Our pre-kindergarten is a busy community, all working together toward the same ultimate goal: becoming competent, confident, independent problem solvers and lifelong learners.
Our classroom has clear routines, expectations, and boundaries within which the children freely operate. Our “noise” is productive and necessary! Table activities are a balance of outcome-based and process-oriented work. The center areas provide a framework for exploration. The children’s child-centered work (“play”) should not be underestimated! They actively work on problem solving while interacting with their classmates, gaining new understandings in literacy, science, math, and social studies, and develop motor skills.
Reading readiness is strongly supported and the opportunity to think mathematically is present in many things we do. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are an integral part of our day.We pattern, count, estimate, use geometry, measure, compute, compare/contrast, and graph data. Our math program is much more than computation. We are working toward possessing true logical-mathematical thinking.
The daily schedule in pre-kindergarten includes morning meeting, snack, free reading, theme study, math workshop, literacy, free choice, centers, outdoor play, recess, lunch, and rest time. In addition, our pre-kindergarteners go to physical education, music, and Spanish each week.
Our pre-kindergarten classroom is a lively place where children experience the joys of learning as they become confident in their understanding of self and community.