The BPS Pre-K Program is developmentally appropriate with a focus on early literacy, math skills, and social skills, all of which are learned through play and hands-on activities. A developmentally appropriate program (DAP) is one that takes into consideration the skills and maturity level of its students. In a DAP classroom the expectations are realistic and age appropriate. The children are encouraged to ask questions and explore their surroundings. The classroom is designed so that children have access to all appropriate materials. They will spend a large part of their day in learning centers.
A center-based classroom is the heart of the Pre-K learning environment. Time spent daily in learning centers provides the setting for children to safely explore and learn about themselves and the people, places, and things in their environment. Classrooms use learning centers for purposeful and intentional play, as this is the most effective way for young children to learn. To many, this looks like “play time.” However, Pre-K children learn through exploration. By providing a learning objective for each learning center the teacher is setting the stage for an engaging and productive learning experience. The rest of the students’ day will be spent listening to stories, singing songs, doing finger plays, and moving or dancing. The teacher and teaching assistant will prepare many activities that promote creativity and physical wellbeing.