The Pre-Kindergarten Program at John A. Johson Achievement Plus Elementary believes all children have the ability to grow and learn. It's our job to create an environment to make learning happen. If you visit our class you will find hands-on learning, children building relationships, and an emphasis on getting children ready for kindergarten and beyond!
SPPS Pre-Kindergarten Programs use the Discovering Our World curriculum which consists of 7 AOS (Areas of Study).
The Big Ideas are examined through these Areas of Study:
1. Launching Early Childhood Workshop: The First Six Weeks in My New School
This Launch Unit is designed to introduce children to the classroom, their teachers, their classmates, and
the school community. The first six weeks of school is a very important time to recognize change and
teach new skills.
2. Exploring Change in My World
First students notice the change, then they will explore adaptations, and eventually, students will see the connection to a complete cycle.
Noticing change is the first step toward understanding the sequence of a cycle through observation and
3. Being Healthy in Our World
The focus is on what it means to be healthy, healthy habits, healthy foods and people who
help us be healthy. All living things have basic needs, which vary with individuals and cultures. Students
will learn about themselves by studying the names of basic body parts, the five senses, the benefits of
exercise, healthy eating, and adequate sleep, as well as the people in their families and communities that
keep them healthy.
4. Adapting to Our World
The focus on how we adapt to changes in the weather personally (clothing, activities), in our families (foods, shelter) and in our communities (habitats, migration and
hibernation, and how these connect to human adaptation). Observe environmental changes in the
weather, plants, and water.
5. Helping in Our World
The focus is on the many people who help in the students' world. The study builds over
the weeks by starting with students' own experiences of being a helper at home (chores) and at school
(cleaning, sharing, caring for the room). Then the focus expands to people at home, school, and in the
community who help. Students will understand that we can’t meet all of our own needs, so we need a
community of helpers to survive and thrive!
6. Creating and Constructing in Our World
The focus of this Area of Study is the many different ways to create or build in the students’ world. As
students create, attend to how they express themselves as individuals within a culture. Allow
expression of culture in a broad sense through creations: building, art, music, writing, dance, and
movement, culinary arts, etc. The skills they learn in exploring the idea of being a creator will help them
understand their role in being a contributor to society. “When I create, I help other people.”
7. Cycles in Our World
Now that students have observed changes in Exploring Change in My World and examined how we adapt to those changes in
Adapting to Our World, they have a foundation to discover basic cycles that exist around them. Cycles in
Our World focuses on observing predictable patterns and using inquiry skills to gain a deeper
understanding of the patterns and cycles around them. These include the cycle of a day, life cycles of
plants and animals, seasons, physical growth, and change over time.