With a strong Montessori influence, Adam J. Lewis Academy draws on the best practices in early childhood education to provide a rich hybrid curriculum. Our program empowers children to master the skills necessary for future success, while also emphasizing the process and the joy of learning.
Our classrooms are divided into areas of learning, where children learn and grow with a variety of stimulating materials. Overlap exists among all content areas, as no skill is acquired in isolation. Rather, education at AJLA is a dynamic interaction.
Language & Literacy
- Language, in all its forms, is an essential part of our program.
- A combination of various programs and techniques are used to teach letters and reading
- AJLA also fosters a love of reading by exposing children to all types of literature.
- Vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills are developed in both large and small group activities.
- Raising a Reader bags with 4 books are sent home weekly.
Math, Numeracy & Logic
- AJLA uses Bridges Math Curriculum for Kindergarten + 1st grade.
- Children learn about math by working with concrete materials that they can touch and manipulate.
- Large blocks develop spatial awareness, smaller colored blocks invite patterning, and beads encourage sorting and matching.
- Significant time is allotted each day for children to experiment with varied math materials.
Music, Art & Science
- Twice weekly music lessons are provided by Suzuki Music School.
- Children engage in song, dance, and movement daily.
- Students PreK4-1st grade have an art class once a week.
- Everyday children express themselves creatively as well as strengthen fine motor skills with open-ended activities such as painting with a brush, writing/drawing with a pencil, doing puzzles, stringing beads and cutting with scissors.
- Students participate in a robust science curriculum where they learn about nature through observation, classification, prediction, and exploration.
Social & Emotional Development
- All classes use the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence RULER program to cultivate social-emotional skills.
- Children use the “Mood Meter” each morning, and are actively encouraged to identify and express their emotions throughout the day.
- PreK4 and Kindergarten also use Second Step Social-Emotional Learning curriculum, created by Committee for Children, to develop a sense of safety and respect grounded in the social-emotional health and well-being of the entire school community.
- During all activities, kindness and respect are modeled by teachers and are the expected standards for students.
- Teachers discuss and encourage self-control and conflict resolution.
- Significant time is devoted to fostering empathy and compassion for others.
- Physical Education classes are offered twice a week to all classes.
- As children learn through the movement of their bodies, strong emphasis is placed on the development of gross motor skills as well as cooperation and working as a team.
- Children develop large and small muscle control to accomplish coordinated tasks.
- AJLA’s large outdoor playground provides opportunities to run, climb, jump, balance, and explore—as well as to problem-solve and cooperate with peers.