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Carla & Dennis Pratt started Prattland Music Adventures with the idea of using their skills and talents in ways that would benefit the surrounding community.  So, with that same intent, they are now launching Prattland Musical PreSchool.

As you may already know, Carla and Dennis are both teachers.  They both started teaching in 1985, with Carla teaching private voice and piano lessons from their home, and Dennis as a band and orchestra teacher.  Carla has now taught private music lessons for 35 years. In addition, she also taught 3 years in the public schools as both a music teacher as well as a Kindergarten teacher.  Dennis taught for 13 years, and then worked as a school administrator for 18 years (13 years as an elementary school principal). When he retired, they both decided to do something where they could work together, and hence Prattland Music Adventures was born.  And now, building on their experience with young children, Prattland Musical PreSchool has begun.


The Philosophy of Learning for PreSchoolers at Prattland:

PreSchoolers at Prattlnd Musical PreSchool learn “pre-skills,” which lay the groundwork for their future learning and development. Through their playing, singing, and learning, Prattland preschoolers gain skills that ultimately help them learn to read, write, build their math and music skills, and become successful students. Prattland preschoolers also learn “school readiness” skills, which help them understand the routines of school, how to work in groups, and how to be students.

Though it may seem like it, preschool is not all fun and games. In fact, Prattland Musical PreSchoolers will learn through the fun and games, including a lot of music!  Research has shown that the development of early literacy and math skills in preschool is associated with future school achievement in both mathematics and literacy. Prattland preschoolers are filled with wonder and curiosity, and hence are very enthusiastic about exploring the math, music, and literacy concepts described on the webpages linked below.  These positive attitudes can also greatly contribute to the preschoolers’ future success in school. In addition, as Prattland preschoolers move through their classroom and manipulate toys, puzzles, and shapes, they will develop other important cognitive skills.

Click on the links below to learn more about what you can expect with a child in Prattland Musical PreSchool:


Reading & Writing

Reading in Prattland Musical PreSchool 

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.

Writing in Prattland Musical PreSchool

Prattland Musical Preschoolers’ early writing skills are developed through the various arts and crafts projects we will do throughout their class.  As preschoolers paint, draw, cut, stick, and glue, they build strength in their hands and develop their fine motor skills, gaining the strength and skills required to hold and use pens and pencils. (This is what's happening when your preschooler starts to color inside the lines.)  And, of course, the reading that your preschooler will do is directly connected to developing his or her writing and other literacy skills.

In order to build writing skills, your Prattland preschooler will:

  • Draw, paint, cut, and glue, hence developing fine motor skills.

  • Practice writing letters and names.

  • Do other writing activities, including:

  • Practice Writing Her or His Name in Creative Ways: Use sidewalk chalk, paints, a stick in the dirt, or write on a steamy window.

  • Arts and Crafts: The more your child draws, glues and paints, the stronger his hands will be.  Preschoolers love to glue and cut anything from googly eyes and shapes to pictures from magazines.

  • Write Letters and Cards: Your child will write a letter or card to someone. She or he can decorate it and decide what to write. She or he can even hold your hand as you write some of the words (particularly, her name) or add her own “note” or picture to a cards we write.

  • Cut things!: Guide your child in cutting out different shapes from paper, felt, or another material. He can also cut objects such as plastic straws or lines on wrapping paper.

Math

Math in Prattland Musical PreSchool 

Daily preschool math activities at Prattland Musical PreSchool include learning numbers, practicing counting, creating and learning shapes, working with calendars, and other foundational math oriented knowledge and skills.  In addition, playing with puzzles, building toys, blocks, and games helps our preschoolers at Prattland Musical PreSchool practice and build math skills as they count, manipulate objects, and work with different shapes, spaces, and sizes.

In order to build math skills, your preschooler will:

  • Count.

  • Learn what a number is.

  • Learn about, find, and form shapes and patterns.

  • Measure.

  • Sort, categorize, and compare objects.

  • Do other math activities, including:

  • Count in a Fun and Active Way: Count steps as we climb them, count as the child jumps, or count objects.

  • Play with Shapes and Patterns: Use blocks, straws, sticks, and other objects to make shapes and create patterns.

  • Sorting Races: We’ll ask the kids to sort different shapes and colors as fast as they can.

  • I Spy:  Play “I Spy” with shapes and colors. For example say “I spy a circle,” or “I spy something red.”  We will also use the I Spy books for this.

  • Shape Collages: Make collages or books of objects that are different shapes and colors.

  • Number Books: Make our own counting book. Each page can have a number and that quantity of objects. Use drawings, photographs, magazine clippings, or actual objects (buttons, small toys, etc.).

  • Play with Your Food!: Make different shapes out of food such as sandwiches, cut up vegetables, noodles, and pizza dough. Alternatively, cut pizza dough or tortillas into different shapes of pizza.


