Early Childhood Education (Pre-School, Pre-K)

Program Overview

Children in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) program have the opportunity to learn by doing, allowing the students to become active participants in the learning process. Teachers foster creativity by providing hands-on and exploratory experiences to stimulate critical thinking. The program provides a predictable and secure environment where children can develop academically, socially, emotionally and physically. Students develop confidence, respect for others, and an excitement for learning.

The 3-Day Preschool Program

(Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

The Preschool program serves as an introduction to school and a foundation for increasing skills and knowledge in social and academic areas.

Language Arts

Preschoolers practice listening and speaking skills in a literature-rich environment, including listening and responding to stories both in the classroom and in the school library.

Mathematics

Students work on important, age-appropriate skills, including identifying shapes and sizes, categorizing and comparing, and practicing counting.

Science and Social Studies

Students learn about the world around them through themed science units, including hands-on experiments and classroom visits from community helpers. Lessons take place in the classroom and in the school garden.

Art

Art and music are both a big part of the curriculum, including a weekly music and movement class and a variety of formal and informal art projects throughout the year. Children are provided the opportunity to develop important fine and gross motor skills, while also expanding their creativity and self-expression.

The 5-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program

The Pre-Kindergarten program provides students with opportunities to build Kindergarten readiness sills through activities based on direct experience, guided practice and independent discovery. The program concentrates on developing the whole child, preparing them academically, socially, emotionally and physically.

Language Arts

Pre-Kindergarten students work on letter recognition and sounds through the Language Arts program, Imagine It!, which is also used in Kindergarten through Fifth grade, providing students with continuity as they move into elementary school. In addition, the students also use Handwriting Without Tears to build a strong foundation in letter and number formation. Throughout the day, children read and respond to stories, including a weekly trip to the school library for story time.

Mathematics

Students work on important, age-appropriate skills, including identifying shapes and sizes, categorizing and comparing, measuring, graphing and practicing counting. Critical thinking skills are emphasized.

Science and Social Studies

Students learn about the world around them through themed units, including hands-on experiments, classroom visits from community helpers and field trips. Lessons take place in the classroom and in the school garden.

Art and Music

Art and music are both a big part of the curriculum, including a weekly music and movement class and a variety of formal and informal art projects throughout the year. Children are provided the opportunity to develop important fine and gross motor skills, while also expanding their creativity and self-expression.

Physical Education

In addition to informal play on the playground, twice a week Pre-Kindergartners have PE, stressing developing the use and control of muscles, as well as good sportsmanship and cooperation.

While my grammar class is challenging, the ultimate goal is to produce students whose writing abilities will make them stand out among their peers in high school."

— Zach Varanini, Faculty, Middle School

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