Three/Four Year Old Program

The Pre K3B Program at A Sunny Start Preschool provides an extra year of prep as we prepare children for their journey into the academically intensive VPK Classroom. Using the Creative Curriculum, our teachers help them become independent and feel that they are an important part of our community through extensive exposure to social experiences. Throughout the year, our teachers help children negotiate, interact with peers, and make good choices. We provide lessons and activities in the areas of art, music, science, dramatic play, math, writing, and reading skills.

Writing my first and last name at daycare!Program Highlights

Handwriting

  • At A Sunny Start Preschool, handwriting is used as a kinesthetic tool for learning.
  • Children begin writing letters, numbers, their first and last name, and shapes independently in smaller print than in the PK3A Program.
  • Our teachers focus on improving skills rather than pushing for perfection at this age.
  • Homework is sent on a daily basis to reinforce the lessons being taught in class.

Sight words to help prepare us for VPKReading

  • We base our PK3B Reading program on the mastery of phonics skills such as the recognition of all letters and letter sounds, identification of vowels, and blending two letter sounds together.
  • Our students learn word recognition through the identification of color words, number words, classmates’ names, and over 60 additional sight words for a total of an exposure to 80 words.
  • Our approach is to teach words that are repeated frequently in the literature that the children are reading in class.

Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • Using Montessori science to discover real shells At A Sunny Start Preschool, we believe in developing a specific skill set of building and scaffolding in the young minds of our students.
  • Our teachers construct activities which foster these brain processes through science, engineering, and mathematics enrichment.
  • PK3B students engage in counting, comparing, sorting, patterning, measuring, dividing, and sequencing through our math curriculum.
  • They also build, tinker, assemble, and create just like budding architects!
  • Our PK3B program features an enriched vocabulary curriculum through the use of literature and discussion.

Language Enrichment
Using letters to craft a story at our Kendall center

  • It is our desire to instill a love of books and reading at this age, which will lead to a lifelong journey of adventure through literature.
  • Thematic units enhance the study of seasonal changes and events in order to foster connections to real life experiences.
  • Do not be surprised when your child is able to identify the femur and tibia on a Halloween skeleton; that is our language development program at work!

Individualized Approach
Building puzzles in our Tamiami preschool

  • At A Sunny Start Preschool, we believe in meeting the needs of each child through assessment and intervention.
  • Lesson plans are customized to strengthen the academically weak areas of each child.
  • Children are placed in small reading groups to encourage them to advance at an appropriate pace with peers who possess a similar skill set.
  • Creative development is fostered through artwork, which is created daily in the classroom.
  • Art projects also serve to enhance fine motor skills, which are crucial at this stage of development.

Testimonial:

Little girl cutting colorful paper into shapes
My kids attending A Sunny Start Preschool has been nothing but a good experience. I have four children, which have all attended this preschool starting from when they were babies all the way through graduation. The most comforting feeling is to know that your kids are being well taken care of. Not to mention, being well educated at the same time. Their academic program aided my kids to have a much easier transition into kindergarten. As a parent, starting your morning knowing that your children are happy and excited to go to school puts your mind at ease. The staff is very professional, but at the same token so family oriented that it makes the kids feel like they are at home. Another great quality in A Sunny Start Preschool is the nutritional menu they have to offer, not worrying about having to pack healthy lunch, snacks and drinks is a big plus. I strongly recommend A Sunny Start Preschool.

-Rocky, dad of Natalia