Pre-kindergarten students interact with responsive adults and peers in language and print-rich environments with varied and frequent language experiences:
Students are able to make connections and interact with the world around them by developing listening and speaking skills, phonological awareness, letter knowledge and print awareness, comprehension, vocabulary, word knowledge and writing skills for ongoing academic success.
Children construct mathematical ideas based on experiences with their environment, interactions with adults and other children and daily observations. Children approach problem-solving tasks with curiosity and a sense of experimentation. Instruction encourages children's thinking and nurtures their explorations and ideas through concepts of number, pattern, measurement, shape, space and classification.
Natural curiosity provides the basis for understanding and using science processes and practices. Students study patterns of weather, changes when substances are combined and plant growth as they are introduced to the concept of change. The significance of natural resources and conservation is also introduced.
Pre-K students interact with their surroundings to help with understanding of history, geography, civics and economics.
Children learn about their environment through touch and manipulation. Gross and fine motor activities are an integral part of the curriculum and are provided through outdoor and indoor opportunities. Students take an active role in developing healthy habits by learning to follow basic safety rules, differentiating between safe and unsafe situations, identifying feelings, cooperating with others and taking care of personal hygiene tasks.
Children learn about themselves and others in a supportive environment that provides an important foundation for executive function skills and personal and social growth. Social experiences help personal and social development through mastery involving cognition, language, emotions and perception. Students learn how to interact with others in social situations both verbally and nonverbally.
Visual Arts enable students to use their knowledge and skills to synthesize information, thus allowing them to produce and respond to works of art. Emphasis is on communication of personal values and beliefs in art appreciation and production. Students gain fluency in using and understanding the elements of art (color, form, line, shape, space, texture, value) and the principles of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, proportion, rhythm, unity, variety) as they relate to artistic expression and communication.
Students develop proficiency in games, dances and educational gymnastics while demonstrating specialized skills alone, with a partner or in a small group. They access and use resources to improve personal fitness and continue to develop responsible personal and social behaviors as they work with others in safe and respectful ways.
During weekly library visits, students will experience lessons that focus on multiple literacies integrated into grade-level core content. Literacies such as reading, digital, information and multimodal are immersed with the National School Library Standards defined by the American Association of School Librarians. Students have the opportunity to check out books from the school library each week.
General music standards enable students to use music knowledge and skills to synthesize information and create music. Students continue to read, write and compose music, using increasingly complex rhythms and meters. They begin to develop choral skills, including singing in two-and three-part harmony. Students explore and perform a variety of music styles and develop personal criteria to describe and analyze musical performances.
Students master the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) content, practices and processes to investigate and solve real world problems while engaging in meaningful, purposeful and relevant hands-on inquiry-based, problem-based learning experiences.
Listening, speaking, reading and writing are practiced through various themes throughout the year. Students communicate in the target language (French, Spanish or Mandarin) at the “survival level” in basic language functions such as talking about self, family, school, holidays and leisure activities. The language proficiency level will vary depending on the grade level.
Students will acquire a World Language such as French, Spanish, Mandarin or American Sign Language, practicing all modes of communication in content courses such as math, science, social studies and literacy. Dual Immersion programs in Chesterfield follow the 50/50 program, meaning approximately half of the daily instructional time will be in the target language.