Pre-K and Kinder
In Pre-Kindergarten, we build a foundation for speaking and listening, developing the ability to do focused independent work, and learning practical life skills. We also emphasize creative play and art, fostering social and emotional learning (SEL).
By Kindergarten, most students possess very strong language foundations and developmental readiness, so focus shifts to more academic work, particularly in math (Singapore Math), language arts (Chinese reading) and English literacy. While classrooms are of mixed ages, individual work is differentiated to ensure that students are appropriately challenged.
Mixed Age Classrooms
The curriculum is differentiated by age, meaning that each student receives lessons that match their pace and maturity. Experience has taught us that mixed-age classrooms at Pre-K and Kindergarten levels foster cooperation and allows children to help each other. Older children develop leadership skills, responsibility for others, and pride in themselves by assisting their younger classmates. Younger children learn from their older peer models. By following the older children’s example, the younger children are able to challenge themselves and take on increasingly complex tasks.
Sample Pre-K and Kinder Schedule
|7:45 – 8:00||Drop Off|
|8:00 – 8:30||Stations / Morning Circle|
|8:30 – 9:00||Special Topics: Art, Music & Movement, Physical Education, Library, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)|
|9:00 – 9:20||Snack|
|9:20 – 10:20||Learning Center: Thematic / Play-Based Language Arts (LA), Math, Science|
|10:20 – 11:00||Playground|
|11:00 – 1:20||Lunch, Nap, Snack|
|1:20 – 1:50||Playground|
|1:50 – 2:50||Montessori Practice: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math|
|2:50 – 3:00||Wrap Up|
|3:00 – 5:30||After School Program|