Hands-on learning and exploring through discovery and play lead these methods. With a variety of materials in the classroom each student is encouraged to develop in all areas of learning. Along with academic encouragement students are guided in social and emotional growth with the guidance of a Master and an Assistant teacher.

The Pre K/Transitional K class curriculum aligns with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards.

Class periods include a snack and available outside discovery through activities and recess.
There are several class options available. These options include both AM and PM sessions three and four days a week.


Language and Speaking Skills

  • Tell personal information
  • Retell a short story in correct order
  • Recall details when being read a story
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Speak using complete sentences

Reading Skills

  • Find the differences between pictures/symbols/letters
  • Identify letters in first name
  • Begin to identify letter sounds
  • Sort pictures according to appropriate groups

Spelling Skills

  • Use abstract symbols as written words or letters
  • Begin to write letters in name

Writing Skills

  • Hold pencil correctly
  • Generate own story
  • Participate in group activities related to stories
  • Write first name

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Follow simple rules
  • Use creative thinking skills and imagination to solve problems
  • Work cooperatively with and show respect to classmates
  • Develop and use rational and critical thinking

Number Insight

  • Meaningful count (0-10)
  • Read numbers (0-10)
  • Rote count to 100


  • Compare quantities (more, less, equal, unequal)
  • Compare objects (size, height, weight, length)
  • Compare volume (more, less)
  • Compare area (big, small)


  • Count manipulatives


  • Observe and create different patterns involving everyday life
  • Identify and continue a pattern with materials
  • Identify basic shapes
  • Sort materials by common features
  • Create and experience graphs
  • Develop own patterns


  • Use colors that are real and imaginary in artwork
  • Explore and create individual projects with all types of art mediums
  • Experiment with creating different textures in playdough and clay
  • Develop art appreciation


  • Display a curiosity about the world
  • Cooperate with classmates to solve problems
  • Understand that questioning is part of the scientific process
  • Discover ways scientists make observations and solve problems
  • Participate in experiments to solve a problem

Development of Concepts

  • Identify and explain that descriptions about natural occurrences can be sorted in different ways
  • Identify that in the natural world cause-and- effect relationships exist
  • Use and design models to understand natural occurrences
  • Recognize that in the natural world change occurs
  • Identify the relationship between the function of an organism and its structure


  • Describe how different people and places can give us help when needed
  • Name ways to avoid germs
  • Give examples of nutritious snacks
  • Describe proper dental care
  • Identify reasons for talking to an adult before using any unknown substance

Physical Growth

  • Play simple, non-competitive games
  • Demonstrate understanding of simple concepts
  • (up, down, high, low)
  • Display a sense of risk-taking
  • Balance body while doing simple stunts
  • Catch a large object with two hands
  • Ride a tricycle
  • Run, jump and hop