Pre-K

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

Fred Rogers

Young children learn through play, experiences, and positive relationships. Our Pre-K programs help children develop language, skills, and knowledge of the world.

In our early childhood classrooms, you can expect your child to:

  • Begin to discover what makes them unique and learn to play with others
  • Show curiosity, ask questions, and share creative ideas
  • Learn and practice new concepts
  • Grow and become a member of the classroom community
  • Safely explore new ideas and materials, which will better prepare them for language, math and scientific thinking

In a typical classroom day, your preschooler will learn in many different ways, including but not limited to:

  • Short whole group and small group activities
  • Choice time where they are able to work with a variety of materials
  • Outdoor playtime
  • Rest/naptime
  • Meal and snack time

These experiences lay the foundation for your child’s future successes in school and life by building on the five key parts of a child’s development:

  1. Early social and emotional skills, such as sharing, solving social problems, and expressing and managing their feelings
  2. Learning skills such as problem solving, imaginative thinking, and persistence
  3. Pre-reading and writing skills, such as understanding that letters have meaning and can be combined to form words, and that reading and writing can be used to share information and ideas
  4. Early math skills, such as learning about numbers, shapes, sorting and patterns
  5. Physical strength and coordination skills, such as running and being able to use paint brushes and crayons

Helpful Links

https://tools.nycenet.edu/snapshot/2018/24Q088/PK/?utm_source=maps.nyc.gov&utm_medium=DOE_App_referral&utm_campaign=PK_Finder

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/family.html