Kent Place second-graders have been studying the people, animals, and geographies of our world’s continents — as they are today and from many years ago — as part of their science and social studies curricula, and this week they went on an exciting field trip that would bring their lessons to life. Equipped with their backpacks, notebooks, and adventurous spirits, the girls visited the Museum of Natural History, in New York City.
Our primary goal at the Preschool at Kent Place School is to instill in every child a deep and enduring love for learning.
Using a "Learning through Play" approach, our Junior Pre-Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten teachers tackle developmentally appropriate concepts in all areas — literacy, science, math, music, creative movement, art, world language, physical education — encouraging our students to explore, solve problems, interact with their environment, and find their voice in the classroom.
Learn more about the Preschool curriculum below, or read the full course of study here.
The hallmark of the Junior Pre-Kindergarten program is social development and exploration within a hands-on, developmentally-appropriate learning environment.
In the Junior Pre-Kindergarten classroom, PLAY is regarded as children’s WORK. Through play, in carefully designed centers, children develop their thinking, reasoning, and social skills.
Children form relationships in their play, learn how to resolve conflicts and share classroom materials. Centers also provide opportunities to practice fine- and gross-motor skills in engaging ways.
In Pre-Kindergarten, children come together as a community of learners, further developing their social skills and increasing their sense of responsibility.
Students deepen their understanding of how to form friendships and work cooperatively. Children carry out specific classroom duties and develop life skills, which creates a sense of accomplishment and fosters independence. An essential aspect of the Pre-Kindergarten program is learning through play. Play, as children’s work, enhances the development of the whole child — cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally.
The curriculum integrates literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies, through a variety of experiences both in and out of the classroom. Hands-on activities, such as cooking, block building, drawing, painting, and writing promote deeper discovery, fine- and gross-motor skills and nurtures children’s natural curiosity.