Pre-kindergarten Language Arts

There is nothing more exciting than developing facility with spoken and written language. Morning meeting plays a major role in literacy development. Singing, chanting, reciting poems, and sharing news from home foster oral language development and aural discrimination. Children receive direct instruction in letter identification and letter formation in more structured language arts activities, and become authors of, and audiences for, wonderful books. Teachers read both fiction and non-fiction books and support rich conversations about the texts. The sharing of weekend or vacation news also supports the children's comment making and question asking. Play is a central activity in the pre-kindergarten classroom and activities such as sign making, card creating, writing and drawing, and graphomotor muscle challenges abound.


Our pre-kindergarten students will:

  • engage with material read aloud and respond with interest
  • understand the directionality of print 
  • develop an understanding of the concept of a letter and a word
  • recognize letters and words in the classroom environment
  • identify the uppercase letters of the alphabet
  • match letter symbols with letter sounds
  • understand the concept of title, author, and illustrator and other book structures
  • utilize picture cues to enhance understanding and make predictions
  • develop familiarity with story forms and genres
  • extend stories creatively


Our pre-kindergarten students will:

  • develop an understanding that writing transmits meaning
  • be exposed to the use of spacing between words and direction of words on a page
  • contribute to class experience charts
  • draw pictures to tell a story
  • use letters or words in conjunction with drawings to tell a story
  • recognize and copy print in the environment
  • write names and other important nouns
  • use sound/symbol correspondences to write words in temporary and/or conventional spelling
  • author and share weekly small books using increasingly conventional structures 

Speaking and Listening

Our pre-kindergarten students will:

  • be active listeners when others are speaking or reading aloud
  • make connections between known and new information
  • take turns and learn how to enter conversations
  • respond meaningfully in discussions
  • follow multi-step verbal instructions
  • recall specific information
  • demonstrate clear and sequential reasoning 
  • communicate their needs and thoughts 
  • practice appropriate articulation and modulation
  • confidently speak in a variety of situations including small and large groups
  • recognize new vocabulary words and explore their use