Summer Class Preparing Youngest Students for the Classroom

by M. Earle, Contributing Writer, Mountain View School District

Mountain View School District’s Summer Preschool Transition classes are supporting the District’s youngest students to transition into the classroom setting after a year in distance learning.

According to Dr. Aileen LaCorte, Principal of Preschool Programs, the goal of the Preschool Transition Class is to provide an effective, fun and enjoyable experience for students.

“Our summer program is focused on socialization, getting accustomed to the classroom and creative curriculum units,” said LaCorte. “Our teachers and support staff are providing a wonderful program that builds foundational skills and is really fun for our preschoolers.”

Through a variety of activities, the preschoolers are learning fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, how to follow directions, how to share with others, problem solving, how to interact with others and much more.

At Miramonte School students were working on their balance, gross motor skills and hand- eye coordination by walking across the playground on using EZ Steppers.

“The summer program has been very beneficial for my students,” said Marlin Machado, Miramonte summer preschool teacher. “There were things we couldn’t do during distance learning that they are learning now being in the classroom like following one and two step directions, following a schedule, sharing with others, taking turns, problem solving and interacting face to face with others. I’ve seen big changes in my students’ development over the past three weeks and what they are learning will help them be successful when they move on to Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or Kindergarten,” said Machado.

Students in Monte Vista School’s Preschool Transition class were busy taking part in activities to build their fine motor skills like painting, hammering, sorting and counting plastic insects, building with connectors and creating with playdough.

“The students have a lot of fun with these activities which help build their fine motor skills and finger muscles so they can master using a pencil and scissors as they get ready for TK and Kindergarten,” said Lilibeth Perez, Monte Vista preschool teacher. “Additionally, while they are completing the activities they are working on their listening skills, learning to take turns and follow directions.”

MVSD’s outstanding Early Childhood Education Program is currently accepting applications for Head Start and Early Head Start preschool programs for the 2021-2022 school year for children 0 to 4 years old as well as pregnant mothers.

For more information contact the Early Childhood Education Office at 626-652-4250.