The Pre-K curriculum is designed to work with different developmental levels and different learning styles; teachers want your child to be successful and challenged. The program is based on the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Preschool Learning Experiences. Frameworks are designed to help your child flourish on all levels. Based on six strands of guided learning, the curriculum is multi-dimensional and all learning is highly interrelated:
- English Language Arts: Pre-Kindergarten provides a language rich environment so your child will continue to expand his growing vocabulary. Children develop literacy comprehension by listening to and reading books, and writing on their own. During Bug Week, your child will listen to The Ladybird and write in her journal about her own experience with bugs. She then might go on to write and illustrate her own story about that experience. Children are encouraged to write and talk about books as they read them. Class sing-alongs are great fun and help review lessons!
- Mathematics: In Pre-K, children develop a deeper comprehension of numbers, conception of size and spatial awareness. For example, how many inches tall are we? How long are our arms? Children engage in fun art and learning activities such as body tracing and painting.
- History and Social Sciences: Students are encouraged to ask questions and explore the world around them. The class covers topics such as the different landscapes, seasons, and plants and animals. Students may be asked to discuss how humans and animals interact. Students will brainstorm and learn about how seeing eye dogs help the blind or how we often feed wild birds because we enjoy their company and beauty.
- Science and Technology: How does the world around us work? We learn through experimentation. Your child will be exposed to many concepts such as floating vs. sinking, estimating and working with blocks and towers.
- Health Education: It is important to take care of ourselves! This means eating right had having a blast running around and playing fun games. Your child is beginning to learn about the importance of nutrition and we value a healthy lifestyle.
- Creative Arts: Teachers emphasize the joy of creativity; art is focused on process rather than product. Your child’s teacher will often use the phrase “Tell me about the painting” and encourage your child to express what he has created. Maybe he wasn’t trying to make anything at all, maybe he was practicing mixing colors or enjoying the process without a vision of an end product.
Most importantly, we understand that children learn more when they are having fun! Pre-K is a time to expand your child’s social skills and to build and strengthen relationships with peers. A large part of the curriculum is spent interacting and laughing with fellow students. The playground is a safe place for your child to play games and run around with peers.
Pre-Kindergarten teachers are in touch with parents daily – you will always be part of your child’s school day! Every week families are given a newsletter that informs parents of their child’s weekly curriculum and all activities. In addition, teachers use the Pearson Learning Assessment to keep track of your child’s developmental progress and to give you an accurate account of your child’s development.