In the early years of education, young children love to explore, discover, and learn new things. Our academic program for preschool (grades Pre-K– Kinder 5) taps into this natural inquisitiveness with courses and activities that truly engage young minds and reinforce key concepts in meaningful ways.
Since this age group typically needs more direct, focused guidance, we bring teachers and parents together in close collaboration to ensure each student’s success.
PRE K PROGRAM (Pre-K, Kinder 4, Kinder5)
Maximum Class Capacity: 7 Students
The Pre-Kindergarten class schedule is short and focused. Classes are provided in the morning hours, based on EST. For each grade in Preschool, the Anima Mundi online curriculum includes:
Welcome and Sun Salutation: Welcoming the day with a positive message. A constructive welcome followed by a daily virtue, a bit of yoga, and a positive meditation. We encourage children to appreciate every day and its gifts, as well as to develop the emotional intelligence to face any obstacles and challenges throughout the day. These qualities–both in meditation and in daily life–strengthen inner character and develop spiritual awakening.
Green Art: Creating sustainable art that upcycles, recycles, and reuses existing elements. Art is the language of the soul. When we create art, we are able to touch beauty. Our students create sustainable art in a mindful setting where they learn to upcycle, recycle, and reuse existing elements to give birth to new beauty. Students interact with non-toxic, nature-sourced materials and tools that won’t harm them and that are in rhythm with nature.
Earth Discovery: Exploring our blue planet and all its wonders. We stimulate young minds to learn about life cycles, animals, plants, living and non-living things, matter, and the essence of it all.
Culinary Medicine: Mastering the culinary skills that heal yourself and the planet. Following Hippocrates’ teaching, the kitchen is our medicine cabinet and we empower students to create their own healing medicine. Our students learn to prepare, cook, eat, and compost organic whole foods taking care of themselves and their environment.
Natural Sculpture: Assembling anything with the unlimited power of imagination. Through the molding of shapes, children’s creativity sparks and sprouts new concepts. Their fine motor skills, art ability, and art expression improves and evolves.
Reading for Wisdom: Empowering the habit of reading as a fundamental foundation of knowledge. This class focuses on gaining English literacy through empowering readings that fuel children’s curiosity, analysis, debate, and insight to seek answers to their questions.
Daily Gratitude: Acknowledging everything we have! This is a short gratitude that creates the habit of remembering the gifts possessed and those received, as well as the wisdom learned during the day.
Teachers, Parents, and Students Working Together
In Pre-school and Lower School, from day one, highly qualified professionals with specific expertise in the younger grades are assigned to the students. They oversee all facets of the instructional experience for every subject, while you, as the parent, work side-by-side with your child to facilitate his or her progress through the daily lessons.
Every online course provides you with suggested lesson plans for the week, which update automatically as your student completes them. You can vary these plans to accommodate your child’s pace or abilities; our online scheduling and management tools make it easy to move things around.
For instance, some students do better when they can concentrate on a particular subject for longer hours per day, but fewer days per week. Other parents use their children’s favorite subject as a reward, to give them a periodic break from tougher subjects. Or you may take a day off or modify the schedule to accommodate your child’s outside pursuits.
On average in Preschool, you can expect to spend 3-4 hours per day supporting your child’s education, which most parents believe is “just right.” But you’re never alone. Throughout the week, your teacher stays in close contact with you and your student, communicating regularly by e-mail, over the phone, and in one-to-one, real-time meetings that take place online. He or she remains constantly involved in your child’s learning—monitoring progress, ensuring mastery, and developing specific intervention plans if needed.