A co-educational, non-sectarian, independent school serving grades PreK through 8th since 1982

Preschool

Preschool is our licensed program for four-year-olds featuring developmentally appropriate play and learning. Our students enjoy a safe and nurturing environment with our two Early Childhood specialists.

Preschool PreK ECE sandbox play

The daily Preschool routine includes circle and story time along with structured opportunities for self-directed play, which includes painting, dancing, singing, dressing up and supervised hands-on activities.

Class Schedule

Monday - Friday
8am - 12pm
Extended Program Option
8am - 3pm

Teachers

The ACS Preschool is led by an ECE specialist with an aide in the classroom, in addition to regular visits with our full-time librarian and Musical Movement teacher. There is a 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio.

Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Pre-Reading and Pre-Writing Skills
  • Letter recognition
  • Beginning letter-sound recognition
  • Exposure to rich, age-appropriate literature to develop comprehension skills
  • Development of fine motor skills for future letter and number printing

Oral Language

  • Story dictation and retelling
  • Sharing experiences
  • Listening and observing
  • Memorization and recitation
  • Rhyming

Social Studies

  • Learning about other cultures through parent presentations and holiday cultural celebrations
  • Beginning to see the world from another's perspective
  • Exploring the role of rules in society to develop abilities to play, work, and get along with classmates in a socially acceptable manner and to practice age-level skills in self care
  • Learning about the United States through patriotic songs and poetry

Math & Science


Math
  • Beginning numeral recognition
  • Beginning counting by correspondence
  • Rote counting
  • Beginning classification
  • Beginning pattern recognition
  • Calendar skills
  • Beginning math vocabulary concepts: more-than and less-than, under, over, sum of
  • Ordering objects from smallest to largest

Science

  • Explore topics in science to develop curiosity and a sense of wonder regarding the world around them
  • Practice and develop abilities to observe, sequence, classify and describe
  • Use scientific topics and issues as a basis for practice in solving problems and reaching conclusions

Movement

  • Fine and gross motor
  • Develop muscles in fingers and hands to perform tasks and use implements: scissors, pencils, markers, buttoning, and controlling glue
  • Develop large muscles in arms and legs to ride bikes, climb stairs and ladders, run, hop and skip, plus playground activities and Musical Movement

Musical Movement

  • Body and space awareness
  • Non-locomotor and locomotor skills
  • Manipulative skills (throwing, catching, dribbling, kicking, jumping rope)
  • Motor memory skills; visual and auditory cues to copy and recall single movements and movement/rhythm patterns
  • Dramatic expression/creative movement
  • Self-initiated movement and expression through music, poems and stories
  • Ability to listen for musical cues as they relate to movement

Art & Music

Art
  • Develop ability to communicate thoughts and feeling through a variety of art mediums
  • Develop creativity and self expression through a variety of art mediums and risk taking

Music

  • Exposure to the Orff music program, which combines movement, instruments, speech and song
  • Refinement of auditory abilities to discern and discriminate sounds through a variety of music
  • Begin to discern rhythm
  • Learn to use voice to sing a song
  • Gain an appreciation of different kinds of music

Library Visits

Preschool students are able to visit the school library and spend time with our full-time librarian who introduces the students to new authors and allows them to check out books to take home.

Field Trips

Preschool students generally take at least one annual offsite field trip. This year the students will visit Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale in the fall and again in the spring to compare the two seasons on the farm. They will also visit a grocery store to understand the relationship between where food is grown and where most of us buy it.

"Earliest isn't best. Fastest isn't best. If what we want for our children is a lifetime of excellence — in experience, in ability, in knowledge — we must be responsible enough to wait and thorough enough to look at all sides of their development." —Bev Bos, early childhood expert
Recommended Reading
  • "Blessings of a Skinned Knee" by Wendy Mogel, MD
  • "The Importance of Being Little" by Erika Christakis
  • "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" by Peggy Orenstein
  • "Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic" by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

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