Our multiage PreK/K provides our youngest students with a play-based, nurturing, and collaborative community, where children are celebrated and respected for their individuality. Students who begin the program in PreK spend two years with our PreK/K teaching team, ensuring continuous academic and social growth. Our program is also designed to welcome new students in the Kindergarten year, integrating them into our classroom community and tailoring our program to fit each child’s needs.
Our thematic curricula alternate biennially between the overarching themes of “Perceptions” (Year A) and “Reflections” (Year B). Within each thematic curriculum, our students explore subjects rich with opportunities for hands-on learning and play, and full of content that is meaningful and accessible for each child. Within any given year, teachers develop and adjust curriculum content based on the interests and passions of our students.
Three classroom co-teachers work as a team to meet each child’s individual developmental needs, with consistent and ongoing observation, assessment, and support. Core subject areas of Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science are integrated meaningfully into each theme. PreK/K students also regularly go to “Specials,” where they explore Art, Music and Spanish, P.E., Technology, and Library. Students also spend weekly time in the Collaboratory, our early childhood makerspace.
To ensure that our students meet curriculum standards and develop necessary skills within our thematic, play-based approach to learning, teachers draw on developmentally appropriate scope and sequence in each subject area.

Click here to view the comprehensive PreK/K curriculum. A brief description for each core subject area is also included here:
Language Arts
Language Arts is interwoven into all aspects of our day. Every day children engage in literature as they participate in storytime, take part in dramatic play, converse with their peers, and learn about letters, sounds and their relationship to each other. Keeping in mind the wide range of learning modalities, teachers draw from Project Read and Handwriting Without Tears curricula to guide teaching letter formation, sound awareness, and phonics.
In Math, children build and internalize math concepts by manipulating concrete objects and math tools. They determine concrete patterns and relationships by exploring manipulatives, and begin to apply numerals and other symbols in their work. Math explorations are designed to encourage multiple levels of access and practice for children across developmental levels. Teachers draw from Juanita Copley’s The Young Child and Mathematics, and Froebel’s Gifts in planning math curriculum.
Social Studies
The PreK/K curriculum responds to the child’s developing interest in and knowledge of themselves and the natural world. Through thematic study, children explore individual and group identities, awareness and respect for differences, personal responsibility and cooperation and problem solving skills. Teachers draw deeply on the four goals of Anti-Bias Education (NAEYC) in their work.
Scientific inquiry is explored primarily through active exploration of materials, with daily Reggio-style “provocations” designed to engage students’ curiosity. We emphasize “fieldwork” throughout the year, using the natural world as an inspiration for discovery and a tool for learning. Students in PreK/K explore science through themes that include water, light, the human body, engineering, and space. We encourage children to make meaningful connections and construct knowledge through hands-on inquiry and open-ended discovery.

Examples of classroom theme projects:

Year A: Perspectives:

During our study of space, students take part in a gravity simulation using the CRS rock wall. With the help of P.E. teacher Paula Converse and Athletic Director Paul Rupprecht, students climb the wall and then hang in mid-air, as they experience the sensation of weightlessness real astronauts feel in space. Shouts of “That was amazing!” can be heard echoing up and down the hallway, as students revel in participating in real life “astronaut training.”

Year B: Reflections:

As we read and explore fairy tales from around the world, certain stories resonate with our students. A chosen fairy tale gets a PreK/K rewrite, complete with an original song. Parts are chosen, lines are practiced, costumes and props are made, and an original performance is put on for the entire school at the annual May Day celebration. It’s always unique and surprising—in the best way!  

Meet the PreK Teaching Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Ayan Osman

    Ayan Osman 

    PreK/K Co-Teacher
  • Photo of Shayna Frutkoff

    Shayna Frutkoff 

    PreK/K Co-Teacher
Charles River School is a PreKindergarten through Grade 8 independent school that honors the pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood. We nurture each child by igniting curiosity, encouraging creativity, and cultivating intellectual engagement. Our graduates know themselves, understand others, and shape the future of our diverse world with confidence and compassion.

Charles River School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.