Pre-Kindergarten Educational Program
At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool®, it is our mission to prepare your child for a successful year in the wonderful world of kindergarten. Our skilled pre-kindergarten teachers help build essential skills by carefully crafting engaging activities that balance instructed learning and purposeful play.
Your child will be taught fine motor skills, reading, writing and math readiness. They will be able to retell stories and, in the process learn to sequence. Simple analogies are also introduced to expand critical thinking skills. Throughout their time in pre-kindergarten, your child will develop self-esteem, learn how to follow instructions, listen and communicate effectively, practice self-control, connect with others, manage bathroom needs and actively participate in physical activities. We consistently evaluate your child’s kindergarten readiness based on age-appropriate benchmarks in order to assess individual growth and development.
Our Proprietary Reggio Emilia-Inspired Curriculum
Our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Creatively Shine®, is based on the latest research and trends to prepare your children for their educational careers, equipping them with cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language skills. At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® we believe a child’s work is play. We teach your children age-appropriate lessons, manners, and social skills all through creative and purposeful play. We believe children who enjoy learning at a young age will carry it with them throughout their lives. Each month we have original projects, provide each classroom with new materials that reflect the monthly theme and provide related activities to support the individual concepts of the “whole child.”
The quality of learning and positive and energetic attitudes of the teachers is hard to beat. They genuinely get to know your child and care about their progress. It was an investment we are very happy with. We had our son in the Pre-K program for a year. He scored very well on his Kindergarten screening and will greatly miss Little Sunshine's!"
What Does Kindergarten Readiness Mean?
For many parents, the first 5 years seem to fly by overnight. Before you know it, it’s time for kindergarten! A high-quality pre-k curriculum can help ensure that your child is ready for success in school and in life.
How to Help Your Preschooler Transition to Kindergarten
Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and frightening for your child, and parents are often just as anxiety-ridden as their preschoolers when it comes to this major milestone.
Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Starting kindergarten is a big milestone for every child
If your child is currently in pre-k here are some considerations to help you determine when they’re ready for kindergarten.
Our curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts.
Stands on one foot for 10 seconds or longer
Hops and somersaults
Swings and climbs
May be able to skip
Copies triangle and other geometric patterns
Draws person with body
Prints some letters
Dresses and undresses without assistance
Uses fork and spoon
Usually cares for own toilet needs
Recalls parts of a story
Speaks sentences of more than five words
Uses future tense
Tells longer stories
Says name and address
Can count 10 or more objects
Correctly names at least four colors
Better understands the concept of time
Knows about things used every day in the home (money, food, etc.)
Wants to please and be with friends
More likely to agree to rules
Likes to sing, dance, and act
Shows more independence