Music

Music in Prattland Musical PreSchool 

Music is a very important part of the Pre-K classroom, and especially at Prattland Musical PreSchool.   Where would early childhood be without music?!? We rely on it to welcome children to the rug, signal transitions, help the preschoolers wait out a delay, and reinforce basics such as rhyming and counting.  It’s safe to say that music brightens classroom dynamics in many ways! Who among us hasn’t sung Clean up, clean up… or Five more minutes? Our teachers will begin their days with a song such as, “Here We Are Together” or “Hello, Everybody,” to greet each child in the morning circle.  We might have favorite rhyming and counting songs, such as “A Hunting We Will Go” and “Mary Mack, All Dressed in Black.” And we honor (sometimes) children’s wishes to sing their ABC’s over and over again. Music can set a mood and define a tempo, sparking children to get up and move or to rest quietly on the rug.

Singing together deepens children’s sense of community and introduces melodies, language, and rhythms from different cultures.  One noted pioneer in education describes it as follows: “Music is a vehicle for students to express themselves in ways no other communication can achieve. We strive to help students discover their own melody, create harmony with others, and experience the heartbeat of our shared humanity.”  I like imagining that preschoolers can “experience the heartbeat of our shared humanity.”

When singing and moving occupy a solid place in the classroom, children build a repertoire of songs and delight in singing them over and over and over again, adding new lyrics, personalizing them, owning them. Musical experiences grow as they do, echoing children’s feelings, offering solace, and just plain jazzing things up.

Research on Music in PreSchool

A growing body of significant research is showing us how music helps young children build powerful thought networks that fortify their learning in areas as varied as language processing, visual perception, memory, mathematics, and, of course, creative expression. “Music molds the mind,” writes Dr. Susan Barry, professor of neurobiology at Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts), referring to early childhood when children are most receptive to music’s benefits. “Making music actively engages the brain’s synapses. As young children participate in music-based activities, their muscles, senses, and intellect are engaged simultaneously; they are exercising their brains in ways they rarely do. Long-term musical training actually re-organizes the brain.”

The notion that activities as intuitive and engaging as singing, moving, and playing an instrument can enhance a young child’s neurological development is pretty powerful. In her article, “How Music Improves the Lives of Children,” Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell (a researcher from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California) writes, “Music keeps the mind sharp, serving as a challenging cognitive exercise. It also feeds the soul, develops character, and boosts creativity.

We at Prattland Musical PreSchool feel that music is simply the most engaging, successful way to give four year olds memorable and meaningful learning experiences.  The most important thing we have learned about using music in the classroom is to make it interactive.  We will provide props for the children to touch while we are singing the songs. We will have the students moving their bodies as we model.

The Importance of Music

Scientific research, including CAT scans, 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.  Music also stimulates a child’s frontal lobes, which are important to both language and motor development.

Music is used as a memory aid for many older students because it takes several discrete pieces of information and combines them into one larger piece of information – a song.  Processing that one piece of information is much easier than processing a long list. Therefore, music is an important aspect of learning. Music and movement used together as we do in Prattland Musical PreSchool helps children develop their innate understanding of music, which enables them to tap into this aspect of music later on in life.

The Importance of Movement

Just like music, movement and rhythm exercises stimulate the brain which reinforces language concepts. The frontal lobes of the brain go through two main growth spurts – one between the ages of two and six, and one at about age twenty-two. Therefore, music and movement classes are most beneficial during the toddler and preschool years.

Movement causes the brain to produce endorphins, chemicals that increase both the child’s energy levels and her ability to learn. Movement also sends oxygen to the brain, which aids in the thought process.

Music and movement activities that include cross lateral movement are especially important to brain development.  Cross lateral movement includes any movement in which the arms or legs cross the midsection of the body. This can be achieved by dancing with scarves or swaying like a tree, both common in music and movement activities we use in Prattland Musical PreSchool.  Cross lateral movement enables both sides of the brain to work together, which is important in strengthening brain connections.

The importance of music and movement in a preschool classroom cannot be underestimated. Incorporating the two skills can prepare children’s minds for learning throughout their school years.


Social & Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning in Prattland Musical Preschool 

Social emotional learning in Prattland Musical Preschool occurs throughout the day, as the preschoolers interact with each other, learning to share, take turns, and work together.  Through these interactions, they build their social skills and learn how to be successful students.

As a part of social emotional learning, your preschooler will:

  • Work in groups, sharing and taking turns.

  • Clean up and helps organize the classroom.

  • Practice manners during meal and snack time.

  • Develop conflict resolution skills.

  • Develop communication and conversation skills.

  • Develop better listening skills

  • Other Social Emotional Learning Activities, including:

  • Mind Your Manners: Practice manners such as saying “thank you” and “please” during class and activities.

  • Talk about Your Day: Prattland Musical PreSchool teachers will share moments from their day with the preschool children and ask them to do the same. When something very interesting or exciting happens, we’ll take a picture of the moment or ask children to draw a picture of it, then decide together what preschoolers can write to describe it.

  • Clean Up Toys Together: Make clean-up time fun, asking kids to find like objects, put back toys as quickly as possible, or put away toys that are a certain color or shape.


Prices & Policies

We charge a $100 per student non-refundable registration fee.  To register, please call 801-376-2276.

We charge tuition of $200 per student per month, due by 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 be brought to 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 (no class will be held) Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10, 2020.  All other days (Tuesdays through Fridays) we are open.

Prattland Musical PreSchool will start on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and will continue through 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 price of your preschooler’s tuition.  Moms or Dads are encouraged to volunteer to help with transportation for our field trips.


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