Our classrooms are organized to meet the learning styles and developmental needs of young children. Children have opportunities for teacher-directed and child-directed activities.
Recognizing that children grow socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically at different rates, instruction is differentiated to ensure optimal success for each child.
Content is integrated into thematic units and student-initiated interest areas and is taught through learning experiences and activities within the learning environments. Please find an overview of our curriculum (instructional program) below:
AGES, CLASS SIZE AND SCHOOL HOURS
Prep Senior (PS)
5 years old by September 1
Average of 18 students per class
PS School Hours
8:00 am – 2:45 pm
During shared literacy sessions children become actively involved with books, words, pictures, and ideas. Knowledge of letter-sound relationships, drawing, storytelling, and writing are introduced in a meaningful context building on each child’s prior knowledge and readiness.
Students are engaged in self-selected and guided inquiry and exploration through indoor and outdoor play. Intentionally-design learning provocations and free choice play centers provide opportunities for children to design, create, role play, take risks, and interact with adults and peers.
Children explore mathematical concepts and develop the language of mathematics through using concrete materials and active investigation. Integrated learning experiences guide children through number sense, sorting, patterning, geometry and measurement.
Learning experiences stimulate practice of skills and support discussion of concepts. Science begins with observation and investigation of the immediate environment using the five senses and leads into inquiry about animals and natural materials around them.
Students take on the role of pinball machine engineers as they explore the effects of forces on the motion of an object. They consider cause and effect and structure and function as they design and build their own pinball machines. Students work to solve the problem of why students at one fictional school are too cold during morning recess while students at another school are too hot during afternoon recess. They develop and use models to gather evidence about the effect of sunlight (energy) on Earth’s surface (matter) and how flooding during wet weather can be avoided.
Children identify ways to take care of themselves, their classmates and their environment before inquiring into how other people in our community can help us.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Students attend specialist lessons with qualified and experienced art, music and physical education teachers. Fine and gross motor activities are integrated into indoor and outdoor learning activities and play.
Each classroom has a smart board and access to a wide range of technology tools including computers and iPads. Green screen recording and a Maker Space add extra dimensions to learning enhanced by technology integration.