Pre-K & Kindergarten
A three-year path that includes Pre-K I, Pre-K II, and Kindergarten.
Fine Arts – Children are introduced to many different art experiences throughout the year. They explore different types of music, imaginative play opportunities and a wide variety of art materials. Children are also exposed to different tactile and sensorial experiences. During these experiences, they learn about the feelings art inspires.
Language Arts – Communication is the primary focus in PKI. Students work on following simple directions, listening to others, turn-taking, and using their words to express ideas and observations. Conversing with peers, teachers and community members during project work is an important way to develop and build upon these skills. A variety of activities including books, the writing center, the listening center, dramatic play, and art activities, are available daily for children to explore and practice language.
Math – Math is explored daily through natural opportunities and hands-on experiences. Numbers are viewed and counted daily during calendar activities, number signs in the classroom, counting friends and other daily occurrences. Math concepts are explored through hands-on materials, such as puzzles, counting objects, sorting objects, fun manipulatives, art, and cooking activities. There is a focus on problem-solving skills, number recognition to 10, shape recognition, size comparison, patterning, group graphing, and measurement.
Physical Education – Movement and Swimming – Students are introduced to and develop skills in the following areas: rhythmic fundamentals, creativity and self-exploration, locomotor skills, spatial awareness, pathways and directions, balance activities, ball skills (throwing and kicking) and cooperative games. In swimming, students work on development of the crawl stroke, breaststroke and backstroke. They experience water exploration and learn about water safety.
Science – Students ask questions, use their senses to collect information, and make observations to help find answers to their curiosities. Sharing their findings with peers help them develop a deeper understanding. Students explore the mixing of colors to expand their knowledge of primary and secondary colors. Walks outside enable the children to observe and identify changes in the environment as the seasons change. They focus on learning about scientific concepts of sink and float, magnets, the five senses, and what people and animals need to grow and be healthy.
Social Studies – Students work to build a classroom community and understand the importance of sharing, manners, and respecting rules. Children learn about the entire CCDS community and campus with walks outside, from the playing fields to the horse trails. Through cross-divisional events, the children learn confidence, whether meeting administrators, staff, or Upper School students. They have a strong sense of ownership and understanding of the CCDS culture.