Nansemond-Suffolk Academy's Pre-Kindergarten in the Helen B. Holland Early School in the Lower School houses our developmentally appropriate Pre-Kindergarten program for two, three and four-year-olds. The program is designed with a thorough understanding of the tremendous capabilities of this age group, as well as with an appreciation of the needs and differences of the individual children enrolled. The teacher serves as facilitator or guide and implements the curriculum, primarily by creating a classroom environment that will enhance the child's growth and development in all areas. Important to this environment is an emotional climate that is loving, nurturing and safe, as well as an educational climate that is stimulating, enriching and challenging. In this setting the child can make relevant discoveries about his world.
Because young children learn through interacting with others, it is an important part of Pre-Kindergarten. Children are given the opportunity daily to play individually and in small and large groups. A routine is followed each day with active times being alternated with quiet times. Children often initiate their own learning, as well as participate in teacher-directed activities. Math and reading activities, music, art, foreign language, dramatic play, puzzles, stories, block building, learning and movement games, yoga, readiness activities, physical exercise, science labs, Ipad explorations, show and tell, questioning and critical thinking.....all are part of the Pre-Kindergarten experience.
Welcome to the NSA Pre-Kindergarten program -- the heart and the start of our school!