Allen Academy’s preschool program nurtures a love of learning by inviting students to participate and grow through interactive lessons, games, and activities that are appropriate for each child in both age and maturity. Our program provides a well-rounded and challenging academic experience for children in Pre-K I (3-year-olds) and Pre-K II (4-year-olds). We place a strong emphasis upon the uniqueness of each child so that they may learn to value others in the same way.
At Allen Academy, we believe it is important to nurture every child’s cognitive and physical growth, as well as their social and emotional development, helping them learn the basics of cooperating, sharing, following directions, and self-acceptance. Using a theme-based curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and student-centered, we provide an environment where children are encouraged to be children. Play becomes the tool for learning in a warm and loving atmosphere that nurtures the child’s total growth and development. School days are structured to provide a balance of inquiry, exploration and play-based learning.
What does this look like when you walk into our preschool?
Language and Literacy Development
- Bi-weekly thematic units incorporate literature, songs, finger plays, and rhymes, helping children develop their listening and speaking skills in a fun, engaging manner.
- Children are exposed to a variety of sensory writing experiences that encourage fine motor control, left-to-right sequencing, and visual discrimination.
- When they are ready, journaling is introduced, allowing the children to use their early writing skills to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and observations.
- Pre-reading skills are nurtured through extensive vocabulary development, and a phonics-based approach to early literacy.
- Early readers are offered opportunities that enhance their abilities and encourage the development of a love of reading.
- Children develop early math skills through shape recognition, sorting, graphing, identifying patterns, and more.
- Counting and early addition/subtraction concepts are introduced through math stories and real-life problem solving situations.
- An inquiry-based approach to science means that through the use of natural and man-made materials, children are encouraged to explore, play, and learn. Teachers guide students through hands-on experiments and activities, helping them discover and make sense of the world around them.
Social and Emotional Development
- Using empathy and positive language, our teachers help students develop emotional literacy, nurturing their ability to identify their feelings and how those feelings affects others. By increasing their emotional vocabulary, students learn to “use their words” to solve problems.
- Through pretend play, children are encouraged to engage their imaginations, explore their emotions, role play positive relationships, social interactions, and problem-solving skills.
- Our outdoor play area allows for gross motor coordination activities, including running, climbing, and cycling on our Pre-K Trike Track.
- Indoor and outdoor activities encourage hand-eye coordination, including building with blocks, assembling puzzles, and ball play.
- Children have the opportunity to hone their fine motor skills using a variety of art mediums, including paint, clay, coloring, cutting, and more.
In addition, our preschool students receive regular Music and PE instruction from Allen’s Music and PE co-curricular teachers. Receiving instruction from the same co-curricular teachers as the Lower School students allows for a more streamlined experience as students transition from Preschool to Kindergarten, in regards to both curriculum and instruction.