Prince William Academy's preschool program combines academics with play, art, and positive interaction among our young pupils. All preschoolers, aged 2-4, receive instruction in phonics and numbers, as well as Spanish and another non Latin-based language.
Our preschool curriculum includes Montessori-based and hands-on learning, and provides an excellent foundation for our students as they prepare for our advanced elementary curriculum.
Parents may choose to enroll their children in preschool for half or full days, for 2, 3, or 5 days per week. Before and after care is also available for preschoolers.
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Our 2s and Young 3s program provides our youngest preschool students with a warm, comfortable, and enriching environment where they can explore new concepts, socialize with their peers, and get the exercise and rest their growing bodies need. We utilize the Peabody Early Experience Kit (PEEK) for our young learners, which emphasizes hands-on activities to enhance children's ability to think and communicate. We incorporate art activities into every school day, along with plenty of outdoor and gym time, and afternoon naps.
Students are introduced to the alphabet, letter formation, and letter sounds. Literacy is established through imitation of adults and interaction with other children. Language development and listening skills are focal points throughout the day. Story time is an important element of every school day.
Students are introduced to basic math concepts. Students learn simple counting, basic shapes, and classification by size through hands-on lessons, manipulatives, and center time.
Students explore science concepts through hands-on projects covering topics such as color recognition, nutrition, ocean life, the five senses, weather, and outer space.
Students learn about themselves, and how to navigate social relationships. Students begin developing important social skills by playing a positive role within their classroom community. Students learn to identify themselves in a picture, to identify and value their personal belongings, and to initiate and negotiate positive interactions with their peers as well as adults.
Students learn basic art concepts that help develop their coordination and motor skills. A variety of art materials, including paint, crayons, and glue, are used to help students demonstrate self-expression.
Students are introduced to basic computer skills through interactive, age-appropriate and lesson-oriented games. Students also utilize their classroom computers to enjoy a variety of music, videos, and sound effects. Students develop their fine motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination while keyboarding.
Students listen to and learn to sing short, repetitive songs. Our preschoolers learn to clap or use repetitive movements to accompany the music. They also participate in school-wide musical performances.
Students do not attend formal physical education classes, but engage in a variety of daily activities to help them get moving and develop gross motor skills. This includes time on the playground, and introduction to more organized games.
Students listen and understand, and imitate with physical and verbal responses with group support. Teachers introduce the students to languages via simple songs and rhymes that focus on numbers and colors. Other topics include greetings and salutations, classroom objects, days of the week, months of the year, and animals. Language teachers engage their students in singing songs that develop a child's musical talent and ear for correct pronunciation and intonation. Three times a year, students participate in special performances for their parents during the Winter Program, Mother's Day program, and an end-of-the-year program.