PRE-K/PRESCHOOL (3-5 YEARS)
Our Pre-Kindergarten program uses the distinguished We Can Curriculum, which prepares children ages 3-5 for academic success in kindergarten and beyond. Core learning areas taught each day of the week coupled with the weekly themes include:
Language/ Literacy Activities
Social Skills Including Respect and Responsibility
Music, Movement & Rhythm
In addition to We Can, we also provide a rigorous literacy program based on
Lucy Calkins and Colleagues, utilizing the balanced literacy approach:
Interactive Read Aloud
Math concepts include number sense, patterns, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, sorting and classifying and problem solving. Science, health and safety lessons provides opportunities for free exploration of science materials, develops skills for inquiry, and offers discussion and problem solving through hands-on experimentation.
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 phonics program called Letters, Sounds, and Strokes in addition to an I Can Draw pre-writing program 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.
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!
"Meanings come not from events themselves, but from what we bring to them."
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.