Lessons get pre-kindergarteners’ attention

A pre-kindergarten student excavates “dinosaur bones.”

The pre-kindergarten program, taught by Kim Reinhardt, prepares older 4-year-olds or younger 5-year-olds for kindergarten. This full-day program (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) allows students to develop basic social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.  

Reinhardt plans weekly, themed lessons that capture students’ attention. The class completed a unit on dinosaurs in April with the reading center turned into a jungle. Stuffed dinosaurs and a tent were added to the center, and vines and trees made it feel more like the habitat where dinosaurs would have lived.

Students watched as dinosaur eggs “hatched” in water.

The students also enjoyed learning while excavating “dinosaur bones” from “rock.” Once all the bones had been excavated, students assembled their dinosaur, working very carefully so as not to break the bones.


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