Carla & Dennis Pratt started Prattland Music Adventures in Lehi with the idea of using their skills and talents in ways that would benefit the surrounding community. With that same intent, they are now launching Prattland Musical Preschool.
Carla and Dennis are both music teachers who started their teaching careers in 1985.
Carla started her teaching career by offering private voice and piano lessons from their home. In addition, she also taught for three years in public schools as a music and Kindergarten teacher. She now has more than 35 years of experience in teaching children about music.
Dennis started his career as a band and orchestra teacher and taught for 13 years before transitioning to the position of school administrator. He worked in this capacity for 18 years. When he retired, they both decided to do something where they could work together. That decision led them to start Prattland Music Adventures.
Philosophy of Learning for PreSchoolers at Prattland
Children at Prattland Musical Preschool learn “pre-skills,” which lay the groundwork for their future learning and development. Through playing, singing, and learning, children gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their math and music skills, and become successful students. The children at Prattland Musical Preschool in Lehi also learn school-readiness skills, which help them understand the routines of school, how to work in groups, and good classroom manners.
Though it may seem like preschool is all fun and games, the fact is that young children learn the skills they need through structured and unstructured play. At Prattland Musical Preschool, our young learners develop a variety of skills through fun musical games. Research has shown that the development of early literacy and math skills in preschool is associated with future school achievement. Preschoolers are filled with wonder and curiosity, and hence are very enthusiastic about exploring math, music, and literacy concepts. These positive attitudes can also greatly contribute to their future success in school. In addition, as Prattland Music students move through their classroom and manipulate toys, puzzles, and shapes, they will develop other important cognitive skills.
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Prattland Musical Preschoolers develop their literacy skills (reading, writing, and listening) throughout their day, not only during the scheduled “reading” or “literacy” time. At Prattland Musical PreSchool, our teachers will use read-alouds as well as poems, songs, and rhymes to teach topics across all subjects. Our classroom space is filled with signs and labeled objects which help kids make connections between objects and words, and words and letters.
In order to build reading skills, your preschooler will:
Recites rhymes and poems, and sing many songs.
Be surrounded by words and labeled objects in the classroom.
Begin to recognize letters and their sounds.
Read, listen to, and talk about books.
Do other “Reading Activities,” including:
Make Character Puppets: Create sock or brown paper bag puppets of your child’s favorite characters in books we read together. Use the puppets to act out the stories with your child. We will also use finger puppets.
Make Up Stories: Our teacher will tell stories about her childhood, and the class will make up stories together.
Use a Computer: Identify and type out letters, names, and words.
Make Letter Cookies: Roll out cookie dough into letters. We will also spell out your child’s name and other words with it. These are sensory ideas for teaching common sight words.
Rhyme Time: We will play games in which children take turns saying words (both real and silly), thinking of as many rhymes as possible.
Prattland Musical Preschool helps children develop early writing skills through a variety of arts and crafts projects. As preschoolers paint, draw, cut, and glue, they build strength in their hands and develop their fine motor skills.
In order to build writing skills, your child will:
- Draw, paint, cut, and glue
- Practice writing letters and names
- Practice writing their name in creative ways using sidewalk chalk and paints
- Create a variety of arts and crafts projects
- Write letters and cards
- Cut out different shapes from paper, felt, or another material.
Daily preschool math activities at Prattland Musical Preschool in Lehi include learning numbers, practicing counting, identifying shapes, working with calendars, and other foundational math skills. In addition, playing with puzzles, building toys, blocks, and games also helps the preschoolers at Prattland Musical Preschool develop math skills.
In order to build math skills, your preschooler will:
- Learn to count
- Identify numbers and their meanings
- Determine shapes and patterns
- Understand measurement
- Sort, categorize, and compare objects
- Practice counting skills by numbering steps up or down stairs, while jumping rope, and more
- Use blocks, straws, sticks, and other objects to make shapes and create patterns
- Participate in sorting races
- Play I Spy with shapes and colors
- Create collages or books of objects that are different shapes and colors
- Make a counting book
- Form different shapes out of food such as sandwiches, vegetables, noodles, and more
Music is a very important part of any preschool classroom. At Prattland Musical Preschool in Lehi, we use music to welcome children to the rug, signal transitions, help them practice patience, and more. It’s safe to say that music brightens the classroom in many ways. Our teachers begin their days with songs that welcome each child during morning circle time. They also utilize songs that enhance what the children are learning in relation to rhyming and counting. Music can encourage children to get up and move or to rest quietly on the rug.
The Importance of Music
Scientific research has shown that different aspects of music activate different parts of the brain. In fact, half of the brain processes the words of the song while the other half processes the music. Listening to music and playing music games, therefore, helps children to use the various parts of their brains simultaneously, and also stimulates a child’s frontal lobes, which are important to both language and motor development.
Social and Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning in Prattland Musical Preschool in Lehi occurs throughout the day, as the preschoolers interact with each other. They learn to share, take turns, and work together. Through these interactions, they build social skills and develop the habits that will help them be successful later on in life.
As part of social and emotional learning, your preschooler will:
Work in groups, share and take turns
Clean up and help organize the classroom
Practice manners during meal and snack times
Develop conflict resolution skills
Establish communication and conversation skills
Expand listening skills
Practice manners such during class
Share moments from their day
Prices and Policies
There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee per student. To register, please call 801-376-2276.
Tuition is $200 per student, per month, and is due on the first of each month.
Class is held from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. every Tuesday through Friday.
Classes for Prattland Musical Preschool are held at Prattland Music Adventures, 3370 N Digital Dr #140, Lehi, Utah 84043
Students should arrive at Prattland Musical Preschool no earlier than 8:25 a.m., and should be picked up no later than 11:05 a.m.
We will be closed for Spring Break from Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10, 2020. We are open all other days.
The first day of school is Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and the last day of school is Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Preschool graduation will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.
There will be one field trip per month. Fees for the field trips are included in the cost of tuition. Parents are encouraged to volunteer for field trips.