Kai Koholā Preschool

Currently, our PreK is comprised of 19 students who are taught by a certified teacher and full-time Educational Assistant.  The focus of our program is to provide foundational Hawaiian language and Papakū Makawalu skills and to introduce Ka ʻUmeke’s daily practices and rituals to our earliest learners (95% of Ka ʻUmeke’s Kindergarten class in any given year have no previous Hawaiian language background).  In the 2017-2018 school year, Ka ʻUmeke intends to expand the PreK program to include 30 students.  With this change will come the addition of another teacher.


75% of haumāna participating in our Pre-K programs will be prepared for Papa Mālaaʻo.

Social-Emotional Development

Interacts well with classmates

Participates in group activities

Keeps hands to self

Follow routines for care of own belongings and school supplies

Follow schedule and typical classroom routines (come when called, sit attentively at circle, participate in clean-up)

Show respect and recognize the feelings of others and the causes of their reactions

Shows self-confidence

Takes care of one’s own needs

Shares materials, toys, and ideas during play

Math Readiness

One-to-one correspondence (up to 10)

Sorts objects by color, by shape, by size

Identifies colors (ʻulaʻula, melemele, poni, uliuli, ʻeleʻele, ʻākala, ʻalani, keʻokeʻo, ʻāhinahina, ʻōmaʻomaʻo, mākuʻe)

Identifies 5 basic shapes (pōʻai, huinakolu, huinahā like, hōkū, haka)

Verbally counts to 20 by ones

Counts up to 10 objects

Identifies numbers 0-10

Arranges items in toder by size

Makes simple patterns (ababab)

Physical Well Being, Health, and Motor Development

Use small, precise finger and hand movements (e.g. string small beads; cuts small pictures; uses small Legos)

Has more control while holding writing/drawing tools with a three-point finger grip

Manage routines, i.e. dressing self, using toilet alone, using utensils

Identify and attend to personal hygiene needs

With reminders, washes hands before eating, after toileting, after using tissues

Uses scissors effectively

Able to print their first name

Language Arts/Reading Readiness (in Hawaiian)

Shows interest in books/stories

Responds to stories read aloud

Retells familiar stories

Shows interest in writing

Writes using pictures/symbols/letters

Identifies same and different

Recognizes own name in print

Demonstrates phonemic awareness (hua hakalama)

Identifies uppercase letters

Identifies lowercase letters

Oral Language (in Hawaiian)

Able to communicate ideas clearly and effectively.

Listen and respond attentively to conversations (e.g. engaging in at least 3 exchanges, pose questions and listen to the ideas of others, share experiences when asked)

Papakū Makawalu 

Kilo: Use visual and auditory senses to observe things in the environment

Describe and anticipate weather changes

Name any celestial object seen in the day or night sky (Papahulilani)

Ke ʻAno Haumāna (from school wide K-6 report card)

Hōʻihi – Respect self and others

Launa maikaʻi – Interacts well with peers (i.e. playing or working cooperatively)

Hahai ʻokuhi – Listens to and follows school and classroom rules and routines

Hoʻokō haʻawina – Completes class work on time

Poʻokela – Produces quality work

Maiau a maʻemaʻe – Demonstrates neatness and organization

Hōʻea kūpono a mākaukau – Arrives prepared

Waipahē – Practices courteous and polite manners

Komo i ka hana – Participates

Kia ka noʻonoʻo – Stays focused and follows directions

Makaʻala i ka palekana – Understands and demonstrates ways to keep a healthy and safe environment

Koho i ke kūpono – Makes responsible choices

Hana ʻaeʻoia – Works well independently

Noi kōkua – Seeks help when needed

Mālama honua – Takes care of the environment around them (i.e. classroom, māla, supplies)

ʻAuamo kuleana – Knows his/her kuleana in various situations

1 – Beginning

2 – Developing

3 – Proficient

NA – Not assessed at this time