Pre-Kindergarten Program Overview

  • The goal of the Wilson County Schools Voluntary Pre-K Program is to provide 4-year old children with the learning experiences they need in order to help them succeed in Kindergarten.The Pre-K Program prepares children for school by providing an opportunity for them to develop school readiness skills in an environment that fosters the love and joy of learning.Participation in the Pre-K Program helps children develop pre-academic and social skills that will help them in their educational career.

Pre-K Teacher Spotlight

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    Cat DeWolf Cate DeWolf:  
    Watertown Elementary School

    Favorite Subject in School:

    I loved school and I still do! I have an intense craving for learning and loved every subject. I love the problem solving in math, the discovery in science, the ability to learn so much from reading and the puzzle piecing of history.

    Describe an activity or strategy you use in your Pre-K Classroom and how it helps your students grab an academic or social skill:

    I love to incorporate movement and creativity into every lesson. Any time students can incorporate movement and doing into learning, their brain will be more apt to retain the information.

    These past few weeks we have been learning about plants. I have incorporated plant songs with movement and a classroom garden our students need to care for. During our song, students crouch like small seeds and cannot grow unless I give them proper soil, space, air, water and sunlight. Then the students will grow their roots (plant their feet), sprout (pop up a little bit) and then grow into a full plant (extending arms over head).

    As for our garden, students are responsible for recording progress of plants in our class gardening journal, watering them and measuring them. These hands on experiences are so important for these little ones and I love to see the light in their eye when they have learned something new through these experiences!

     

    Jennifer Rumpf

    Jennifer Rumpf: 
    Watertown Elementary School

    Favorite Subject in School:

    Reading is my favorite subject.  I have always loved to read and still do!  I enjoy sharing great books with my students and hope to pass a love of reading on to them.

    Describe an activity or strategy you use in your Pre-K Classroom and how it helps your students grab an academic or social skill:

    My favorite teaching strategy is Think Pair Share.  I like it because it allows my students time to process information that they are learning (Think). They then get to share that knowledge with a partner (Pair & Share). Discussing the new information with a partner helps both students learn from each other.  When students talk about what they are learning, it helps them to gain a deeper understanding. The Think Pair Share method also allows me to check my students level of understanding during a lesson. 

It Looks Like Play, But We are Learning

    • to work together 
    • to respect the rights of others
    • to express ourselves creatively
    • to grow in self-control
    • to grow from dependence to independence
    • to listen to directions an follow them
    • to develop good work habits
    • to finish what we start
    • that school can be a great place to be
    • to clean up after work or playtime
    • to participate in group activities
    • to share with our friends
    • to develop an interest in books and literature
    • to explore the world around us
    • to improve coordination and strength
    • to understand new words and to use them
    • to celebrate our success and the success of others
    • to BE HAPPY

Questions for Pre-K Program?

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    Contact Pre-K Program Link

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    615-547-7751, Ext. 2032

Community Partnerships

  • The Wilson County Pre-K Program is a proud community partner with the following agencies:

    Kiwanis Club of Mt. Juliet

    Members read to students weekly.