Preschool (Ages 3-5 Years) at Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy
Stepping Stones uses a combination of state of the art early childhood curriculum with developmentally appropriate and intentional learning in mind for kindergarten readiness.
Our Pre-K/Preschool curriculum helps us to create a successful classroom by using a monthly scope and sequence and daily lesson plan that helps us deliver effective instruction and premier, affordable child care. We use a combination of phonics and pre-writing that uses art to develop fine motor coordination and print awareness. Daily activities include math, science, social studies, oral language, written expression, literature, music, and poetry to enhance learning experiences.
We Can Early Learning Curriculum
We Can Early Learning Curriculum prepares all children, ages 3–5, for academic success in kindergarten and beyond. Key components include:
- A concentrated, multidisciplinary curriculum with a daily focus on literacy, numeracy, and oral language instruction
- Assessment with instruction to evaluate student growth and mastery of content
- A scope of innovative learning tools that enhances key learning domains in language and literacy, social studies, science, mathematics, physical development, health and safety, social and emotional learning, phonological awareness, oral language and vocabulary development, and the creative arts
Frog Street Threes provides instruction in key areas of development for children ages 36-48 months. Key components include:
- Easy-to-use activities developed around early brain development research
- Well-rounded scope of activities that address all developmental domains
- Intentional teaching that optimizes key windows of opportunity for growth and development
- Social and emotional focus featuring Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline®
“Meanings come not from events themselves, but from what we bring to them.”
– Lucy Calkins
Balanced Literacy Program
Our balanced literacy program allows our students to learn to love reading and writing through emergent storybooks, writing workshops and independent writing. Emergent storybooks include some of the classic stories, such as The Carrot Seed, Hats for Sale, and Corduroy.
Monthly PEP Talk Newsletters
Our monthly PEP (Parents and Educators Partner) Talk Newsletters allow our teachers and parents to partner together to build strong and trusting relationships. In addition, it links learning experiences at school and home and is a way that parents and educators talk about needs, expectations, and instruction.
Conscious Discipline is a research based comprehensive self-regulation program that combines social and emotional learning with discipline and guidance. Built on a foundation of current brain research, the school family is constructed from safety, connection, and problem solving. The tools in our classrooms help create a school family where children feel safe, loved, and begin to problem solve with the executive part of their brain on a regular basis. Conscious Discipline empowers adults to consciously respond to daily conflict, transforming it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills to children. The school family increases connections between adults and children at all levels, ensuring optimal development and learning for all. A school family culture is built through consistent modeling of routines, rituals, and structures.
The Brightwheel App
The Brightwheel app allows our teachers to communicate with parents throughout the day. Our parents are updated daily regarding diaper changes, meals, pictures, and the dispositions of our students.
Our preschool students enjoy our outdoor play area at least twice a day. Each classroom has their own playground to enjoy with a synthetic grass area, a trike path, a trike house, covered porch area, climbing equipment, sand box, and much more!
Stepping Stones Preparatory Academy understands that each student is a unique individual who possesses a different kind of mind. Therefore, each student understands, performs, and remembers in different ways.
Our students have the opportunity to not only learn in the normal classroom setting, but also rotate on a daily basis to other specialty rooms to enjoy learning through Spanish, physical education, music, and chapel.