Kinder Readiness


Our Kindergarten Readiness program will lay the foundation needed to be successful in Kindergarten. Our thematic approach to teaching allows children to learn at age appropriate levels both academically and social emotionally.  Our program incorporates the Magic Penny Phonics program, S.T.E.M. Music and Technology to provide a well-rounded educational experience.  Our little learners walk away from our program with a solid academic foundation as well as positive self-esteem, a knowledge of God’s love, and compassion towards others


School Hours

Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Preschool Hours: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Free before school care starting at 7:00 am and extended day care available from 2:30-6:00 pm for a small fee.



  • Use of Magic Penny Phonics Program
  • Recognize capital and lower case letters in the alphabet out of order
  • Recognize first and last name and its letter components
  • Understand print concepts (top-bottom, left-right)
  • Discriminate between letters and numbers
  • Letter-sound correspondence
  • Introduce an abundance of literature genres (stories, poems, rhymes, songs)
  • Early reading enrichment
  • Emergent reading of predictable text



  • Counting to 100
  • Recognize out of sequence numbers from 0-20
  • Identify patterns (AB, ABB, AAB, ABC)
  • Classify objects
  • Measuring and Estimating skills



  • Journal writing
  • Tracing and writing words
  • Print awareness (left-right, top-bottom, spaces between letters and words)
  • Capitalize first letter in name



  • Explore and interpret information
  • Using manipulation to explore and experiment with things in the environment
  • Observe and describe characteristics of Earth and space
  • Observe and describe characteristics of living things (plants, animals, and people)



  • Basic awareness of self as an individual in the context of family and self within the community
  • Awareness of own culture and the culture of others
  • Awareness that people and things change over time
  • Understanding of roles, rights, and responsibilities at home and in school
  • Career awareness



  • Simple prayers (Grace, Our Father, Hail Mary)
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Bible stories and songs
  • Catholic seasons of Advent and Lent
  • Community service projects

Kinder Readiness Teacher

Larissa Cramer

Director / Kinder Readiness Teacher

Learn more about the Little Learners Academy

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