It is normal for Pre-k and kindergarten students to arrive at Barnard Academy feeling uncertain and intimidated by the new classroom environment. Within days, children adjust to the energetic and stimulating environment, where they can enjoy multiple opportunities to explore in a safe way. Students explore earth biomes, people, plants, and animals at these ages, learning through song, dance, story-creation, play-acting, and literature.
Pre-k and kindergarten students begin learning about themselves first. As they become comfortable with themselves, they begin to learn about their families and the classroom they are a part of, soon stretching their awareness to the Barnard community and finally to the larger world and its biomes. By the time they are ready to move onto first grade, students have discovered their unique qualities and feel comfortable sharing their personal skills and abilities with the community.
We are in the second half of the year, friendships and working partnerships are growing stronger day by day. In the morning, we meet as a group to sing songs and move to the beat of music or nursery rhymes. This is an opportunity to re-connect and launch our day together. We often use literature to study a theme or curriculum concept. This is also a shared time for math activities. The children are enjoying playing Investigation math games.
Students study many cultures in K and PreK. Below are photos of our students’ re-creation of the Taj Mahal – in blocks! They are wearing costumes from the culture.
Below are Kindergarten literacy/technology projects. Students used the iPad app, BookCreator to make these stories.