Language and literacy development focus on children’s growing abilities to use oral and written language to convey feelings and desires, interact with others, ask questions, contemplate the world around them, represent what they know, and talk about imaginary situations. Children develop oral language, listening skills, vocabulary, letter recognition, rhymes, phonics, reading readiness, writing skills, and a positive attitude about reading. Early and emergent writers and readers use a variety of means to communicate such as conventional signs and symbols (scribbles, mock letters, letters), visual art forms (painting and drawing) and other materials, such as blocks, clay and collage.
Mathematics focuses on children’s emerging abilities to coordinate thinking processes and mental frameworks around mathematical concepts and problem solving. Through active participation in a variety of experiences, children begin to develop an awareness of numbers and operations, geometry and spatial sense, patterns and relationships, and measurement.
Children begin to learn about themselves and others in relation to the world around them. They learn about different family structures, cultures, their immediate school community and the community at large. By doing this, they develop a sense of place and are able to question and explore how they can contribute to the life of the community around them.
Science and nature education provide open-ended experiences that expose children to the possibilities that exist within the physical and natural world. By participating in these experiences, children practice observing, investigating, predicting, questioning, hypothesizing, and solving problems. As they explore, children begin to deepen their understanding of the characteristics of living things, the physical properties of objects and materials, and properties of our earth. Nature education provides children with a foundation for a life-long relationship between themselves, the earth and its natural resources. Learn more about our outdoor education program.
Technology & Innovation
Experiences in technology and innovation are intentionally integrated throughout our preschool program. The children explore our innovation spaces and are guided by faculty members who specialize in technology at Roland Park Country School. These interactions provide effective, engaging, and appropriate ways for our youngest minds to be their most creative selves. We encourage this creativity through collaborative problem solving, early engineering and programming concepts, robotics, and digital art.
Children are exposed to a broad variety of media, which helps build fine motor control, cognitive skills and creativity. With the help of dedicated art teachers, they explore painting, cutting, stamping, clay building, stitching, beading, collage, and more in our art studio.
Music offers children the opportunity to express themselves melodically and rhythmically. Children respond to a variety of songs, finger plays and instruments as they discover different ways to use their voices and bodies. Students improve auditory discrimination and auditory memory, verbal expression and motor skills. They learn about beat, rhythm, tempo and melody from teachers who specialize in music education.
Through dance, children explore a variety of movement which facilitates creative self expression and builds gross motor strength. They practice simple Yoga movements and locomotor skills such as skipping, leaping and pencil rolls. They also have the opportunity to learn the basics of ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop from expert dancers in our dance studio.