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Rooted in the Starbright Approach, our preschool program offers an academic curriculum that helps each child reach age appropriate milestones in cognitive, artistic, physical, and social development.

Read on to learn about the key skills students acquire in our preschool program.

  • Language comprehension when listening and reading
  • Increasing reliance on verbal communication
  • Knowing and recognizing letters of the alphabet in print
  • Ability to write all letters of the alphabet
  • Writing one’s name and some simple words
  • Recognition and knowledge of numbers
  • Understanding of numbers and quantities in everyday environment
  • Ability to count objects
  • Comparing amounts by counting or matching
  • Simple addition and subtraction
  • Sorting and classifying of objects by one or more attributes
  • Recognition, duplication and creation of simple repeating patterns
  • Comparing, measuring and ordering objects by length, weight, color, etc.
  • Identifying and constructing different geometrical shapes
  • Learning to combine different shapes to create a picture or design
  • Understanding positions in space, including in/on/under, up/down, inside/outside, etc.
  • Understanding time: before/after, past/present/future, etc.Initiative in learning
  • Learning to make observations and draw conclusions



  • Creating simple drawings or paintings representing people, animals and objects

  • Using tools to make representational forms out of paper, dough, clay and other materials

  • Recognizing and naming materials and tools used for visual arts

  • Demonstrating increased coordination and fine motor control when working with visual arts tools

  • Learning about elements appearing in visual art, such as line, texture, color

  • Showing increasing care and persistence in completing an art project

  • Intentionally creating content in a work of art

  • Developing finer control of lines and shapes, using colors to express feelings

  • Music recognition

  • Moving body more freely and accurately to respond to beat and tempo of the music

  • Following words of a song

  • Singing repetitive patterns and entire songs alone and with others

  • Reproducing more complex rhythms, melodies and songs

  • Using props, costumes and scenery to enhance dramatization of familiar stories and play with friends

  • Learning to perform several specific movements in a row to create a dance sequence

  • Improving coordination of movement through space and body awareness

  • Inventing and recreating dance movements



  • Increasing balance and control when holding still and while moving

  • Improvement in locomotor skills

  • Gross motor manipulative skills development – using arms, hands and feet with increased coordination

  • Ability to properly hold and operate writing and drawing instruments

  • Showing greater fine motor manipulative skills such as writing, cutting, and dressing

  • Spatial and directional awareness

  • Engaging in sustained active play of increasing intensity to improve cardiovascular endurance and strength



  • Self-awareness of one’s own actions, abilities and preferences

  • Developing self-reliance and self-confidence

  • Increasing attention span and regulation

  • Self-regulation of emotions and impulses

  • Social and emotional understanding of other’s feelings and actions

  • Empathy and caring towards others’ distress and needs, with desire to help

  • Active and intentional cooperation and interaction with peers

  • Positive and cooperative group participation

  • Cooperation and responsibility

  • Learning what promotes personal health and safety

  • Creating more reciprocal and enduring friendships

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