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Curriculum: Preschool/Prekindergarten

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

Children have many opportunities daily to listen to and read stories, poetry, and nonfiction.  They may dictate stories and observations; observe and help create charts, tables, and other forms of communication; talk informally with their peers and with adults; and experiment with writing by drawing, copying, journaling, and working with Writing Without Tears.  We use a multi-sensory approach to teaching letter recognition, phonics, and sight words. 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,  AND MATHEMATICS

Children practice the scientific skills of observing, predicting, experimenting, and evaluating using elements of the natural world.  They also explore kits and games intoducing such concepts as magnetism, architecture, and gravity.  Judicious use of technology, such as iPads, helps students explore the greater world and become familiar with modern tools.  A wide variety of manipulatives facilitates students' awareness and application of mathematical foundations including number sense, patterning, estimation, and problem solving.

CREATIVE ARTS

Children have opportunities to use the arts to symbolize their experiences, ideas, and emotions in verbal and non-verbal ways.  We also provide opportunities to participate in group music experiences and to listen to various types of music.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Each child’s home culture and language are brought into the classroom through family involvement, special celebrations, and photos.  Monthly field trips or visits from guest speakers and family members offer opportunities for children to experience the larger community and meet people from a variety of backgrounds. Dramatic play allows children to experiment with roles and structures in family and community.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

Our PE specialist creates opportunities to participate in cooperative games and to practice large-motor skills including running, jumping, climbing, throwing, catching, and balancing.