Early Childhood Program (Pre - K)
The Early Childhood Program at Horace Mann School is a developmental-based program for young learners. We provide a language rich environment where American Sign Language, spoken English, and written English are used to support and facilitate instruction in a variety of ways. Our program includes teachers who are trained in a variety of modalities such as American Sign Language, oral/aural instruction, and bilingual education. We are able to address a variety of language needs and augmentative approaches. We work closely with our families to support learning both at school and at home.
The K0 and K1 curriculum aligns with the Boston Public Schools using the combination of Focus on Pre-K Curriculum and Building Blocks math curriculum, where children learn foundational skills for reading, social-emotional development, science, and mathematical thinking. We incorporate opportunities to learn about different cultures through cooking lessons, craft activities, and cultural celebrations. Students benefit from attending a Boston based program, where they have access to various local field trip experiences. Our program servies students from 3 to 5 years old and provides a full 7 hour school day five days a week with the option for summer school as well.
Kindergarten is an area where we see growth and progress in many areas. The objectives are based on the the Boston Public Schools' Kindergarten Standards as well as the Focus on K2 curriculum, which is a comprehensive, integrated approach combining the most current research on teaching and learning with attention to high standards for achievement. Content is taught in part through whole-group mini-lessons with an emphasis on hands-on, authentic learning in interdisciplinary centers. Not only does this engage children's creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills; but it instills a life-long love of learning.