We support capable children by how we teach. Much of what Pre-K students learn is incidental—whatever is around them, what they hear and see. We deliberately build familiarity and competency with the music albums that we play for them, the words that we use, and the way in which we use materials and teach lessons.
We also know that children should learn explicitly. Basic readiness skills should be taught systematically. It’s not up to children to decide how to read, write, and count. We teach them the way we read and write from top to bottom and left to right. We teach them how to hold a crayon and how to write letters. We teach them key skills to advance their competency and success—so they develop the skills to be independent as they enter school.
Teachers need support to foster independence in children. Our materials provide flexibility for the teacher and offer activities in a developmental sequence. The Get Set for School Learning and Play Resource for 3-Year-Olds provides adaptations of activities for younger learners. Ensuring mastery of one skill before introducing another builds the competence and confidence children need for independent problem solving.