Early Prep

Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 are Prelude Early Prep Students. Early Prep students develop a strong personal and academic foundation, preparing them for a future of possibilities. Our focus is a rigorous curriculum that builds knowledge across all subject areas combined with play and an emphasis on civic education. Students participate in hands-on, engaging assignments where they are challenged and supported to meet high levels of excellence. Students build strong social and emotional learning skills through daily indoor and outdoor play.

 

Students Learning  

HIGH- POWERED ACADEMICS

Early Prep students focus on the following academic areas:

  • English Language Arts, Reading, and Writing presented through a themed curriculum.  
    • Students receive systematic phonics instruction, grammar instruction, and build reading and writing skills through a knowledge-based approach, including studying such topics as zoology, family stories, wild and endangered animals, ecology, plants, animal stories, communities, and entomology.
    • Students work in whole group, small groups, and individually with teachers to ensure they mastering foundational skills.
  • Mathematics
    • Students develop conceptual knowledge and build number fluency.
  • Science
    • Students attend class in the Science Lab, receiving specialized science instruction from a content expert. Students investigate using the scientific method, participate in garden-based learning, and program KIBO robots.
  • Social Studies
    • Students study History and Geography and build knowledge of diverse civilizations and cultures. Early Prep students explore our world, learning about Continents, Countries & Maps, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt,  the Culture of Mexico, and other topics that build their knowledge of the world.
  • Social and Emotional Learning
    • Prelude Prep uses the Caring School Community to help students with responsibility, empathy, and cooperation, creating a school where students feel heard, known and cared for.

Students Learning

 

PLAY

We believe play is a vehicle for student learning, allowing meaningful interactions and conversation. Through play, Early Prep students learn to solve problems, persist through challenges, self-regulate, build vocabulary skills, and enhance their ability to learn. What to expect for your Early Prep Child:

  • Daily Indoor Center Play including centers such as:
    • Blocks & Building 
    • Art
    • Toys and Games
    • Sand and Water Activities
    • Dramatic Play
  • Daily Outdoor Recess Time

 Students Learning

CIVIC EDUCATION

Prelude Prep has a robust civic education program that allows our students to engage with the school and the local community in meaningful ways. Our three-pillar approach includes:

  • Growing for Giving
    • All Prelude Prep students cultivate our school garden. Students grow food in our gardens, distributing it to our school and the local community.
  • Community Service
    • Prelude Prep students participate in quarterly service projects. Students study our greater community's needs and enact solutions to address the need.
  • Student Government
    • Our school-wide student government encourages students to share ideas and interests with school faculty and leadership. Students attend monthly town hall meetings where they vote on service projects, receive recognition for goals and achievements, participate in activities that build a strong school community, and learn from community leaders.

 

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