The Hartford Prekindergarten Magnet School provides a social learning environment that nurtures and supports young children’s natural ability to learn, experiment and explore through active engagement in structured play, inquiry-based instruction, interactive discussions around play and literature and the mapping of vocabulary.
Creative exploration/free and structured play
Researched based curriculum in language, literacy, math and science.
Environmental connection-tie outdoors, primary instruction around native CT flora and fauna
Aesthetic, calm atmosphere and appreciation of the arts
Thorough incorporation of language and early literacy concepts into all experiences
Entire child nurtured-family/school/community connection
This school extends the boundaries of learning through the thoughtful and intentional development and planning of a language, literacy, mathematics and science curriculum. Children participate in an instructional program that develops communications skills through the exploration of concepts using art, music, drama, science and mathematics, supported by interactive experiences with children’s literature.
Children will leave Hartford PreKindergarten Magnet School prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, due to an integrated curriculum that addresses all of the areas known to be foundational for success in school.
Special Features and Highlights
Daily read-aloud periods allow for children to gain an understanding of the nuances of new vocabulary words they are learning and for teachers to question children in ways that promote discussion and a deep understanding of the text.
Through creative play, children will have the opportunity to learn about the world around them through observing, questioning, conducting investigations, making predictions, drawing conclusions and communicating findings. Technology such as HATCH (iStart Smart Preschool Computers), interactive electronic wipe-boards and electronic notebooks will serve as tools for enhancing these inquiry skills.
By engaging in this hands-on, innovative approach to learning, students will build connections between what happens in school and what occurs in the real world. The approaches that are utilized with the students will be shared with the students’ families through ongoing parent focused trainings so that the language and the vocabulary development within the school will filter into all elements of the students’ lives outside of school as well.
Children will be supported in a language rich environment conducive to both first and second language development. The best practices for promoting bilingualism and biliteracy will be incorporated into daily practices. Opportunities will be created for a two- way bilingual component for Spanish and English Literature chosen for the curriculum will be used in both English and Spanish.
After Care: 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Red polo shirts and navy blue pants.