Curriculum

 “Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”
— Dr. Maria Montessori

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.

Montessori

Project-Based

Reggio Emilia

Piaget

Pre Kindergarten Class of 2018-2019
Pre Kindergarten Class of 2018-2019

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.

Kindergarten Class of 2018-2019
Kindergarten Class of 2018-2019

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
  • 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 for PreK-K students with emphasis on song, dance, and movement
  • K-4th graders participate in chorus
  • Grades 1-4 learn to play the violin
  • Students have an art class once a week.
  • All grades participate in a robust science curriculum where they learn 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 Development

  • 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.