The pre-k class is made up of 22 children ages 4- to 5-years with 2 educators. The teacher/student ratio in the pre-k class is 1:11.
The preschool and pre-k classes will also be supported by the Atelierista (Studio Teacher) who will work with small groups of children in the studio. Experiences in the studio may be independent of classroom work or connected to ongoing project work. The Atelierista will collaborate with the classroom educators to create continuity of learning as well as plan, research, observe and document children’s work.
The pre-k class will continue the style of work from the previous year. Together, children and educators will broaden and deepen the complexity of the work. Educators will introduce challenging provocations and questions to engage critical thinking and problem solving. Children will be encouraged to share their ideas and create hypothesis with which to experiment. Each individual child and the group as a whole will encounter academic concepts within the context of their projects and provocations. Attention will be given to “school readiness” keeping in mind the philosophies and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach and our research-supported beliefs and values regarding how children learn.
During the 2015-16 school year the pre-k class will be a private, tuition based class. For the 2016-17 school year we will apply for a Georgia lottery pre-k grant. If awarded this grant the pre-k program will be free for families.