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Early Learning – Pre-K and Kindergarten

Early Learning  (Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten)

NEW OPTIONS for the 2017-2018 School Year:

Five full days OR Five half days OR Three full days are available for families next year. See our admissions/tuition page for different pricing. http://westfieldfriends.org/admissions/tuition/

At Westfield Friends, we believe that all young children learn through social interaction and play, so our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes focus on providing a warm, supportive learning environment with stimulating activities.

In Pre-K our goal is to promote positive attitudes towards school, encourage responsibility and independence, and start children on a path towards a happy and successful time at Westfield. In the Pre-K class, teachers act as guides to our students, providing multiple opportunities for growth in all areas of the academic curriculum, in social skills and in self-confidence, helping the children to make the right choices.

In kindergarten our goal is to provide children with an education that develops their intellects and personality, transitioning them from the Pre-K world to a point where they can work more independently and function effectively in co-operative teams. We do this by making use of their natural desire to investigate, explore and discover all there is to learn socially, emotionally and academically.

In both Pre-K and Kindergarten, our students are involved in multiple activities and thematic units of study. Our daily schedule consists of literacy and language arts, math, social studies and science. The Kindergarteners also enjoy computer studies, Spanish, French, music, and art taught by teachers in these respective specialty areas. A unique strength of our curriculum is the approach that we use to ensure that thematic units are integrated across every subject area, creating a richness of experience that our students love. Additionally, we have a major focus on literacy – the children write every day, working on learning to encode sounds to form words. By the end of the year, all of our students are forming sentences. Also, we foster a love of books in our class. We read books, we make books, and we talk about books.