How does an early education environment foster growth, independence and a love of learning?
What foundational skills (social/emotional/physical and cognitive) do we need to become productive learners in pre-kindergarten, during the Lower School years, throughout Berwick Academy and beyond?
Skills and Enduring Understandings:
The Pre-Kindergarten students are Berwick’s youngest learners. Throughout the school year, teachers and students work collaboratively to expand upon and refine self-care, communication and problem-solving skills, social/emotional/physical interactions and cognitive development within a supportive and creative environment.
Children’s interests, ideas, encounters, and discoveries propel the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum 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 the classroom community. The interests of the children drive the curriculum in unique directions, while classroom teachers interweave age-appropriate lessons into daily learning encounters.
Pre-Kindergarten students are exposed to the rich and dynamic elements of the Exploration classes for approximately thirty minutes each day of the school week. Music, Art, Library, Science and World Language teachers develop meaningful and appropriate lessons to bring to the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Twice weekly, the children venture to the athletic center where they have a Physical Education/Movement class to allow for fine-motor, gross-motor and spatial awareness development.