Preschool: Age 3 – Kindergarten
In our preschool, children begin to build foundations through active involvement with a variety of manipulative and early learning materials. We believe children learn best through enriched free play and teacher designed and guided projects that help them develop skills and acquire knowledge.
We encourage a joy of learning, creativity, initiative, and a sense of responsibility. Our goal is for children to develop inner controls, healthy self-esteem, and a love for learning. Art, reading, writing, social studies, music, math, and science are included in the curriculum in ways that encourage each child’s active participation.
Children in the preschool begin to explore our Mt. Vernon neighborhood with walks to Mt. Vernon Square for a picnic lunch or special activities, examining the fountains, statues, and architecture, and looking for signs of the seasons.
Kindergarten children walk weekly to the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center for athletics and dance, and to the central Enoch Pratt Library where they enjoy a story hour or simply browse through the Library’s extensive young people’s collection. The program for preschool children at The Wilkes School is greatly enhanced by its connection to the special events and programs of our elementary school and by the interaction of our older students with our younger children as role models and friends.