Preschool at WMAES

For our truly young minds, the Pre-K program at West Michigan Academy provides an excellent foundation in the fundamentals of early learning at no cost to parents.

The program is fully funded through the Michigan Great Start Readiness Program, and is designed to help prepare each child for a successful transition into school. The class encourages parental involvement and focuses on a curriculum that includes reading, writing, math and science concepts, all presented in a caring, nurturing and creative environment.

Our Pre-K program is a structured learning environment that focuses on social play, and kindergarten readiness skills. All of our students, including Pre-K, must follow the WMAES policies and procedures. This includes uniform guidelines. All Pre-K students must be age 4 by November 1 to enroll.

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Areas of Learning

Language Arts: During preschool years, students are emerging as language users and developing competence as listeners, speakers, readers, writers, and viewers. Students begin to understand written language read to them by retelling stories, answering and asking questions, and enlarging vocabulary. Students begin to develop simple writing skills to express themselves as well as effective listening skills. Students begin to identify letters and sounds within their name and environmental print.

Math: Problem solving is the central focus. Mathematical experiences involve interactions with the environment, materials, peers, and supportive adults. Students begin to develop strategies for solving mathematical problems through daily activities (ex: counting out napkins for classmates). Students begin developing skills of comparing and classifying objects, recognizing and creating patterns, sorting, and simple measurement. Students begin to develop and understand numbers and visual thinking skills.

Science: The science program uses active hands-on experiences to foster attitudes toward Science. Students gain knowledge through observation and active play within the classroom and outside in the environment. Students begin to understand living and nonliving and the characteristics related to these. Students show awareness of the Earth in regard to physical features, weather, and seasons.

Social Studies: The preschool classroom is a perfect laboratory for children to learn the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to live in an independent society. At this age, social studies is closely related to children’s social, emotional development. Students begin to understand their relationship and place in the environment, as well as a concept of time such as yesterday, today, tomorrow. Students begin to learn about responsibilities and taking care of resources. Students also begin to recognize that many different influences shape people’s thinking and behavior.