Setting the Stage for Kindergarten
The Pre-Kindergarten program at SMSA is for four- and five-year-old children preparing for the academic setting of Kindergarten. In Pre-K, they begin to develop the social, academic, and emotional skills they need to enjoy a lifetime of learning. In a warm, nurturing environment, they experience the delight of self-reliance, the joy of being part of a group, and the thrill of learning.
The Pre-K program helps children explore the world through a series of weekly themes such as Friendship, Hibernation, or Penguins. The themes inspire the week’s learning centers at which children become actively engaged in lessons in a variety of areas, including: math, early literacy, technology, science, and religion. Our pre-K students also have the unique opportunity to meet with our fifth-grade Language Ambassadors, who visit the class bi-weekly to introduce the students to Spanish.
The Pre-K program consists of five half-days a week (8:30 – 11:30 am) with the option in mid-winter of adding one full day. Pre-K students enjoy a wide variety of learning opportunities afforded by our beautiful building, including physical education in the Robert J. Nolan Gymnasium and computer training in our new technology lab. In addition, children are introduced playfully and naturally to a new letter of the alphabet each week, learning its shape and sound. The curriculum also includes projects that help develop fine motor, visual and handwriting skills.