The Hanna Perkins Kindergarten provides a structured setting in which children are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and are helped to acquire the academic skills necessary for first grade. Children are introduced to reading, math, and science concepts in learning groups and are then allowed to progress at their own pace as they complete daily “assignments” at the different learning centers. They also engage in a variety of art and construction activities during the independent work time.
The curriculum is tailored to the interests of the group, allowing the children to explore their interests through a variety of modalities. Through the close work between teachers, parents and child development specialists, children are helped to recognize and use their developing conscience to make appropriate choices and to be considerate of others’ feelings. Preparation for first grade includes an increasing separation between home and school as the school year proceeds.
- Small classes with a 6:1 student-teacher ratio, providing ample time for teachers to work with and understand children individually
- Teachers with extensive training based on emergent practices, ongoing research and a 60-year record of success
- Use of childhood development specialists as part of the educational team – providing more resources dedicated to each child
- Respect for each child as an individual with unique strengths and weaknesses, and a curriculum tailored to his or her specific needs
- Language and writing skills are built into all aspects of the curriculum, frequently using teacher- and children-made books
- Numbers and math are taught using concrete materials, allowing the children to discover math concepts as they explore the wide variety of manipulatives provided
- Social studies, science and art are taught using an emergent-curriculum approach
- Focus on helping children identify their feelings and put them into words
- Emphasis on teacher and peer relationships as a foundation to learning
- Encouragement for each child to explore and master a variety of skill sets, while making limits and boundaries explicit so children develop their own inner controls
- Practices that empower children to resolve differences with others in cooperative and constructive ways
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