Pre-primary and Kindergarten (3, 4 and 5 year olds)
In the Pre-primary programs, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy implements a teacher-directed developmentally appropriate approach rooted in the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our children are grouped by grades in creative interactive class environments. The Pre-primary serves three and four year-olds leading to the Kindergarten year and the Primary program.
Our Pre-primary students and Kindergarteners are guided by their teachers in theme-based learning. Daily the children participate in teacher directed small group lessons and learning centers which extend and reinforce their study, for example, of math concepts or science topics or religion bible stories. While studying the dandelion, our three-year-olds combed the grounds of NFA to gather as many as they could find. Back in their classroom, they examined their dandelions under the microscope. They observed their stems and petals paying special attention to their differences and similarities of each dandelion. Before cleaning up for snack, they created beautiful spring pictures using their dandelions as paint brushes.
In our Kindergarten, our children progress through the curriculum in the teacher-created environment which encourages interaction, exploration, and investigation. Centers and lessons focus on development in religion, math, language/reading, science, art, writing, gross motor, fine motor, and dramatic play or housekeeping. Nearly all Pre-primary children attend the five half-day sessions per week and Kindergartens have a full day program.
Optional Afternoon Session: Students who are 3 and 4 years old and enrolled in NFA’s five morning per week Montessori or Preprimary programs, have the option of extending their day until 3:00 pm. The Afternoon Session draws from the strengths of our two early childhood educational programs, Montessori and Pre-primary. It includes a personalized approach to themed learning, independent and group work, outdoor play, science, art, and imaginary play and activities. Located in the White House on the Norwood campus, the Afternoon Session allows families to choose 2, 3, or 5 afternoons per week. The Afternoon Session operates every day that school is in session, beginning with the first full day of school, except when there is a noon dismissal.