Pre-K Information

  • 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
    inquiry skills.


    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.