Our Pre-Kindergarten class focuses on the following key academic areas:
Students have morning and afternoon reading periods where they enjoy many selections from our library of classic books. Phonics and blended sounds allow children to begin sounding out words by the end of the year (sometimes fully reading). Continued emphasis on proper pencil grip and ability to write all letters in both upper and lower cases.
Math and Science
Number recognition of numbers 1 to 30. Counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Sorting and classifying, graphing, coins, simple addition and subtraction calendar skills. Introduction to measurement, proportion and analogy. Outdoor nature exercises to learn about seasons, trees (parts of a plant), sky, earth, day, and night. Identifying land animals versus water animals.
Children respond to questions and commands in French and learn French counting and the French alphabet. Students are taught authentic pronunciation of numbers, colors, songs, and rhymes. Audio recordings to help children practice and produce authentic pronunciation are used as well.
Daily devotionals that center upon God’s unending love for humanity. Proverbs that teach the importance of values such as honesty, forgiveness, and humility.
Drawing geometric shapes and applying them to drawings of animals and people. Create compositions from basic shapes. Learning primary and secondary colors, and experimenting with different pencils, crayons, and paint.
Social Studies and Social Development
Learning about family, cultural traditions, and celebrations. Children are given the freedom and encouragement to express their ideas, to share with others, and to enjoy the interactions with other classmates.
Physical Education and movement is an essential component of elementary education. Students engage in formal physical education classes four days a week, where they develop motor skills, physical fitness, cognitive concepts such as traveling in different directions and awareness of rules and strategies in various sports, as well as personal social character traits. Children benefit from close proximity to Central Park on all good-weather days. Recess and physical activity exist every day.
Preschool and Kindergarten students develop a foundation of musical skills by comparing music through dichotomies (loud/soft, fast/slow) and by experiencing music through physical action and written notation. Students learn to match pitch with their voices and to keep a steady beat both with their bodies and with instruments.
Students begin formal chess lessons in Pre-Kindergarten. One of the benefits of learning chess at an early age is that it helps children recognize complex patterns and consequently excel in math and science.