VPK Program

A Sunny Start Preschool’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program utilizes an advanced Literacy Curriculum alongside the Creative Curriculum. Our VPK program is an intensive workshop which centers on academic excellence in the subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Our VPK program has a Kindergarten Readiness Rating of 100! That means that 100 percent of our graduates are ready for Kindergarten. We are proud to stand out as the top VPK provider in our area!

Program Highlights

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Grammar and Language

  • The Book-of-the-Week program is used to build vocabulary and integrate new words into sentences and complete thoughts.
  • Language development includes an enriched vocabulary and literacy through the use of our literature rich curriculum coupled with thematic units.
  • Our lessons focus on sentence structure, compound words, deletion, punctuation, and rhyming.
  • Circle Time games and activities review phonemic awareness skills and print knowledge.
  • Homework is sent on a weekly basis to reinforce the concepts that are being taught in class.
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Reading

  • Reading is the primary focus of our VPK curriculum.
  • Our students learn word recognition through effective techniques and traditional methods.
  • New words are introduced each week and added to our “reading caterpillar.”
  • Our word list includes color words, number words, shape words, classmates’ first and last names, and additional sight words for a total of over 200 words!
  • Our phonics based approach is accomplished through blending three or more sounds, learning word families, recognizing long and short vowel sounds, and the repetition of special sounds such as ch-, th-, -ck, etc.
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Mathematics

  • Our philosophy of mathematics is to provide our students with a strong base in number sense and place value while incorporating logical mathematical skills.
  • By the end of the year, our graduates have been taught recognition of numbers 1-100, counting numbers 1-100, use of a number line, two digit addition and an introduction to subtraction.
  • We also highlight monthly concepts to promote mastery of the following topics: comparing data on a graph, one to one correspondence, patterns (AB, ABC, ABB), measurement, sequential numbers, counting by 5’s and 10’s, telling time to the hour, and money values (penny, nickel, dime, and dollar).
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Handwriting

  • Our students learn to effectively communicate through writing by participating in a variety of relevant handwriting activities including writing letters, creating lists, and forming sentences through the use of copy work, phonics rules, dictation, and invented spelling.
  • Students complete assignments that ensure the mastery of writing all uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-100, first and last name, vocabulary words, and sight words.
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Hands-On, STEAM Component

  • Our students engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Mathematics activities through a variety of hands-on activities.
  • Our curriculum is designed to engage the curiosity of the developing mind.
  • Children engage in science lessons such as collecting and recording data, experimenting with force, gravity, and magnetism, and the properties of matter.
  • We build engineering skills through activities such as creating simple machines, bridges, and structures.
  • Hands-On activities, such as cooking projects and science experiment, cause students to discover different uses for everyday items.
  • Our VPK classroom is equipped with a full computer lab which enhances our diverse curriculum.
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Differentiated Instruction

  • One of the unique benefits of our VPK program is the use of tri-annual formal assessments which inform parents of their child’s progress and allow teachers to customize lesson plans to meet the individual needs of each child.
  • These results, coupled with ongoing assessment, allow our teachers to form small groups within the class.
  • These small groups are the catalyst for reinforcing weak areas and promoting advanced studies based of the level of the individual child.
  • Our goal is to give each child the opportunity to reach their maximum potential!

Testimonial:

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I would recommend this school to any parent searching for a preschool with an excellent curriculum. My daughter is 7 years old and attended this preschool. After graduating from Pre K she tested advanced at her current Charter elementary school. Her teachers were impressed at her knowledge and how advanced her reading was. This school helped her read and went over all the subjects she needed to prepare her for Elementary. She recently tested for gifted this year by MDCPS. This was all due to the foundation she received here. The teachers are amazing and caring. Two of my friends that had their children here also tested for gifted. I am so happy with the school, the curriculum, the teachers, and the staff and now my son currently attends A Sunny Start Preschool. I would not go anywhere else.

Barbie, mom of Enzo and Sophia