VPK Classroom

VPK – Voluntary Prekindergarten

A Constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters to provide free prekindergarten for every four year old child residing in Florida. In order to be eligible to attend the VPK Program, children must be four years old on or before September 1 of that school year

As an Accredited Child Care Center, Kids Academy will be focusing on the developmental road, where VPK students will travel on their way to kindergarten.

The standards are as follows:

  • Physical Health
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social Emotional
  • Language and communication
  • Emergent Literacy,Cognitive Development & General Knowledge
  • Motor Development

PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • Shows characteristics of good health to facilitate learning
  • Exhibits auditory ability to learning
  • Shows that basic physical needs are met
  • Follows basic health and safety rules
  • Participates in physical fitness activities
  • Performs some self-care tasks independently

APPROACHES TO LEARNING

  • Shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner
  • Attends to tasks and seeks help when encountering problems
  • Shows some planning and reflections

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL

  • Demonstrates self ┬ácontrol; follows simple classroom rules and routines
  • Manages transition
  • Interacts easily with familiar adults
  • Seeks adult assistance appropriately
  • Interacts easily with more than one child
  • Develops special friendships, participates in the group life of classroom

LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION

  • Children will understand and answer relevant questions, adding comments relevant to the topic, and reacting appropriately to what is said
  • Shows an understanding of the words, and their meanings, (e.g., world knowledge; names of body parts, feelings, colors, shapes, jobs, plants, animals, and their habitats and foods)
  • Uses age-appropriate grammar in conversation and complex phrases and sentences
  • Connects phrases and sentences to build ideas
  • Uses language to express needs and feelings, share experiences, predict outcomes, and resolve problems

EMERGENT LITERACY

  • Shows motivation for reading
  • Enjoys reading and reading related activities, pretends to read to others
  • Shows age-appropriate phonological awareness
  • Recognizes almost all letters by name and names them
  • Shows understanding of text read aloud
  • Shows motivation to engage in written expression
  • Demonstrates age-appropriate ability to write letters
  • Shows knowledge of the structure of written composition

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT & GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  • Begins to use simple strategies to solve mathematical problems
  • Sorts objects into subgroups that vary by one or two attributes
  • Shows beginning understanding of number and quantity
  • Participates in measuring activities

SCIENTIFIC THINKING

  • Uses simple tools and equipment for investigation
  • Makes comparisons among objects
  • Asks questions and uses senses to observe and explore materials and natural phenomena.

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Identifies similarities and differences in personal and family characteristics, begins to understand family needs, roles, and relationships
  • Demonstrates awareness of rules, and awareness of what it means to be the leader
  • Shows awareness of the environment

ARTS

  • Uses variety of art materials for tactile experiences and explorations
  • Participates in music, creative movement, dance and drama
  • Responds to artistic creations and events

MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Coordinates movements to perform simple tasks
  • Uses hand & eye coordination to perform tasks
  • Shows beginning control of writing, drawing and art tools

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