The CID Pre-Kindergarten Experience
Children ages 3-5 learn and have fun in the CID pre-k. Our goal is to prepare each child for success in a mainstream educational environment. We provide individual, assessment-based instruction in listening, language and speech while focusing on all developmental milestones.
The CID pre-k is a place where children learn through play and real-world experience. Our teachers keep a busy schedule that includes auditory learning, language and speech as well as creative movement, music, early literacy experiences, pre-academics, early computer use and social skills development. The pre-k daily schedule is designed to provide a series of instructional settings. The structured setting focuses on intensive instruction of language, speech and listening skills in small groups of 2-3 children. In less-structured settings, groups of 4-6 children practice conversational skills. In addition, during a centers-based language period, larger groups of about 20 students practice using all of their listening, language, speech and social skills. This helps them prepare to make the transition to a larger mainstream classroom.
Listening, language, speech and reading are the foundation for our students’ later academic success. The CID pre-k program emphasizes the development of listening, language and speech skills necessary for achieving literacy. Read-aloud stories and creative, real-world activities involving phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, print awareness and print conventions ensure students are ready to read when they begin academic instruction at the kindergarten level.
Preschoolers with typical hearing in the pre-k peer program are an important part of our focus on natural language development. Preschoolers who are deaf and hard of hearing benefit from typical language, speech and social models their hearing peers provide. Hearing peers benefit from individual attention from highly trained staff, a language-rich environment, a low teacher to student ratio and opportunities to interact with a diverse group of peers.
All of the children receive instruction from master’s level teachers of the deaf and an early childhood educator in a loving, colorful, child-friendly, print- and language-rich environment. The teachers are supervised by a department coordinator who is a master teacher with many years experience teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing to talk. The teachers work together with expert on-site audiologists, speech-language pathologists and an occupational therapist to help ensure an optimal learning situation for each child. A state-of-the-art computer SmartBoard in every pre-k classroom helps our teachers foster early computer skills and provides unlimited additional interactive learning opportunities for the children.
Parents are, of course, our teachers’ most important partners in their children’s education. Parents are invited to observe and participate in the classroom and to communicate often with the teachers and department coordinator. The teachers provide useful language activities to do with their children during everyday activities at home to support their progress.