Berwick Academy • 31 Academy Street • South Berwick, Maine 03908 • 207.384.2164
Your First Step in a Berwick Education
Berwick Academy’s Pre-Kindergarten program for
3 and 4 year olds focuses on the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth of each child. In a structured, yet creative program students take part in activities that expand their social and cognitive accomplishments. Our students grow socially and emotionally as they are asked to:
- Assume age-appropriate roles and responsibilities
- Connect with students and faculty
- Express their needs, desires, and knowledge
- Engage in phys ed, library, and music classes
- Enjoy the process of learning while playing
Exploring Pre-Kindergarten Video
Children’s interests, ideas, encounters, and discoveries propel the curriculum in our Reggio Emilia inspired Pre-Kindergarten classroom as they explore a particular area of inquiry. Each year, investigations and projects differ because each child and family brings new ideas and experiences to school. The interests of the children drive the curriculum in unique directions while classroom teachers interweave age-appropriate skills into daily learning encounters. Projects can be short or long-term, evolving as children generate new questions and new problems to solve. Learning is a “whole experience,” not separated by subject areas and time. In Pre-Kindergarten, the teachers work together to formulate hypotheses about the possible directions of a project and materials that might enhance it.
Ultimately, the goal is to challenge children by posing thought-provoking, open-ended questions and experiences, engaging in discussions through which children generate multiple perspectives, and helping children to make connections using problem solving and creative thinking skills. Besides a variety of in-class endeavors, the students also participate in four unified arts subjects across campus: library, music, art, and physical education. Our full-day program also includes additional time to engage in music and movement four days per week.
• Half-day and full-day options
• Two full-time teachers
• Classes in unified arts: science, music, library, art, and physical education
• A playground with many varied stations for skill development