4K Language Development


The purpose of the four-year-old language development is to provide a rich language experience that includes auditory, visual, and linguistic development.  The phonics and reading learned in 4K lay the foundation as they expand their knowledge in many areas.  The students will accomplish this through various means including whole group, small groups, individual instruction, and learning centers.  In addition, learning games and hands-on activities motivate the children and make learning enjoyable and fun.

Students will use the simple, logical phonics to begin their journey to a lifelong love of reading.  They will master the sound and recognition of the vowels and consonants and then progress to forming blends and reading simple words.  Language development time is also integrated with interesting topics about animals, people, and places that will encourage the children to think and strengthen their vocabulary and language skills.  Poetry, finger plays, and music are also a valuable part of the 4K curriculum not only to entertain, but to teach through play.  They are used to teach basic literature skills, aid motor control and observation skills, and help the memory span.

 

Curriculum -

                        ABEKA

 

Goals and Objectives -

                        To aid in auditory development

                        To identify the sounds for each letter of the alphabet

                        To listen and follow two-three step directions

                        To memorize poems and finger plays

                        To enhance visual development

                        To recognize and identify the name of each letter of the alphabet

                        To associate a picture with each letter of the alphabet

                        To discriminate shades of one color, different kinds of animals, and
                        transportation          

                        To match or replicate patterns of beads and letters

                        To locate an alphabet letter upon hearing its name

                        To identify whether a letter is a vowel or a consonant

                        To relate one visual stimulus with another such as the upper and lower case  
                         alphabet letters

                        To identify and mark whether a vowel has its long or short sound

                        To aid in linguistic development

                        To listen to stories and poetry

                        To respond to questions from a story

                        To tell stories and poems

                        To participate in creating group stories

                        To dictate stories to an adult

                        To use descriptive language, correct syntax, and grammar

                        To participate in group discussions

                        To participate in dramatization, puppetry, and finger plays

                        To enhance their vocabulary development

                        To sound out blends and one vowel words

                        To begin to read sentences

           

Sequential Order of Lessons –

                        - name, sound, and picture for Ii, Uu, Ee,

                        - write lower case letters learned in phonics

                        - name, sound, and picture for Aa, Oo, Tt

                        - write lower case letters learned in phonics

                        - name, sound, and picture for Ll, Bb, Nn, Mm, Hh

                        - blending a consonant with a vowel

                        - sounding blends and one-vowel words

                        - letters learned in phonics (lower case)

                        - connecting letters (consonant-vowel blends)

                        - name, sound, and picture for Ss, Cc, Dd, Gg

                        - blending a consonant with a vowel

                        - sounding blends and one-vowel words

                        - letters learned in phonics (lower case)

                        - connecting letters (consonant-vowel blends)

                        - name, sound, and picture for Rr, Ff, Jj

                        - blending a consonant with a vowel

                        - sounding blends and one-vowel words

                        - letters learned in phonics (lower case)

                        - connecting letters (consonant-vowel blends)

                        - Gp. 1: Little Book 2

                        - Gp. 2 and 3: Vowel/Consonant Review

                        - name, sound, and picture for Kk, Vv, Ww, Yy, Pp

                        - sounding blends and one-vowel words

                        - reading circles begin

                        - letters learned in phonics (lower case)

                        - connecting letters (blends and words)

                        - Gp. 1: Little Books 2-5

                        - Gp. 2: Little Books 1,2

                        - Gp. 3: Little Book 1

                        - name, sound, and picture for Z

                        - sounding blends and one-vowel words

                        - one-vowel rule

                        - marking short vowels

                        - reading sentences on ckbd.

                        - letters, blends, and words

                        - first name

                        - begin capital letters (A, T)

                        - Gp. 1: Little Books 6-9

                        - Gp. 2: Little Books 3-6

                        - Gp. 3: Little Books 2-4

                        - name, sound, and picture for Z

                        - sounding blends and one-vowel words

                        - one-vowel rule

                        - marking short vowels

                        - reading sentences on ckbd.

                        - letters, blends, and words

                        - first name

                        - begin capital letters (I, J)

                        - Gp. 1: Little Book 10/ Old MacDonald’s Farm

                        - Gp. 2: Little Books 7-10

                        - Gp. 3: Little Books 4-6

                        - two-vowel rule

                        - marking long, silent, and short vowels

                        - building speed in reading

                        - reading stories on whiteboard

                        - letters, blends, and words

                        - capital letters S, B, C, D, M, L

                        - Gp. 1: Gus/ Wig on a Pig/ Matt the Rat

                        - Gp. 2: Old MacDonald’s Farm/ Gus/ Wig on a Pig

                        - Gp. 3: Little Books 7-10

                        - increasing smoothness and speed in reading

                        - letters, blends, and words

                        - capital letters G, H

                        - Gp. 1: Pet Pete/ Mike’s Coat/ A Pal

                        - Gp. 2: Pig in a Wig/ Pet Pete

                        - Gp. 3: Old MacDonald’s Farm