Pre-K/Kindergarten

This group will focus on school readiness and pre- writing skills, and will be based on the "Handwriting Without Tears" curriculum. We will cover all of the upper case alphabet, colors, shapes, and will work on social skills. During our sessions we will concentrate on hand development in order to make sure your child has the necessary skills for handwriting. Hand skills need to be developed before your child picks up a pencil to write, as they are the building blocks to successful writing skills. Your child will participate in fun interactive activities to facilitate the development of these building block skills.

A typical session will start with our welcome song and then followed by a gross motor activity focused on trunk strength, coordination, and balance. Then we will get our hands ready to participate with a fine motor activity designed to target a specific hand skill. There will be multiple circle times where we come together as a group to learn a letter or it components, a shape, or color in a fun and hands on way. Typically each session will involve a craft activity designed to address hand skills as well as focus on the letters, shapes, or colors of that day. Half way through our group there will be a 15-minute break for snack. Toward the end of our time we will sit down at the table and individually work on our letters pertaining to what was learned that day and everyone will be able to receive some one-on-one attention. We will end with a closing song and pass out homework.

1st/2nd Grade

This group's focus will be on getting back to the basics of letter, number, and sentence formation and will be based on the "Handwriting Without Tears" curriculum. Many 1st and 2nd graders struggle with the jump in writing demands from the previous grades and have trouble keeping up. For many the difficulty is because when initially learning letters and numbers they missed a piece or they don't have fully developed hand skills, which makes handwriting overly challenging. Hand skills need to be developed because they are the building blocks to successful writing skills. Your child will participate in fun gross and fine motor activities to facilitate the development of these building block skills as well as work on their writing skills.

A typical session will begin with a morning meeting to greet each other and participate in the icebreaker of the day (ex. What was the best thing about yesterday? or play a game of telephone). This is in order to re-introduce everyone and work on social skills. Next, they will perform a gross motor warm up activity to develop trunk/core strength and stability, coordination, and balance. This will be followed by a fine motor warm up activity designed to work on specific hand skills (ex. an origami activity). Now their bodies and minds are ready to sit and be introduced to a group of letters/numbers and work on model writing as a group. Model writing is a hands on way to practice letter formation without the use of a writing utensil. They may use flashlights to trace a large letter on the board or form the letters using their fingers as a pencil along a rough piece of sand paper while at the same time orally repeating the steps of how the letters are formed. After group practice they will have individual practice time in their workbooks and receive some one-on-one attention. Half way through our session we will have a 15-minute snack break. After snack we will typically do a craft activity that incorporates the facilitation of hand skills. Now we are ready for the introduction of another group of letters/numbers and more group modeling followed by individual practice. Last, the children will receive that day's homework.