Pre-K: Ensure Your Child’s Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten is a big step for any child, so as a parent you want to make sure you have done everything you can to ensure they are prepared for that big leap into their next 12 years of formal education. At Apple Tree Orchard, we approach pre-k the same way we approach all of our early childhood education and daycare services – with a dedication to and understanding of a child’s needs. Pre-K education is something you may have been hearing about more and more in the news as the benefits of early childhood education specifically intended to prepare children for kindergarten has been found to be of the utmost importance.

Emphasis of Our Pre-K

Apple Tree Orchard wants all children in the greater Omaha area to have access to pre-k that will teach them what they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. As part of our kindergarten readiness, we emphasize the skills required for kindergarten and encourage further learning while creating an easier transition from pre-k to kindergarten. We focus on academic courses like math, reading, and science. We work on developing the entire brain through creative expression using art and music and teaching about health and wellness through organized games and playtime. Some of the simple skills such as standing in line or being still at a desk are taught, and we introduce them to the concepts of working in groups and individually.

Is Pre-k the Same as Preschool?

Preschool is very similar to pre-k and in many cases you will find people use these terms interchangeably. After all, they do both refer to early childhood education that happens prior to a child entering kindergarten. However there are a couple of notable differences between the types of lessons your child will get in preschool versus pre-k schooling. Most notably, the emphasis for preschool is “playful learning” and pre-k specifically engages children in the areas that they will be taught in kindergarten.