The CMS Pre-Kindergarten curriculum, Opening the World of Learning (O.W.L.), incorporates all domains of learning, including social-emotional, cognitive, language, communication and physical development. This comprehensive curriculum integrates language and literacy skills through rich content in social studies and science, favorite children’s books, non-fiction books, songs, and poems.
The language skills in the O.W.L curriculum include conversation (speaking and listening), vocabulary development, book and print awareness, phonemic awareness, letter identification and writing. Integrated mathematics skills include number sense, numeration, spatial sense, measurement, geometry, and patterns. Science and social studies and the arts are woven throughout the day.
The OWL curriculum provides the tools to implement six thematically organized units, Family, Friends, Wind and Water, the World of Color, Shadows and Reflections, and Things That Grow. The content of each unit is built around a carefully crafted, active daily routine. The O.W.L schedule includes a “Morning Meeting”, center time, story time, “Songs, Word Play and Letters,” small groups, and “Let’s Find Out About It.” Activities within these components are designed to encourage conversations, social skills and concept knowledge.
In addition to language, literacy and math skills, participation in Pre-Kindergarten fosters the development of the whole child.
The Creative Arts
Example of a Pre-K Schedule
Arrival, Morning Centers, Breakfast
Songs, Word Play and Letters
End of Day Centers
Let’s Find Out About It