Our Pre-K 3 curriculum is Reggio Emilia inspired, taking a collaborative approach to learning, viewing the child as a capable, social being. Teachers seek to foster meaningful relationships between children, their peers, the entire community and their environment. The curriculum supports exploration and learning and the environment reflects the project based approach to learning. In our developmentally appropriate classrooms, teachers identify what intrigues their children and develop activities based on the children’s needs and interests. This fosters a love of learning, curiosity, attention, confidence, and self-direction.
All the basic concepts in language arts, mathematics, physical development, science and social studies are presented in an integrated framework that includes hands-on activities, as well as appropriately integrated technology. This allows the children to make important connections across all disciplines.
Learning to read and write is an ongoing process. Our PreK3 children learn in a print-rich environment and are continually observing and learning about written language.
Our emergent literacy curriculum emphasizes the ongoing development of skills in reading and writing, and stresses participation in literacy activities that are meaningful and functional from the student's point of view.
- Writing is modeled through charts, stories, songs and poetry.
- Emergent writing and word building is supported for children who have not yet developed fine motor skills with appropriate materials.
- Teachers encourage and support student writing by creating many opportunities to draw, copy, and dictate stories.
- Student authors share their writing with the class and receive encouragement and feedback.
- Children learn to be a part of an audience by listening to peers share their personal writing,
- Children listen and respond to stories, informational text and poetry.
- Children are encouraged to “read” individually, with friends and to adults every day.
- Children play with sounds through rhyme and alliteration to increase phonemic awareness.
- Children are taught to ask and answer thoughtful questions related to topics being discussed.
Students in the PreK3 are offered the opportunity to explore math concepts. Math experiences are embedded in daily activities and include:
- Exploring spatial relationships.
- Counting with a variety of objects.
- Using finger-plays and songs involving math concepts.
- Providing opportunities for children to work with manipulatives in order to concretely explore math concepts.
The PreK3 social studies curriculum is designed to foster a democratic social learning community based on respect for onself and others. As part of the Responsive classroom curriculum, students begin each year involved in group discussions to develop rules for their classroom. This sets the tone for daily meetings and learning opportunities throughout the year.
Science is integrated into the pre-kindergarten classrooms. Children discover concepts through their own active involvement and reasoning. Students have opportunities to discover science through a multi-sensory, hands-on approach that emphasizes observing, interpreting, collecting, recording and predicting information about scientific topics and concepts. The students explore in the science lab with the science teacher at least once each week.
Students in PreK3 learn common expressions, topics, vocabulary, and grammar usage through use and repetition. Stories and songs engage the students and lessons are highly interactive. The design and variety of the learning components are intended to provide a natural learning experience by surrounding students with an immersion environment of new language, modeled in the way we all learned our first language. Students attend Spanish classes bi-weekly.
The PreK3 art program affords our young learners many opportunities to experience, explore and discover many different media. Nearly daily, the children experience the process of creating through sensory-based exploration. Children work with the art teacher on creative projects bi-weekly.
The PreK3 classes attend music in the music room two times each week. Their music activities focus on providing:
- Group and solo singing opportunities
- Rhythmic activities
- Musical games and creative dramatics
- Movement to melodic and rhythmic selections
- Opportunities to play with rhythmic and melodic instruments
- Use of technology through Smartboard and iPads
Physical education provides students with opportunities to develop gross motor skills through running, climbing, kicking, throwing and swinging. Children attend physical education classes bi-weekly.