The MCPC Bridge K program creates an intentional balance between free-play and more structured activities. Our curriculum includes planful art activities, gross and fine motor activities, “centers,” small group work, and circle-time activities that help children build self-regulation, attention, and pre-academic skills.

 Children at this age do best when they have choices to play actively outdoors, run, jump, swing, and enjoy imaginary play. They also benefit from building their attention span and pre-academic skills that will help them be successful kindergarteners.  We explore “pre-academic” topics in a way that is personally relevant to each child.  With a maximum of 8 children in the program we have the time to give individualized attention to each child and help them grow and learn at whatever pace they need.  

 Some of the activities that promote pre-academics in this play-based, emergent environment are:

  • Pre-literacy activities include: letter of the week, letter writing,  journaling (containing stories, drawings, writing, science observations, etc.), etc. Conversations about vocabulary, letter knowledge, print awareness, phonological awareness and narrative skills.  Children are read to daily.  As we move through the year we will use words to make signs, create menus, etc. and we will play games and sing songs with letter sounds and rhyming.
  • Pre-math skills are targeted through counting, shape recognition, categorizing, comparing, measuring, etc.  Our “centers” activities incorporate these skills through cooking, carpentry, board games, art projects, science experiments, and more.  
  • In the Bridge K program, teachers design the curriculum with approximately half of the time being spent on teacher-directed tasks and half being child-directed play.