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.
to view the comprehensive PreK/K curriculum. A brief description for each core subject area is also included here:
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.
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.