Pre-kindergarten Curriculum

The pre-kindergarten program invites children to actively contribute, explore, and discover. As experts in child development, Belmont Day teachers integrate inquiry-based and experiential learning to nurture students’ curiosity and imagination. A central goal of the integrated curriculum is to create a sense of unity, belonging, and importance among our youngest students. The foundation is informed by core questions: Who am I? Who are you? Who are we?

Program Highlights

  • A new community
  • Eighth grade cross-graded partners
  • Active participation in school-wide sharing assemblies
  • Woods walks
  • School garden
  • Work stations
  • Sculpture unit in conjunction with the deCordova Museum
  • Book making
  • Big Blue, tricycles, and outdoor play
  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten field day run by eighth graders

Specialist Time

  • French once a week for 30 minutes
  • Music twice a week for 30 minutes
  • Physical education twice a week for 30 minutes
  • Library once a week for 30 minutes
Singing, chanting, reciting poems, and sharing news from home foster literacy and speaking skills. Exposure to fiction and nonfiction promotes familiarity with story forms and genres. Sign making, card creating, and other challenges abound as students combine letters or words with drawings to convey their ideas.

Language Arts

Singing, chanting, reciting poems, and sharing news from home foster literacy and speaking skills. Exposure to fiction and nonfiction promotes familiarity with story forms and genres. Sign making, card creating, and other challenges abound as students combine letters or words with drawings to convey their ideas.

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Pre-k teacher and students work on a math activity

Math

Small group instruction, centers, and play activities reinforce children’s natural curiosity about quantity, data, magnitude, capacity, shape, numbers, and measurement. Students build a foundation for mathematical thinking as they compare larger and smaller numbers, identify shapes, and recognize patterns.

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Fascinated by the world beyond their homes, students learn about their school and grow social skills to promote respect for self, others, and the environment. They develop cooperation, communication, responsibility, and view themselves as valued members of the community.

Social Studies

Fascinated by the world beyond their homes, students learn about their school and grow social skills to promote respect for self, others, and the environment. They develop cooperation, communication, responsibility, and view themselves as valued members of the community.

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A girl uses a magnifying glass during science

Science

Pre-kindergarten students enjoy a wealth of opportunities to experiment, note the results, and develop theories about how things works. Frequent interactions with the nature, including our woodland setting and campus garden, foster a sense of mission and discovery.

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Exposure to world languages begins in pre-kindergarten. Once a week, students are introduced to French through puppets, songs, poems, and games; the emphasis is on developing listening and oral skills. Students interact as a group, then in pairs, practicing their social and linguistic skills in French.

WORLD LANGUAGE

Exposure to world languages begins in pre-kindergarten. Once a week, students are introduced to French through puppets, songs, poems, and games; the emphasis is on developing listening and oral skills. Students interact as a group, then in pairs, practicing their social and linguistic skills in French.

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Pre-k students are proud to perform in their first winter concert.

Music

Music

Pre-k students are proud to perform in their first winter concert.

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Fun games emphasize fundamental moving skills.

Physical Education

Physical Education

Fun games emphasize fundamental moving skills.

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Students build healthy habits, personal and community awareness, and positive social skills.

Social Competency & Health/Wellness

Social Competency & Health/Wellness

Students build healthy habits, personal and community awareness, and positive social skills.

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Pre-K students visit our library’s cozy story room weekly and check out books to take home.

Information Literacy & Technology

Information Literacy & Technology

Pre-K students visit our library’s cozy story room weekly and check out books to take home.

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Our Pre-kindergarten Teachers