On any day, step into a PreK classroom at Aspen and you’ll be greeted by a host of cheerful students being playful while being challenged. These thriving leaders of the future are learning to be kind, do good, work hard, and make the world better each day. While they make it look easy, our faculty is bringing precise, personalized care to each student’ journey with a mix of play and conscientious curriculum. These students are experiencing an education of consequence and falling in love with learning and living.
We are committed to equipping students with the skills, habits, attitudes and content needed to successfully develop and navigate an extraordinary and purposeful life. In PreK, we begin with social and emotional education fundamentals to support thriving lives for our students. Our program intentionally and consistently cultivates:
- Curiosity and Imagination
- Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
- Collaboration Across Networks
- Agility and Adaptability
- Effective Communication
- Accessing and Analyzing Information
LETTER FROM PREK DIRECTOR
Welcome to Aspen Academy’s PreK learning community. I am proud to be a part of our program that intentionally combines fun, personalization and learning. We begin our journey by partnering with families on encouraging healthy social and emotional skills for each child. When our students are able to make friends, be a friend, be independent and be kind to others their learning excels and they become a leader in our amazing community.
Children in our program transition into Kindergarten successfully because of the leadership focus and academic kick start.
- Debbie Cordero, PreK Director
Pre-Kindergarteners will be guided through:
- Sorting and matching
- Classifying and grouping objects
- Geometry - 2D and 3D
- Numbers to 20, counting back
- Number sense - measurement
- Greater than, less than, equal sets
- Estimating quantities
- Fractions - time and money
- Zero the hero
- Addition, subtraction
Supporting the development of emerging literacy skills is the primary focus of our early language arts program. Our curriculum serves as a base for:
- Sequence, introduction and integration of learning letters, phonics and phonemes
- Language games and songs to stretch the child’s listening and overall language and reading skills
- Sharing rich stories together to embrace a love of reading
- Story-telling, reading, journaling, labeling, story-writing and picture-modeling to enhance language development and the child’s understanding of sound-symbol relationships
All units in PreKindergarten are interdisciplinary and sensory-focused. As a science component, students learn the beginnings of observation skills. The year is spent learning tactile and fine motor skills such as scooping, sorting and drawing.
We use the Destination Imagination STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, and Math) Program for Early Childhood. Students will use the STEAM Lab for enrichment and build upon students’ natural curiosity as they experience and explore basic concepts.
Children are taught to explore and understand their world through open-ended art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product.
Our Essentials Program offers performance-based courses that continue to build leadership, confidence and pride for each student. We realize world language, performing arts, visual arts, technology and fitness, along with the academic content classes, create a space for students to grow and learn in all areas of their school life as well as discover their individual passions and gifts.
First and foremost, we are inspirational facilitators of children’s social and emotional growth to create a strong foundation for learning through collaborative partnerships with families and the greater Aspen community to develop the whole child. We value each child’s unique gifts and culture, guiding them to their full potential.