PreK & Kindergarten
We believe that the intellectual and emotional lives of young children develop best in a setting in which teachers, the environment, and the program support play and exploration and the construction of relationships and ideas.
Walk into a PK or Kindergarten classroom and you’ll notice how many different activities are going on at one time. This is the “negotiated curriculum” in action: teachers prepare an environment filled with possibilities and encourage choice, initiative, exploration, and collaboration. Behind it all is the teacher’s belief in the child’s capacity and motivation to figure out the world and the desire to represent his or her ideas. Children arrive at our doorstep eager to get involved. Teachers respond with programs that support this drive for understanding, autonomy, and competence.
Classrooms are designed so that a child can function as independently as possible, helping the child experience confidence and competence as she chooses what to do. Once the child has learned routines and how the room works, he is free to be in charge of time within those constructs. It is the child’s world in which to enjoy, explore, think, and play. In kindergarten the scope widens to include leaving the classroom for library, music, and physical education taught by specialists.
Whether acting out stories they’ve dictated, listening at story time, writing using invented spelling, or talking at “show and tell,” children are immersed in language and its many uses. Days are filled with mathematical thinking as children figure out how many days they’ve been in school or how to follow a recipe. Projects link language, science, and art media—paint, clay, music, movement—adding depth and breadth to a young mind’s understanding.
Morning Session 8:15-11:00 am (Must be 3 by June 1st)
All-Day Session 8:15-3:15 pm
We offer five half-day and all-day (M-F) sessions.
Pre-Kindergarten is a developmental program with an experience-based curriculum for three, four, and five-year-old children. Emphasis is placed on language, math, motor skill development, as well as science, social studies, and the creative arts. Social development is given high priority and is stressed throughout every aspect of the daily routine. The morning session is open to children who are at least three by June 1st. The all-day session is open to children who are at least four by September 1st.
Reading and Language Arts
The Reading and Language Arts Program focuses on the mastery of Phonemic Awareness Skills such as the concept of spoken word, rhyme recognition, and manipulation of individual units of sound. These skills are integrated into daily activities.
Components of reading and language arts
Shared reading experiences
Beginning writing opportunities
Topical poems and songs
Concept word wall
Small group experiences
Early letter knowledge
Early word recognition
Young children begin to develop mathematical understanding through experiences with a wide variety of real objects provided in learning centers and practical situations (e.g., blocks, pegs, buttons, cooking).
Components of math:
Recognizing and manipulating patterns
Social and Personal Skills
Social skills include interacting with others, work habits, and self-help skills. To develop these skills, children need daily opportunities to develop the ability to negotiate issues that occur, to take turns, to lead and follow, and to be a friend. They also need to learn how to deal with their feelings in a socially acceptable manner.
Large and Small Motor Skill Development
Young children need the opportunity to develop large and small motor skills through indoor and outdoor activities and games for the benefit of personal fitness and well being.
Science and Social Studies
Science and social studies experiences are provided through learning centers, resource people, and field trips.
Classifying, comparing, and contrasting objects
Our full day Kindergarten program offers a curriculum which is based on the knowledge of how young children develop and learn. The learning environment provides a wide variety of classroom activities which foster all areas of development: intellectual, language, physical and social; and provides the challenge for children to learn according to their individual growth patterns.
Reading and Language Arts
Young children begin to develop language arts skills through the context of shared reading with quality children's literature, shared writing, language experience, reading and writing centers. The Reading and Language Arts Program focuses on print awareness, phonological/phonemic awareness skills, phonics/decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. These skills are integrated into daily activities.
Reading and Language Arts Program Activities
Small reading groups
Independent reading time
Individualized skill groups
Young children begin to develop mathematical understanding through experiences with a wide variety of real objects provided in learning centers and practical situations (e.g. blocks, pegs, buttons, cooking).
Mathematics Program Activities
Geometry and spatial sense
Science and Social Studies
Science and social studies is integrated into themes of interest throughout the year and includes experiences with animals, plants, the environment, geography, history, and economics. Learning experiences are provided through learning centers, resource people, projects, and field trips.