Launch into Kindergarten Curriculum
We have a special classroom for advanced 4-year old’s and young 5-year-old children who have missed Montgomery County’s cut-off for entering kindergarten.
Our KinderPrep class is tailored to serve the unique skills and cognitive abilities of this age group. We employ a Reggio-inspired, project based “emergent curriculum,” predicated on the ever-changing interests, ideas, and questions of children. Our provocations are often inspired by children themselves giving ample opportunity for discussion, decision-making, collaboration, and evaluation. Projects can last days or weeks depending on where it leads us. Our teachers use these projects to deliver rich educational experiences using literacy, music, art, dramatic play, motor development, math, nature, and science. Our methodology is underpinned by our understanding of the cognitive and academic standards needed to succeed in a 21st century kindergarten.
We also supplement our lessons with The Creative Curriculum®, a Reggio-inspired planning tool developed by Bethesda’s own Learning Strategies, Inc., headquartered only 3 blocks from our classrooms. They provide inquiry based investigative studies that we weave into our lesson planning as we prepare your child for kindergarten. For further information, visit:
Classroom and Resources
The KinderPrep classrooms at Lynnbrook Center have been designed with intention and purpose to create a beautiful and organically inspired learning environment. Our preschool classrooms and outdoor campus are our “third teacher”.
We have two large classrooms for preschool and kinder-prep classes with a large theater size stage for dramatic play and presentations. Our classrooms are designed to give children appropriate access to art materials, pretend play fixtures, recycled materials for projects, and other hands-ready resources so children are empowered to be creative and expressive.
Our KinderPrep classroom and daily routines are designed to introduce children to what they can expect in kindergarten. The transition to kindergarten can be difficult for children who have previously only been in a mixed age day care setting. Parents welcome this consciously designed space to allow their children to flourish with peers of the same age and development level.
Our KinderPrep class also helps your child learn how to collaborate with other children, resolve conflicts constructively, and develop deeper friendships.
As they will in Kindergarten, your 4 and 5 year old child will have expanded classroom chores to model how to share responsibilities and community values.
Documentation and Communication
Our piazza entrance at Lynnbrook Center classrooms features amazing documentation of the projects children do together. Individual work is also documented using journals, project boards, weekly photo arrays with comments from children in their own unique words. This manner of documentation flows from our Respect for Children and intentionality of valuing the work children do.