The famous psychologist, Piaget, suggested that play is the means by which anything new is created. Play is not a luxury but rather an essential component of our lives. Students must be able to do so much more than recite facts. In order to be prepared for the future, they need to be able to think critically, solve problems creatively, communicate effectively and be able to collaborate. These are the tools that are necessary for success in the 21st Century and they all are developed organically during play. In the Kindergarten classroom at Presbyterian School, our teachers guide student learning via an active play-based approach that taps into imagination to promote learning. We take play seriously at Presbyterian School.
The Kindergarten Social Studies curriculum is designed to help students become informed, responsible and service-minded citizens of the world. We appeal to students’ natural curiosity to introduce them to a more global perspective and the role they play in making the world a better place.
Students learn foundational mathematical skills through experimentation, investigation, discovery, construction and discussion. The active hands-on approach utilizes a variety of materials and manipulatives which supports the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The Kindergarten Language Arts curriculum immerses students in a multi-dimensional approach integrating listening, speaking, reading and writing. Young learners work to master the foundational skills of literacy focusing on phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.
Young children are natural scientists and science is happening all around them. Students use their 5 senses for exploration, investigation, observation and experimentation. Children are encouraged to question, discuss and test their hypothesis in an active, hands-on process of scientific discovery.