What does a typical Pre-Kindergarten day at Legacy School look like?
In Pre-k, weekly themes serve as a framework for organizing content area learning. Students get to spend their time at school learning and playing in each of the seven bright, inviting subject-based classrooms (Library, Discovery, Drama, Music, Art, Gym, Nature). Students then have the option to stay for afternoon enrichment, incorporating Spanish and STEM into their learning. Not everyday looks the same. Here’s a glimpse into a day in the life of a pre-kindergarten student.
A Day in the Life of a Pre-Kindergarten Student
Students arrive and choose one morning center to work at. Morning centers allow students to work together or independently while making the necessary strides in their cognitive, emotional, physical and social development.
As a class, students talk with the teacher about the calendar, weather, teacher helpers, and the schedule for the day. Each teacher is able to tailor their opening to their interests and the interests of their students. For example, Mrs. Weber includes learning about the United States during her opening time!
Students transition to one of the bright subject based classrooms, drama. Here, students use their imagination while in the various centers: house play, bakery, post office, theater, and transportation center. Every quarter these centers change, giving children a chance to experience vast opportunities through play.
Students transition to another bright subject based classroom, library. Here, teachers differentiate student’s learning by grouping children into groups based on their individuals strengths and weaknesses. This helps students reach their fullest potential.
Students bring their own lunch or get to indulge in a delicious home-cooked meal from our amazing in-house cook!
Time to run off some energy on Legacy’s 11 acres of land.
Many Pre-K students stay for the afternoon enrichment program. The enrichment program introduces students to the Spanish language and the cultures that speak Spanish. Students learn the language, experience authentic music, create crafts in relation to the heritage, make and taste foods, learn about climate and geography, touch artifacts and celebrate traditions.
1:30 Project Based Learning
An additional part of the afternoon enrichment program is Project Based Learning. With a teacher, students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project.
Students finish up their day by working together in STEM centers. Through the use of multiple age-appropriate centers, students build and construct while using their creativity and imaginations.