A Week in the Life of a TEA Pre-K Student

It's hard work being a Pre-K kiddo at TEA

You’re always on the move meeting with real-world experts and going on amazing adventures. Granted there is an optional nap period each day, but somehow you manage to fit it all in. Here is a quick recap of a super busy, but super fun “typical” week at our Pre-K Program.

Monday: You hike through the beautiful fall foliage of Martis Creek Valley and check out Waddle Lake.

Tuesday: Harry the Magician mesmerizes you with his magic, puppet show, and balloon making. You also get to build an amazing Ghost Castle for your art class.

Wednesday: You hike around campus while decorating it with some of the handcrafted messages you made to spread positive vibes around campus including: You Are Unique, You Are Enough, Have a Great Day, and Let’s Be Friends.

Thursday: You visit the Truckee Library, where you listen to spooky stories and crafted creepy spiders because it’s the Fall and Halloween is coming soon!

Friday: SHOWTIME! You get to watch an amazing performance by Emi Sunshine and the Rain at the Truckee High School Performing Art Center. Emi Sunshine is a  songwriter who self-produces all of her music (live and in the studio). She’s performed on The Today Show and at The Grand Ole Opry, and she was only 14! You bounce around in your seats with excitement to songs like “I’m Able” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” After the performance, you get to ask Emily about her unique career. She also talkes about being kind, being yourself and not giving in to peer pressure. What an incredible way to end the week.

pre-k students attending art class outside

The Ghost Castle Pre-K art class project.

pre-k student holding a sign that reads have a great day

Spreading positive vibes all around campus!

pre-k students sitting and studying outside

TEA Pre-K Field Classroom

pre-k students eating lunch

TEA Pre-K Field Cafeteria

pre-k students at the truckee library

Off to the Truckee Library!

And while the students are interacting with real-world experts and exploring the natural world around us, they still find time for "traditional" school learning.

During the week your math lessons revolved around our calendar (learning the months and days of the week) while you record the weather each day. You also count falling leaves and sort pumpkin seeds into groups of five. In reading/writing, you play a guessing game with “B” and “C” words while you practice forming letters and adding more to your journals.

So what’s the next week look like? Well, more of the same! You’re going to explore our community while visiting the Donner History Museum. Then you will head to our local radio station to learn the importance of broadcasting local events to inform our community.

And after that, it’s a trip to meet our local postal workers at the Truckee Post Office as part of your community discovery.

At our Pre-K program, we integrate amazing adventures with a more traditional academic environment. We believe experiences like these cultivate deeper learning. But none of this would be possible without our amazing Pre-K teachers. If you think it’s hard work being Pre-K student…you should see the teachers schedules!

And maybe there will be enough time for a quick nap under the trees...

A Pre-K student sleeping on a cot