Early Childhood Education (PreK - K) curriculum At-a-glance
In Kindergarten, the emphasis is on pre-literacy, where the children learn to listen, focus and refocus in order to develop the reading comprehension and pre-math skills so necessary for future grades.
Greenwood’s integrated curriculum focuses on how children develop and learn as well as what they learn. Art, music, movement, nature and environmental studies are interwoven directly into the more fundamental subjects of math, science, reading and writing. The curriculum grows as the child grows.
Our goal in the Greenwood School Kindergarten is to help children develop the executive functioning skills they need to thrive in first grade—and in life. When children have opportunities to develop executive functioning and self-regulation skills—paying attention, being patient, having empathy, taking turns, focusing, persevering, controlling impulses, following directions—they experience lifelong benefits.
One of the core values of Greenwood’s Early Childhood Education is to preserve the magic of childhood—cultivating joy, wonder, humor, creativity, and connection. We do this by eliminating screen time, and other distractions, and placing importance on deep connections to others and the natural environment. Through these mindful relationships, children develop compassion and responsibility. In addition, multi-age classrooms reflect the natural groupings found in families, neighborhoods, and communities and promote the development of leadership and social skills.
Our three-year preschool/kindergarten program aims to build a healthy sense of self, strong imagination, and life-long learning.
Some of the core learning tools in Early Ed include:
Small play acting
Story-telling through word and song
Festival and magic-making