Pre-K 3

Pre-K 3 Curriculum

Pre-K 3 students learn in a nurturing, Reggio Emilia-inspired environment. Developmentally appropriate lessons take place both in the classroom and outdoors to encourage multi-sensory exploration and experimentation. Social-emotional learning is an emphasis in Pre-K 3 as students gain independence, learn self-regulation strategies, and develop empathy and confidence. Creativity, collaboration, effective communication, problem-solving, and a love for learning are the hallmarks of a JCDS Pre-K 3 education. Highlights include guided exploration, thematic learning centers, a spring “informance”, daily P.E. lessons as well as specialist instruction in Spanish, art, music, and library.

List of 11 items.

  • Art

    Creativity and self-expression is encouraged through the tactile and kinesthetic exploration of color, shape, line, pattern and design. Art mediums include drawing, painting, stamping, clay, dough, collage, and 3D materials.
  • Character Education

    Social and emotional skills are taught through the Loving Guidance - Conscious Discipline approach. During daily morning meetings and activities, students practice school routines and rituals as well as sharing, collaborating, listening, and interpersonal problem solving skills. Kind manners, virtues, and the 7 Mindsets are developed through literature, songs, poems, buddy activities, service learning, character education assemblies, cooperative learning, activities, and “teachable moments.”
  • Global Studies

    Topics covered include self-discovery, friendships, service, family customs and traditions, holidays, community helpers, transportation, and American heritage.
  • Language Arts

    Language arts activities for Pre-K students foster a love for reading and writing and promote growth in receptive and expressive language. Through read alouds, puppets, finger plays, flannel boards, and open-ended questioning techniques, students develop reading and writing readiness skills. As students are introduced to a variety of genres, they practice recalling information and responding to age appropriate literature. Letter exploration, letter-sound recognition, oral modeling, dictated story telling, and labeling are incorporated into pre-writing, hands-on literacy activities.
  • Library

    Early Learning students visit the library once per cycle with a teacher from their classroom for a story where they move their bodies and get excited about books. At this age, we instill a love of reading into our Sharks and expose them to basic literacy skills. Pre-K students are able to check books out for classroom use.
  • Math

    Students learn to recognize and apply math concepts in their daily lives through math investigations in group activities and routines such as in calendar, weather, and attendance activities. Emphasis is placed on number recognition: 0-5, counting 0-10, 1:1 correspondence, sorting, patterning, ordering, sequencing, matching numbers to quantities, and geometric shapes. Students also measure at the sand and water tables and while cooking, and are introduced to money through coins and dollars.
  • Music

    Students are guided through a multi-sensory music appreciation program as they explore:
    • Fast-slow and high-low beats
    • Play rhythm instruments
    • Hop, skip, march, gallop, slide, and jump to music
    • Interpret music through dramatic play
    • Sing songs including lyrics about friends, holidays, self, and family
  • Physical Education

    Pre-K 3 students participate in water acclimation activities and baseline swimming instruction as they learn pool safety skills. Throughout the year, they develop personal space understanding, hand-eye coordination, foundational sport-specific movements, flexibility and balance. Fitness and large group aerobic games introduce students to beginning striking, catching, and throwing techniques.
  • Science

    A multi-sensory, hands-on approach develops students' scientific inquiry skills as they delve into exciting units on animal habitats, gardening, seasons, weather, the solar system, the human body and senses, magnets, and states of matter through liquids and solids.
  • Spanish

    Aural and verbal Spanish skills are developed as students learn terms for greetings, numbers, colors, shapes, weather, parts of the body, days of the week, farm animals, and members in a family through songs, movement, acting, and games. In addition, understanding of Spanish cultures is enhanced through the exploration of international holidays.
  • Technology

    Foundational coding skills are introduced through kinesthetic activities and games. Students practice key curriculum concepts through developmentally appropriate slideshows and educational video clips.

Pre-K 3 Highlights

  • Nurturing learning environment that fosters academic, social-emotional, and physical growth
  • Interdisciplinary, project-based learning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Daily physical education classes and recess
  • Access to a healthy lunch program
  • Opportunities for family involvement in school and classroom activities
  • Pre-K 3 "Spring Informance"