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Creating a nurturing environment for our youngest learners at Shaping allows each child to explore thoughtfully, learn and play creatively each day. Our program entails developmentally appropriate practices, including social-emotional learning and foundational academic skills.


Goals are aimed at teaching social skills such as sharing, turn taking, and functional communication. Children in pre-kindergarten focus on building their educational foundation in literacy, mathematics, phonics, writing, and social emotional skills in preparation for kindergarten. Children in this grade level should have a basic understanding of the alphabet and rote counting with knowledge of quantitative concepts. They are set in an enriching environment that will allow them to actively learn early literacy, daily routines, and build upon their social, emotional, and communicative development. Students will also focus on listening, comprehension, and problem-solving skills. Most importantly, they stretch creativity and start coming into their own.


  • Letter Identification

  • Rhyme

  • Basic Sentence Structure

  • Letter Sounds

  • Syllables

  • Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Words

  • Letter Formation

  • Compound Words

  • Common Word Families

  • Vowels


  • Number Identification

  • Grouping

  • Quantitative Concepts

  • Rote Counting Patterns

  • Basic Addition and Subtraction

  • Shapes

Science/Social Studies

  • Learning about the world around us

  • Learning about our environment

  • Learning about caring for ourselves and others

Fine Motor Skills

  • Cutting and Pasting

  • Buttoning

  • Writing First and Last Name

  • Tying

  • Lacing

  • Brushing

  • Tracing

Gross Motor Skills

  • Climbing

  • Jumping

  • Running

  • Crawling

  • Stretching

  • Throwing

  • Lifting

  • Kicking

Social Emotional

  • Peer interactions

  • Responding to stressors

  • Processing their thoughts and feelings both in and out of the classroom

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