Primary Program: Group Rockets

At Sinai Sun Academy a large portion of the day is spent in our "Learning Zone" amongst varying age groups which is inspired by the Montessori element of our program. However, children are classified into specific age groups that have designated teachers caring for them and recording their learning progress. The teachers accompany them throughout the session and guide them through the learning process.




Pre-K & K Learning Goals:


Emotional Development
  • Dress and undress self with assistance in some areas, such as tying, snapping and buttoning
  • Care for own possessions and those belonging to the group most of the time
  • Place some toys, materials, etc., in their proper places without constant reminders
  • Learn and accept new routines and changes
  • Deal with emotions in a developmentally appropriate way, most of the time
  • Respond to redirection from staff in a constructive way, most of the time
Social Development 
  • Understand and participate as a cooperative member of a small group, most of the time
  • Share toys and equipment, most of the time
  • Make the choice between working alone and in groups and be able to do both at different times
  • Cooperate in some group activities and projects
  • Categorize people, places, events and objects in terms of whether they belong at child care or home
  • Identify various kinds of transportation
  • Understand and participate in the celebration of some national holidays
Physical Development Gross Motor
  • Perform motor skills including sliding, leaping, stopping and running
  • Walk a balance beam
  • Catch a small ball (e.g. softball, tennis ball, etc.)
  • Perform physical fitness exercises such as bending, stretching, reaching, relaxing and breathing, etc
  • Talk about why exercise is important and helps us grow (e.g. muscles, bones, etc.)
  • Use large muscle equipment (e.g. tricycle, slides, etc.)
Fine Motor
  • Use scissors and cut simple patterns
  • Use small paint brushes and narrow line markers
  • Glue or paste small objects in simple patterns
  • Copy a triangle
  • Assemble an 8-11 piece puzzle
Cognitive Development/Concept Development
  • Recognize basic colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, white, brown and black
  • Identify similarities and differences of common objects on the basis of color
  • In addition to identifying a circle, square and triangle, identify a rectangle
  • Determine relative size of three objects in terms of big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller, smallest
  • Identify similarities and differences of common objects according to their size and shape
  • Develop an awareness of our five senses
  • Follow a sequence of at least three directions
Verbal and Written Language
  • Recognize and say personal information such as home address and telephone number
  • Give simple directions
  • Make up a story
  • Tell a version of a familiar story (e.g. The Three Bears, etc.)
  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Follow simple instructions
  • Ask for help when needed
  • Incorporate new words learned into everyday vocabulary (e.g. from curriculum and daily living, etc.)
  • Name basic objects and ideas that are important to daily routine (e.g. bathroom, front door, etc.)
Reading Readiness & Literature
  • Name letters of the alphabet (e.g. upper and lower case)
  • Put letters together to form three letter words
  • Read out assigned books with "pre-introduced" three letter words. 
  • Recognize some sight words in environment (e.g. stop, exit, etc.)
  • Listen and enjoy being read to
  • Answer basic content questions about stories a child has heard
  • Relate the endings of familiar stories (e.g. Peter Rabbit, etc.)
  • Name and tell about characters in stories
  • Recite one or two simple poems or rhymes
  • Relate basic cause and effect from a story child has heard
  • Participate in planting seeds and caring for growing plants
  • Learn about some basic changes, such as ice melting, water boiling
  • Construct simple structures using blocks and other building materials
  • Experience and talk about weather changes in a simple way (e.g. clouds and rain, cold and snow,etc.)
  • Practice basic habits for good health (e.g. wash hands, brush teeth, blow nose, etc.)
  • Help prepare and tell about healthy foods
Math Skills
  • Rote count from 1-1000
  • Recognize most numerals from 1-100
  • Basic addition and subtraction
  • Identify objects in terms of relative size (e.g. bigger than, smaller than or same size as)
  • Match a number of objects to corresponding numbers
Art, Music & Movement
  • Use and care for various art materials, including crayons, paste, chalk, clay, finger paints, paint and pencils
  • Use additional art techniques, including drawing, collage, painting, printmaking and simple construction
  • Use simple art forms to entertain self and others (e.g. movement, painting, drama, etc.)
  • Identify simple songs and instruments
  • Talk about how various songs make him/her feel (e.g. sad, happy, etc.)
  • Participate in a variety of music activities
  • Use free-form movement and/or exercise in response to music