Program Overview

Our curriculum provides for all areas of development through an integrated, child-centered approach.

Differentiated instruction and a variety of learning styles are incorporated, thereby allowing each child to take full advantage of daily activities and projects. Language, drama, music, art and play provide numerous opportunities for self-expression throughout the school day.

Social and Emotional Learning

Respect, kindness, caring, honesty, responsibility, fairness and trustworthiness are instilled in the students from the first day. The teachers facilitate these values by modeling and praising positive social interaction. The students are provided with many opportunities to develop social skills such as cooperating, sharing, resolving conflicts, taking turns and working collaboratively in groups. Self-direction and independence are also valued and encouraged as children establish their individual identity within the group.

Language and Literacy

Basic skills develop when learning those skills is meaningful to the children. Language and literacy are integrated throughout the day in a variety of activities including reading stories and poems, games, puppetry, flannel boards, writing, drawing, painting, meeting times, imaginative play and conversations. Children are encouraged and supported as they begin to demonstrate interest in pre-reading and pre-writing skills.

Cognitive Development

Students develop concepts and reasoning skills by observing and interacting with their environment. Teachers guide the children in cause-and-effect thinking, anticipation of logical consequences, brainstorming, problem-solving skills and the articulation of ideas and theories. Concepts in the areas of social studies, math, and science are learned through relevant and engaging activities.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Students have daily opportunities to develop gross motor skills and express themselves freely on the playground. In the classroom fine motor skills are enhanced with a variety of activities, such as work with manipulatives, playdough, clay and art tools.

Creative Expression/Aesthetic Development

Creativity and aesthetic appreciation are fostered daily through art and music. 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.

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.

Environmental Awareness

Children are introduced to the concept of recycling and reusing. Families are encouraged to involve their children in the collection of recycled materials at home for use in the classroom. These materials often become integral elements of classroom projects and artwork.

Special Classes

  • Music: two times per week
  • Physical Education: two times per week
  • Elementary School Library Visit: one time per week