At AISN, Pre-Kindergarten is play-based learning program. Play-based learning helps students organize and make sense of their world as they explore and experience new things. In PreK, students get to be scientists, explorers, builders, readers, writers, artists, athletes, musicians and math-a-magicians.
Our curriculum is project-based. The teacher plans units of study designed to tap into the natural interests of PreK students. The projects are long-term and open-ended to give students time to fully explore the topic and integrate new knowledge. Students are motivated by their interests to learn and understand more. Children learn to explore cooperatively and discover the world around them. Each child’s thoughts, observations and questions are valued. The teacher is there to facilitate exploration and discovery, encouraging students to investigate, generate and test hypotheses and then depict their understanding. Through drawing, sculpture, dramatic play and writing students experience the world around them. Revision and repetition are encouraged to help students fine tune and master new concepts and skills. At the core are the principles of respect, responsibility and community. We strive to nurture the whole child.
AISN PreK also uses a phonics system to help students learn letter sounds. Students develop prewriting and pre-reading skills as they express their ideas. Our math is integrated into our science and social studies explorations, but follow the AERO/Common Core preschool standards.
Our science explorations are in line with the AERO science standards. Art, drama, music, and PE are integrated heavily into the learning process. Students also have the opportunity to participate in physical activities, which includes swimming units. They attend music class where they learn about rhymes and singing. Because outdoor play is critical for gross motor development in young children, we give them a large block of outdoor recess each day.