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Pre-Kindergarten at The Country School

Pre-K Curriculum

The Country School team is thrilled to go small! We can't wait to welcome our inaugural Pre-K class in 2019.

Our youngest students joining the TCS family will experience the same nurturing, engaging, joyful environment that our Kindergarten through 8th grade students have enjoyed since 1934. The 4-year-olds in our very first Pre-Kindergarten class will learn, grow, and thrive under the care of our expert teachers, with plenty of outdoor exploration, hands-on play, and socialization.
 
Our child-friendly classroom will be structured to promote inquiry, discovery, literacy, and numeracy. Use the list below to read more about each discipline.
 

List of 10 items.

  • Literacy

    Language and literacy development in our Pre-K program will focus on each student’s growing ability to use oral and written language to convey feelings and desires, interact with others, ask questions, think critically, represent what he or she knows, and talk about imaginary situations. Through visual art forms (painting and drawing), conventional signs and symbols (scribbles, mock letters, letters), and other materials (blocks, clay, collage), early and emergent writers and readers are born. Our Pre-K students will further develop their skills in oral language, listening, vocabulary, letter recognition, rhyming, phonics, reading readiness, writing, and cultivate a positive attitude about reading.
  • Mathematical Literacy

    The math component of our curriculum focuses on the child’s increasing ability to coordinate thinking processes and mental frameworks around mathematical concepts and problem solving. Through active participation in a variety of experiences, students develop an awareness of numbers and operations, geometry and spatial sense, patterns and relationships, and measurement. These experiences enable children to make connections between mathematics and real life, and allow for oral expression of mathematical ideas in group discussions.
  • Science

    Science and nature education provide open-ended experiences that expose children to the possibilities that exist within the physical and natural world. Students will practice observing, investigating, predicting, questioning, hypothesizing, and solving problems. As they explore, they begin to deepen their understanding of the characteristics of living things, the physical properties of objects and materials, and properties of our planet. Nature education provides children with a foundation for a life-long relationship between themselves, the Earth, and its natural resources.
  • Art

    Our Pre-K students will be exposed to a broad variety of media: painting, cutting, stamping, clay-building, stitching, beading, weaving, collage, and many more. These activities build fine motor control, cognitive skills, and creativity.
  • Music

    Music offers children the opportunity to express themselves melodically and rhythmically. Children respond to a variety of songs, fingerplays, and instruments as they discover different ways to use their voices and bodies. Students improve auditory discrimination and memory, verbal expression, and motor skills while learning about beat, rhythm, tempo, and melody.
  • Social Studies

    In Pre-K, children begin to learn about themselves and others in relation to the world around them. They learn about different family structures, cultures, their immediate school community, and the community at large. By doing this, they develop a sense of place and are able to question and explore how they contribute to the life of the world around them.
  • Spanish

    Students learn the basics of how to speak and understand the oral Spanish language. Using puppets, songs, and rhymes, the children get comfortable with identifying and making new sounds. They are exposed to the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries through celebrations, music, and observances of Hispanic traditions.
  • Physical Education

    Children use their bodies to move expressively as they develop a sense for where their body is in space as well as in relation to others. They develop small and large muscle control, eye-hand coordination, and improve collaboration/teamwork skills through a multitude of activities and games. 
  • Social-Emotional Skills

    Based upon our 9 core values, social-emotional development in Pre-K focuses on the child’s increasing capacity to understand and regulate emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships with peers and adults, and make responsible decisions. By playing and working with each other, children practice their social skills with guidance and support from adults and peers.
  • Technology & Innovation

    Experiences in technology and innovation are intentionally integrated throughout our program. These interactions provide effective, engaging, and age-appropriate ways for our youngest minds to be their most creative. We encourage this through collaborative problem solving, early engineering and programming concepts, robotics, and digital art.

Pre-K Schedule

 * Art, music, library, P.E., or - for full-day students - Spanish
** Outdoor time, reading time, oral Storytelling project, acting, arts and crafts
*** Children in Aftercare may be picked up any time up until 5:30pm.

This schedule is subject to change as our program continues to evolve and is molded to work within the scheduling constraints of a PK-8 school. It is provided to offer a glimpse into what a general day of Pre-K will look like.
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