The Pre-Kindergarten Program at AOSR is dedicated to our youngest students, and founded in research and standards based, developmentally appropriate practices. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, teachers create a stimulating learning environment that nourishes curiosity and cultivates growth in all areas of development. Students learn as they explore, question, observe, discuss, reflect, and play.
A stimulating and welcoming educational environment
The child is the center of the Reggio Emilia inspired classroom. We inspire and encourage our youngest students to direct their own learning. Our teachers carefully observe and track the growth of each student and the classroom community. The foundational belief of Pre-K supports our school wide belief in the incredible potential of each student.
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Our youngest students develop foundational skills such as respect, kindness, responsibility, perseverance, and integrity. These values are practiced by collaborating in groups, cooperating with teachers and peers, building cultural understanding, resolving conflicts, and taking turns.
Teachers guide our youngest students to develop an understanding of concepts and reasoning skills through 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.
Our youngest students develop large motor skills (i.e. bending, twisting, walking, running, etc.) through active and interactive opportunities in the classroom, on the playground, and in physical education classes.
Through creative play, fine motor skills are developed. This is is essential preparation as students begin to experiment with writing.
Creativity is encouraged daily through art, dramatic play, and music. Weekly music classes introduce students to various instruments and provide opportunities for dance and movement. Different materials allow the students to create, exercise abstract thinking, and expand their techniques for self-expression.
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. Students are supported and encouraged as they begin to demonstrate interest in pre-reading and writing skills.