Pre-Kindergarten (Age: 2 years, 9 months)

The Pre-K program at the Academy of Notre Dame is an ideal transitional setting that prepares students for kindergarten. It is designed for children two years and nine months or older who are just beginning in a formal educational setting. The Academy’s experienced faculty will assist students who are in the final stages of toilet training with the expectation that all students will be fully trained by December 1. The Pre-K program focuses on developing six key areas of learning - cognitive development, creative expression, language and sound discrimination, social and emotional development, executive control and functioning, and physical development.  

Pre-K students will begin their experience in the Early Years at the Academy of Notre Dame by learning basic rules and routines of school while also focusing on a comprehensive curriculum to learn their letters, numbers, shapes, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social/emotional skills, and the basics of science and social studies.

At the Academy, your child will transition through each stage of the Early Years Program appropriately with teachers who guide his/her academic challenges and support his/her social development in an environment that encourages strong character and solid values.

As well as the core curriculum listed below, Pre-K students also have a weekly specials including art, music, physical education, and library. Students will also take weekly trips to our STEAM mini-makerspace to foster a love of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

Curriculum

Big Day for Pre-K by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A comprehensive curriculum that includes intentional instruction in the following domains:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Oral Language and Vocabulary
  • Emergent Reading
  • Emergent Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Development
  • Technology

Zaner-Bloser

A handwriting program that teaches children the correct way to form letters and numbers by giving them specific language to create each letter and number.

Discovering God

A faith-based program that encourages children to explore God’s gifts of life. Provides listening and language skills practice and prayer experiences to nurture children’s prayer life. Includes special celebrations activities to engage children in prayer and rituals for holy days and holidays.

My Big World with Clifford by Scholastic

A weekly Scholastic program to explore and discover a variety of science and social studies topics such as discover apples, firefighters in our community, freezing and melting, and baby animals. The playful activities focus on early- learning essentials such as:

  • Vocabulary
  • Social development
  • Movement
  • Language
  • ABC’s and Numbering