PK believes that each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, expressive and physical development should be enhanced and fostered each day.
Our program is play- and project-based and child-centered. Our curriculum emerges from the interests and natural curiosity of our children. Research shows that children learn best through play and access to a dynamic, enriching environment. Our goal at PK is to provide children with materials, activities and an inviting environment that will foster their growth in all areas of development and ensure their readiness for the next stage of life.
Spanish Language Component
PK is a Spanish bilingual school, meaning children are exposed to predominately Spanish throughout the day. Children are grouped based on their language acquisition and have circle time in Spanish on some days and English on other days. Some teachers speak exclusively Spanish to the children while others speak exclusively English. Phrases, instructions, songs, stories, etc. are conducted in both English and Spanish so that children are exposed to both languages.
Children enter our program at various developmental stages. Some children have had previous exposure to a school environment while others are beginning to learn how to be in a setting with other students. Our teachers guide and model appropriate behavior to promote harmonious interactions. For example, when two students have a conflict, the teachers make sure to bend down to the children's level and involve each student in agreeing upon a solution. Necessary vocabulary and follow-up is provided by the teachers. Our staff work closely together to create a solid social/emotional base for each child.
Emotions are complicated. Our goals are to listen closely to children and to respond to and understand the emotions they are expressing so we can provide them with the words and tools to process these emotions. Supporting each child’s emotional development and enhancing his or her ability to productively address emotions is one of PK’s primary goals.
Expressive development occurs when children are provided ample opportunities to use language and other forms of expression like dance, dramatic play, music and art to share their thoughts and feelings. We encourage children to use language and all forms of expression in a variety of individual and group activities throughout the day. For Example, on children's artwork the teachers help document their words to encourage verbal expression and early literacy exposure. We foster expression in every interaction by using and encouraging careful word choice and reflective listening skills.
Children are natural learners who access whatever resources they are given to help them understand the world that surrounds them. Allowing children to learn through play, exploration, and problem solving harnesses their natural instincts and captures the power of their innate curiosity. By carefully constructing a rich, dynamic environment with ample opportunities for discovery and exploration we are providing children with the building blocks to construct their own knowledge. The role of our teachers is to enhance these experiences by providing thoughtful guidance and support.
Children need many opportunities each day to develop both fine and gross motor skills. Our program provides these opportunities through a balance of indoor and outdoor play, self-directed play, teacher-directed activities and ample physical experiences.