In pre-kindergarten at Advent, we are preparing your child for tomorrow and years to come.  We focus on the child as a whole:  socially, emotionally, and academically.  Advent believes in giving children the opportunity to express themselves through play, classroom discussions and the many opportunities they have in art and music.  Within the classroom, pre-kindergarten students will use numerous resources to enhance their learning.  Handwriting without Tears is a program we use to teach handwriting while helping with fine motor skills.  Our math program focuses on numerous skills: sorting, patterns, numbers, the calendar, time, measurement, money, addition and subtraction, shapes and problem solving.  In addition, we teach science and social studies through our weekly readers, “Let’s Find Out.” We approach reading on an individual basis.  The pre-kindergarten teachers recognize every child learns differently and at a different pace.
Your child will not only have learning experiences in the classroom, but also through field trips.  We attend Children’s Theatre several times throughout the year, visit an area fire station, the pumpkin patch, and McWane Center.  There are also special field trips at Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.

Advent believes in giving our students the opportunities to learn and express themselves through the arts.  Pre-Kindergarten students visit the Explorium every week to check out books, have French and Music twice a week, take Keyboarding without Tears, and have Art class once a week.  We also attend chapel every week.

At Advent, it is our goal to help every child succeed! As we say, “Start Here…Go Anywhere!”

A Typical Day

A typical day in Pre-Kindergarten starts with our morning meeting. This includes the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer. We discuss the calendar, schedule and our helpers for the day. 
During our morning meeting we also discuss our “Letter of the Week”.
After we gather as a class, we warm up our brains with Neuronet. Neuronet is a program designed to help students improve coordination of motor and cognitive skills. Neuronet is done by watching and talking along with exercises which are projected on our white board. 
After Neuronet, the children are given time for free play in the classroom. This is one of their favorite parts of the day!
30 minutes of playground time is also a very enjoyable time for the children throughout the day!
During our academic day the children go to “special classes” which, depending on the day, include French, music, art, library and keyboarding. 
After our special classes, we use the remainder of our school day to cover our academic subjects such as math, phonics, handwriting and reading skills. 

Pre-K Field Trips

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  • Fire Station One Tour

    PreK visits the local fire department during Fire Prevention Week. This trip reinforces our lessons while we study and talk about community helpers.
  • Old Baker Farm

    During our study of the season of autumn, we learn about the color of leaves changing and the life cycle of a pumpkin. We go to a local pumpkin patch so that the students can experience the atmosphere of a farm. They enjoy a short hike, hayride, farm animals, and storyelling. They have get to pick out their own pumpkin to take home! It's an awesome opportunity for the student to share their knowledge of the pumpkin life cycle to the staff.
  • Breakfast with Santa

    This field trip is both a special treat and a valuable learning experience. The students have breakfast in fine dining using the manners and social skills we teach eacy day at school. A special visit from Santa Claus doesn't hurt either!
  • McWane Science Center

    This field trip allows students to explore, identify, and use all of their senses. A special section has been built at the McWane Center for young pre-schoolers, Itty Bitty Magic City. This section allows children to experience "living" in the city.
  • Children's Theatre

    Both Pre K and Kindergarten students attend three perforamnces thoughout the year. They attend the Wee Folks series designed for young children.
  • Pump It Up

    This field trip is to celebrate our year together and serves as our "end of year" party. This venue allows for all Pre K students to play hard with one another, eat, and say goodbye to their school friends before the summer begins.
Founded in 1950 and located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Advent Episcopal School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th.