East Amherst
Daycare & Preschool
Daycare & Preschool
Readiness Center
UPK Program
North Tonawanda
UPK Program
Bricks 4 Kidz
UPK Curriculum:
      Carousel Academy works closely with the Lancaster Central School District to ensure that students are confident and well-prepared for Kindergarten. We also partner with parents and families to prepare each child for Kindergarten, as well as their future educational career. The Pre-Kindergarten's curriculum not only prepares each child academically but also includes important goals to enhance social and emotional skills. 

      When planning and preparing lessons and experiences, teachers use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum and resources. This developmentally appropriate curriculum uses hands-on materials to teach children literacy and math skills. Our curriculum goals also include the  New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Pre-K . Teachers use classroom observations and one-on-one assessments to monitor individual progress and create lesson plans and activities that engage students' interests and enhance their academic and social skills. 
UPK Handbook
Classroom Info
Afterschool Clubs
Literacy Skills:  
  • Identify most of the letters in the alphabet 
  • Write most of the letters of the alphabet
  • Identify sounds of letters
  • Identify print concepts  
  • Retell simple and familiar stories 
  • Recognize rhyming sounds  
Math Skills:
  • Rote counting 1-10 (1-20 by the end of the year) 
  • Count objects 1 by 1 (1-20 by the end of the year)
  • Recognize numerals 1-10    
  • Sort objects or pictures into different categories
  • Describe and classify the attributes of various objects
  • Recognize shapes 
  • Recognize colors
  Fine Motor Skills:
  • Grasp pencil, crayon, etc. correctly
  • Manipulate most tiny objects
  • Copy shapes from a given example
  • Draw a 2-6 part person
Gross Motor Skills:
  • Balance on 1 foot for 5 or more seconds
  • Throw ball overhand
  • Gallop
  • Walk full length of the balance beam
  • Walk up and down stairs alone
  • Manage climbing equipment
  • Skip on alternating feet
  • Hop 2 or 3 yards
Social/Emotional Skills:
  • Listen to peers and adults
  • Participate in cooperative play
  • Participate in whole group and small group instruction
  • Respect and use materials properly
  • Ability to state feelings
  • Ability to make individual choices
  • Button and zipper clothing/jackets
  • Take care of self in the bathroom   
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