. They also color pictures and shapes in the first part of the Get Set for School workbook. In addition, they continue to develop beginning letter skills by using Play Dough, coloring, painting etc. Letter recognition skills are reinforced during play throughout the classroom.
Readiness Level 3 – Crayon Skills: Pre-K classes
Now children begin writing. While the teacher demonstrates, continue to use the Crayon Song to be sure they are holding the crayon correctly. The use of the Slate, Wet-Dry-Try activity teaches correct letter orientation and formation habits. Students will learn how to make the letters before they write. They will learn the words for capital letter parts (big line, little line, big curve, little curve). They will begin to trace/write their name and trace/write letters in the Get Set for School Workbook. The use of small crayons and pencils facilitates correct pencil grip. They begin to form capital letters correctly and to recognize them in the right sequence.