Norwood's pre-kindergarten curriculum emphasizes creative expression, character and values education, social and emotional learning, hands-on experiences, and communication skills in a joyful, nurturing, supportive, and loving community – all while developing the foundational skills needed for success in kindergarten and beyond. Play-based learning, both free and guided, is a critical component of the program. The pre-kindergarten day is filled with opportunities for students to apply and extend developing skills. They explore numbers and letters through pictures, stories, and hands-on projects. In science, they begin to question, observe, and explore the world around them through the study of dinosaurs, physical science, and the environment. In Spanish, they explore the world they know through the lens of a new language, learning vocabulary words and incorporating them into classroom routines. Art, music, and library classes inspire pre-kindergartners to express themselves in creative ways. Indoor and outdoor explorations engage all the senses; they involve water and dirt and paint and clay and plants. The child-centered program encourages curiosity, imagination, inquisitiveness, and new ways of looking at things – and what it means to be a responsible and contributing member of a community. They learn to respect others because others respect them.
Please note: Pre-K students must be fully potty-trained by the start of school.