The Principal curriculum at Bentonville Preparatory is designed to encourage four to five year olds to be imaginative, energetic, inquiry-based learners who explore the classroom environment with curiosity and purpose. Principal students are eager to learn, and school activities are designed to involve and engage these young students with interesting lessons and materials. Experienced and well qualified teachers plan thematic units in math, literacy, science, social studies, art, music, and movement to thoroughly prepare children for a smooth transition to kindergarten with a rich, robust learning foundation.
Students make independent choices in a child-centered learning environment, following well-established structures and routines to guide them. Opportunities for hands-on learning are presented daily, allowing students to grow through play and real-world experiences. Daily activities are scheduled in both whole group and small group formats to promote socialization and community building. Students engage in conversations with teachers and classmates daily, learning to take turns, listen, and share.
Print-rich classrooms enable students to be immersed in literacy acquisition, developing letter and word recognition. Throughout the day, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are nurtured in a warm, caring, safe environment, providing students with the early skills to become lifelong learners.
Test prep activities are embedded in the curriculum to prepare our kindergarten-bound students to take exams for admissions and placement in public and private school kindergarten programs. We attempt to give our students an advantage through practice, exposure, and familiarity with test taking skills and formatting.