Pre-Kindergarten students are actively, joyfully and constantly engaged in making meaning of the world around them. Beauvoir teachers intentionally create classroom communities and cultures that support children’s intellectual, social and emotional growth. Our teachers do so guided by Beauvoir's core values
of childhood, collaboration, creativity, curiosity and courage.
At Beauvoir, pre-kindergarten teachers honor childhood by putting the specific needs of four- and five-year-olds at the heart of every decision. Sometimes there is outdoor arrival and the day begins on the playground. Sometimes morning or closing meeting lasts for only a few minutes. Sometimes the schedule is swept aside to give necessary attention to an exciting discovery, while other times we closely follow our schedule because consistency is reassuring. Our youngest learners have a quiet rest time every day to provide much-needed cognitive and physical rest. Some of our students sleep, while others have a chance to practice mindfulness activities that they have learned.
While four- and five-year-olds are typically considered to be fairly egocentric, when given meaningful projects, pre-kindergarten students are quite capable of collaboration. Whether it be collaborating around a model of a pond or making a list of questions for a guest expert, students listen to each other and build upon others' ideas to create a stronger end result. In our Maker Space, pre-kindergarten students demonstrate empathy and practice their collaborative skills, noticing when a friend needs another piece of tape or offering to hold a structure to give the builder a chance to look at it from another angle.
In pre-kindergarten, students begin to build a solid foundation in learning, developing the understandings, skills, and dispositions to be competent and confident students. They are welcomed into the community as young mathematicians
, writers, scientists
. They engage in service projects
, physical education
activities, social studies
units, library visits
and Global Studies
celebrations. As such, there are myriad ways to practice creativity, from developing conjectures in mathematics
to creating books in the literacy
center to experimenting with new techniques and materials in art to developing ways to document and share their learning using technology
In pre-kindergarten, students participate in meaningful projects that allow them to develop, investigate, and answer questions using primary sources, including their own powers of observation. Their innate curiosity is nurtured and valued as an important driving force in the learning process. Teachers choose subjects for projects that are engaging to young students, are able to be studied first-hand, and with which students already possess some background knowledge. Within these parameters, students learn how to learn and how to be active participants in the ongoing sense-making process.
When our students feel safe, they are better able to take an active role in their learning. Our social curriculum helps students to understand how we treat each other in a community, and how to function as a partner, member of a small group, classroom and broader school community. When students feel valued as a member of a community, they are able to demonstrate courage, whether improvising a verse in music, trying a conversation in Spanish
, or reading a self-published book to the class.