In our Pre-K classroom we utilize two programs “Second Step” & “Handwriting Without Tears” (Get Set For School). https://www.hwtears.com/gss
Second Step Social Emotional Skills for Early Learning– This early learning program has been carefully designed to help guide children to learn, practice, and apply skills for self-regulation, and social-emotional competence. This program has four core program components: Weekly Theme activities, playing Brain Builder games, reinforcing skills and concepts, and engaging families.
Readiness & Writing– This is the core of Get Set for School. The handwriting component is based on more than 25 years of success with Handwriting Without Tears. Writing requires many skills that are essential for school: physical, language, cognitive, and perceptual. We use music, movement, and multisensory manipulatives to teach the core readiness skills including crayon grip, letter and number recognition, number and capital letter formation, and body awareness.
Language & Literacy-This program wonderfully complements the writing program. We use dramatic play, singing, finger plays, manipulatives, and movement to teach children to rhyme, clap syllables, make and break compound words, and identify sounds. We expose children to rich literature to foster a love of reading, build vocabulary, and learn how books work. Children learn facts from informational text. They learn to use new words and develop oral language skills by listening, retelling , and narrating stories. They also learn that there is meaning in the words they say as they watch what teachers write and what they say.
Numbers & Math– This program is a natural extension of the Get Set for School readiness program and helps children build number sense right from the start. We use manipulatives, music, and rhymes to teach counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem solving, and even Pre-K geometry skills. Lessons give children time to play with real objects and test their ideas so that math becomes real and meaningful. Children also develop oral language that helps them learn about and express math concepts.