Our  Academics

Our goal is to ensure our scholars are socially, emotionally, physically and academically prepared for school, beginning with the very first day of kindergarten.

Our chosen curriculum for Pre-K U Academy is The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, a comprehensive collection of research-based resources that encourages exploration and discovery as a way of learning, helping children develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.  

The Creative Curriculum® supports children’s development and learning in relation to set objectives that include predictors of school success and that are aligned to state early learning standards and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Several Curriculum resources are devoted to early language and literacy development, mathematics, science, technology, social studies, social-emotional development, physical development, creativity, the Arts, and the development of critical thinking skills. The Creative Curriculum® offers support for working with English and dual-language learners, as well as, advanced learners and children with disabilities.

The Creative Curriculum

Teach

Our teachers have access to digital curricular experiences from The Creative Curriculum® that can be automatically linked with assessment data to support individualized instruction, and will also have robust support for planning, including customizable weekly and monthly calendars.

Report

Our teachers have access interactive reports that help to bring data to life, telling a story about each child’s progress and providing actionable information that helps teachers understand and report out on what the children in their program are likely to do next.

Assess

Our Teachers and administrators have access to GOLD® our solution for authentic, ongoing assessment, with tools and resources that allow them to view and add documentation, complete checkpoints, and more

Family

Our teachers access support that is designed to engage and include families in meaningful ways, including family communication tools to help share information about children’s learning and development and ongoing support for promoting regular dialogues between school and home.

Develop

Our Teachers find support for growing their professional knowledge, refining their teaching practice, and strengthening their implementation, including brand-new, CEU credit-bearing online professional development courses, Interrater Reliability certification, and training.

Physical Education

Our teachers have access to the latest, update physical exercise. We believe daily physical is important. 

Math

  • Numerals 1-100

  • Counting objects to 100

  • One-to-one correspondence of objects

  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size

  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC

  • Sizes: small, medium, large

  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle

  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.

  • Same and Different

  • More, Less, Same

  • Time: Day and Night

  • Money: Explore through games, songs, and pretend play

Literacy

  • Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds

  • Recognize, spell, write first name

  • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly

  • Retell familiar stories

  • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences

  • Answer questions about stories

  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays

  • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up

  • Build new vocabulary

  • Build listening skills

  • Strengthen visual discrimination

  • Sequencing

  • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.

Science

  • Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.

  • Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations

  • Observe insect life

  • Observe plant growth

  • Observe weather and plant life during each season

  • Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities

  • Identify basic colors and explore color mixing

  • Make observational drawings and dictation

  • Explore the world with the five senses

  • Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat

Creative Arts

  • Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, collage, etc.

  • Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, art chalk, clay

  • Experiment with mixing paint colors

  • Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum

  • Participate in movement songs and dances

  • Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms

  • Use a variety of children’s instruments

  • Participate in dramatic play

  • Dramatize familiar stories

  • Act out the movements and sounds of animals

Social Skills

  • Practice problem-solving skills in social situations

  • Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects

  • Share classroom materials with the group

  • Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners

  • Communicate his/her needs

  • Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, roll up nap pad, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.

  • State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country

  • Explore types of work and workers

  • Explore modes of transportation

  • Participate in projects to help others in need: Neighbors in Need, Birthright, Operation: Rice Bowl, missions, etc.

Technology

  • Use computer programs to create picture stories

  • Use a computer mouse: click, click and drag

  • Use the Internet to explore kid-friendly websites