Program Overview

AOSR’S pre-kindergarten program is founded in research and standards based developmentally appropriate practices.  The curriculum focuses on all areas of development- social/emotional, fine/gross motor skills, cognitive skills, language/literacy and creative expression- through an integrated approach.  Differentiated instruction and a variety of learning styles are incorporated, thereby allowing each child to take full advantage of daily activities and learning opportunities.

 

Social and Emotional Development

Children are taught to take care of themselves, each other and the school environment.  Respect, kindness, caring, honesty, responsibility, fairness and trustworthiness are the foundation for building positive relationships.  Each day is filled with many opportunities to develop social skills such as working collaboratively in groups, cooperating with teachers and peers, building cultural understanding, sharing, resolving conflicts and taking turns.  Well-developed social and emotional skills ensure that children can learn to their highest potential.

Language and Literacy Skills

Language Arts offers children opportunities to speak, listen, reflect and comprehend  their world.  Basic literacy skills develop through meaningful learning experiences.  Language and literacy are integrated throughout the day in a variety of activities including reading stories and poems, singing songs, morning meeting, playing games, imaginative play, conversations, drawing, writing and creating artwork.  Children are supported and encouraged as they begin to demonstrate interest in pre-reading and pre-writing skills.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Children develop large motor skills (i.e. bending, twisting, walking, running, etc.) through active and interactive opportunities both in the classroom, on the playground and in physical education classes.    As children experience the environment with their bodies, coordination and balance are enhanced.  In the classroom, the development of fine motor skills is essential preparation as children begin to experiment with writing.  Children use their hands to explore various materials, thereby building strength, dexterity, accuracy and stamina.    

Creative Expression

Creativity and aesthetic appreciation are encouraged daily through art, dramatic play and music. Separate weekly music classes also introduce children to various instruments, as well as provide opportunities for dance and movement. 

Art is an integral part of children’s learning and a great variety of materials and media are used in the classroom.  Different types of materials allow the children to create, exercise abstract thinking and expand their repertoire of techniques for self-expression.

Cognitive Development

Students develop an understanding of concepts and reasoning skills through hands on experience with their environment.  Teachers guide the children in inquiry, investigation and reflection.  They support the development of skills such as cause-and-effect thinking, anticipation of logical consequences, brainstorming and problem solving. Concepts in the areas of social studies, math and science are learned through relevant, engaging and developmentally appropriate activities.

Technology & Special Classes

Technology

Various forms of technology and interactive media are integrated into the curriculum to support the children’s learning and development.  As appropriate, these tools are used to enhance the materials, activities, projects and interactions already present in the pre-k classroom.

Special Classes

Music: Two lessons per week

Physical Education: Two lessons per week

ES Library: One visit per week