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FIRST CIRCLE NEEDHAM

prekindergarten

ready for school

Pre-K children have a strong foundation of learning and are ready to build more skills. They are able to participate in group experiences; respond to open-ended questions; make predictions; consistently follow an activity through to completion; care for their own personal needs like toileting, dressing, safety; and navigate the classroom environment independently.
Our prekindergarten classroom is set up for intentional learning: organized and engaging, equipped with fun and purposeful materials that foster independent exploration, play, and socialization. The classroom encourages learning in all areas and is designed to protect children’s health and safety, as well as support their needs for activity, sensory stimulation, outdoor activity, rest, and nourishment.
In prekindergarten, we help children build collaboration and communication skills, creativity, executive function, and critical thinking—the 21st century skills they’ll need to thrive in school and in life.

Getting ready for kindergarten,
learning the skills necessary to thrive — in school and in life!

the classroom

prekindergarten team

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curriculum

All the experiences, activities, and interactions that foster children’s learning and development:

skills

areas of learning

Children don’t learn at the same pace or in the same way, so our curriculum supports individual strengths and interests, and respects each child’s learning styles, pace, temperament, developmental stage, and needs. 

puzzle-me-you

me + you

learning about my self and those around me

skills:
sense of self
self-competence
resilience
self-management
relationships
integrity
compassion
respect for self + others
citizenship
good citizenship
mindfulness
helpful at school, home, community
leadership
courage
positive attitude
responsibility
relationship building
positive relationships
global citizens — social studies
self, family + community
time + history
geography
civics
economics
puzzle_brain

brain power

learning how to think about the world around me

skills:
approaches to learning
learning strategies
reasoning + concept development
sorting
using symbols
math
numbers
shapes + spacial relationships
comparison
patterns
science
scientific method
living things
physical science
earth + space
technology
tech knowledge
engineering
design + building
puzzle-healthy

healthy me

developing a healthy body + learning to take care of myself

skills:
body awareness + motor development
traveling
balancing
gross-motor manipulation
fine-motor strength + coordination
healthy habits
learning healthy habits
safety
making good choices
puzzle-word

word smart

learning to communicate in the world around me

skills:
listening
language
speaking
using language
conversation
prereading
phonetics
letters
print
narrative
prewriting
writing
puzzle-imagine

imagine that

learning to express myself creatively

skills:
art
visual arts
music
musical expression
dance + movement
dancing
dramatic play
drama
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my character
JANUARY

respect

Treating someone with respect means acting in a way that shows you care about their feelings and well-being. A child who learns to be respectful develops positive relationships throughout life. Children who have self-respect treat themselves well—they make good choices, and they tend to act in their own best interests.

relationships


FEBRUARY

compassion

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relationships


MARCH

community

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citizenship


APRIL

mindfulness

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citizenship


MAY

helpfulness

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citizenship


JUNE

courage

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leadership


JULY

positive attitude

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leadership


AUGUST

responsibility

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leadership


SEPTEMBER

self-competence

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sense of self


OCTOBER

resilience

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sense of self


NOVEMBER

self-management

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sense of self


DECEMBER

integrity

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relationships


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puzzles

working with puzzles and board games encourages resilience

who am i

show and tell teaches me confidence to talk about myself

learning safety

visits from police and firefighters teach me about safety

dramatic play

acting out a story helps my imagination