Four and five-year-olds have a natural enthusiasm and love of learning. Our seasoned team of early childhood specialists help them grow in self-awareness and curiosity, as well as support these youngest Derby students as they develop into confident, joyful learners.
Every day, children are celebrated for their unique qualities, as we create a classroom community with a sense of belonging, significance, and fun. Derby uses the Responsive Classroom technique to lead children in developing life and kindness skills through the acronym CARES: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control.
Academic learning is scaffolded, with specialist support in literacy and math using the Fundations and Bridges for Mathematics curriculum. Writing focuses on a gradual shift from talking to drawing to writing. Our thematic curriculum teaches self-confidence, critical thinking for information, inclusion of diverse cultures, as well as ideas, history, geography, and the world at large.
“Specials” are fully integrated into the curriculum through highly trained instructors that lead lessons in Spanish, music and movement, art, STEM, and physical education – students even perform a class musical with the drama teacher.
Multiple cross-curricular experiences are available throughout the year with other grades and the Pals program pairs Pre-K students with Grade 8 students as they meet for special projects, fun, and exploration.
Our Pre-Kindergarten class meets Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-12 PM, and on Fridays from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM. Our Extended Day program is available for Pre-K students and offers enrichment opportunities such as Maker Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Wonder Wednesday, and Thinking Thursday – fun activities that incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts into their programs.
- Birthday Books
- School Gardens
- Field Trips
- Math Morning
- Reading Circles
- Pals Program with Grade 8
- Pajama Breakfasts
- Gingerbread Man Run!
- May the 4th Celebration
- Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course
- Talent Show Participation