Pre-Kindergarteners have an increasing need for abstract thinking, independence, and collaboration with peers. The Pre-K program provides four-year-olds and five-year-olds with a stimulating environment and variety of challenges to gain greater responsibility, increase communication skills, and extend their cognitive and creative abilities.
Children’s ideas and opinions are valued at Canterbury School. Throughout the year, Pre-Kindergarteners work on listening to others, contributing to discussions and projects, creating in their own unique ways, exerting self-control, cooperating with peers, and communicating effectively. These skills are vital to success in Kindergarten and beyond.
All elements of the curriculum are integrated throughout every aspect of each day. For example, during a cooking class, children follow a recipe, using picture cues and sight words, learn about fractions and measuring, learn about liquids and solids, and taste treats from another culture. While building with blocks, children build a town using symmetry and geometric shapes, make traffic signs using symbols and words, and expand their knowledge of the community. During music, children read along with the written lyrics, play with rhymes, follow patterns, and use instruments from around the world.
Language and mathematics are core elements of the Pre-K curriculum. Language is comprised of listening skills, speaking skills, pre-writing skills, and pre-reading skills. Pre-reading skills include print awareness, phonemic awareness (playing with words, sounds, and rhymes), phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Mathematics includes sorting, patterning, classifying, comparing, contrasting, measuring, adding, subtracting, grouping, ordering, sequencing, and an introduction to concepts of geometry, multiplication, division, fractions, time, and abstract representation.
Pre-Kindergarteners are beginning to conceptualize abstract ideas and are able to learn more about the outside world. Science, community, and multicultural topics are studied in-depth.
Additionally, pre-kindergarteners take several field trips each month to learn from real-world experiences outside of the school. Pre-kindergarteners also enjoy special visitors, such as librarians, storytellers, and artists. Enrichment classes are also included in the program.