At All Saints, early childhood learning is a time for exploration and discovery. Venturing out from the safety of one’s family for the first time, our three-year-olds and four-year-olds are nurtured by caring, compassionate educators who are trained in appropriate practice for early childhood education.
Our half day Nursery (three-year-olds) and Pre-Kindergarten (four-year-olds) programs are designed to develop the child’s social/emotional skills and lay the foundation for academic learning. These programs provide a rich and nurturing environment in which children can learn and grow through play and carefully designed activities.
In the early years, the centers-based curriculum revolves around play and utilizes an environment in which the children are most familiar. Play is the basis for discovery, reasoning, thinking and the development of important social skills. Caring and knowledgeable teachers facilitate the children’s play and are ready to offer a timely challenge, a sympathetic ear, or, if need be, opportunities for responsible decision making.
When children are given the freedom to experiment, to make mistakes, and then to learn from those mistakes, they are developing skills that will foster a lifetime of authentic and productive learning. When children play, they plan, create a focus, and strive for a goal. These behaviors are essential life and work skills. Working with blocks, sand or paint lays the foundation to develop important problem-solving, reading, math and science skills.
At All Saints we use the Creative Curriculum for Preschool as the basis for our early childhood learning. The Creative Curriculum is based on the belief that early childhood learning is best lived out in small, well-defined centers where children can work at their own pace and discover things in their unique way. A variety of learning centers and associated opportunities can be found in our Nursery and Pre-K classrooms.
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