Academics
Pre-K and Kindergarten

Curriculum

Baldwin’s Early Childhood program focuses on the whole girl and is based on the philosophy that play is the work of children.
Through play, a girl learns to negotiate social situations, begins to problem solve, utilizes her imagination, articulates her ideas and deals with feelings. Social skill development is vital to the early childhood years. Children have an opportunity to practice generosity, fairness, tolerance and understanding of others.
Our doors are always open for parents to participate in their daughter's early classroom experiences. Parents are welcome to come to school and share a special interest, lead the girls in a craft, be a guest reader or take part in a variety of other activities in the Early Childhood Center. 

Explorations in STEAM

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as resources for guiding inquiry and critical thinking. Our teachers lead our students in experiential, hands-on, collaborative projects in dedicated spaces on campus.

  • Pre-K science is designed to facilitate the learning of key concepts in science but also allows for observation and exploration of materials in the classroom as well as in the outdoor environment.
  • Whether building with Magnatiles, exploring conductivity with squishy circuits or launching paper rockets into the sky, our Pre-K students are encouraged to imagine, to wonder and to take appropriate risks in the DREAM Lab®. 
  • Pre-Kindergarten is a fundamental year of skill building when students are introduced to and explore basic concepts and building blocks in visual arts. Students will practice several techniques and engage in various projects such as ocean scene collages, symmetrical inkblot butterflies, fraction cookie collages to bring math and art together and so much more.
  • Math is taught from a hands-on, active approach using manipulatives. The girls will learn to analyze data through interpreting and representing data in a graph and they will begin to learn measurement through the use of non-standard forms of measurement.

Reading and Writing

Pre-Kindergarten girls are introduced to language arts through a multimodal approach of auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic learning. Differentiated instruction and small group work help each girl to be successful.

  • Taking a phonemic approach to language arts, students are familiarized to letter names and sounds.
  • Through various activities the girls are immersed in learning each of the letters and develop a strong foundation for further reading and writing skills.
  • Through read alouds, the girls are taught about retelling stories, making predictions and comprehension.
  • The girls are encouraged to write using uppercase and lowercase letters. They write in their journal through pictures, dictation and inventive spelling.

The World Around Her

Baldwin’s five core values of honesty, learning, responsibility, respect and compassion play a vital role in how we teach our girls – beginning in Pre-K – to be a good citizen of Baldwin, of our country and of the world that awaits them.

  • The Pre-K year starts off with “How to Make a Friend.” The girls are learning to be part of the Baldwin community, a good citizen in the classroom and respectful of adults and peers.
  • The girls learn to be responsible for their actions and for themselves and are encouraged to develop their self-help skills through dressing for swimming class, cleaning up after themselves and following the morning arrival routine.
  • Young students are at an ideal age to learn a foreign language and to develop an appreciation for multiple cultures. Through their Mandarin program, girls are taught via activities such as songs, games and puppet shows.
  • Students learn at a young age the importance of giving back and advancing worthy causes. Pre-K girls participate in the annual Lower School campaign “Educate a Girl” by helping raise awareness that girls all around the world need access to a quality education.

Social and Emotional Growth

Research shows that early social-emotional skill development is key to future success.
Social-emotional learning teaches girls to manage their emotions, to have empathy for others, to mindfully solve problems, to make responsible decisions and to maintain healthy relationships.

  • Compassion is taught through an understanding of our background and ourselves. Each girl is given a week to share about their family and themselves. We learn basic geographic skills through sharing about our room, our home and our classroom. We learn about holidays that are celebrated in our classroom.
  • The girls have weekly lessons with our school psychologist exploring topics like feelings, conflict resolution and emotions.
  • Through our music program, girls are taught group socialization, singing and listening skills. Girls also explore music as it relates to the different seasons and explore music in different cultures.
  • Body movement is an important aspect of developing confidence and resiliency. Through their physical education program, girls participate in activities that include the introduction of basic movement concepts, motor skills, cooperative games and creative problem solving.