Our Early Kindergarten is open for any PK eligible student who is at least 4 by September 1. Early Kindergarten meets five days a week, though you can choose morning, half or full days. Our EK program offers the same curriculum as our PK classes, but since all students are there every day of the week, the class is able to dig deeper and go further into the curriculum. EK is a great choice for full time kindergarten preparation.
- Language & Reading Readiness Development
We focus on letter recognition and sounds through our reading and writing curriculum. We have many language opportunities, such as story dictations, reading centers, writing centers, journaling, and letter related games and activities. We focus on putting sounds together to form words, creating blends, reading site words, and eventually begin reading.
- Cognitive Development
We encourage the exploration of the physical properties of materials, use daily calendar activities to teach about sequence of events, patterns, and routines, and support the learning of cognitive skills such as counting, making predictions, testing, and drawing conclusions. We focus on one to one correspondence, making mathematical connections, simple addition and subtraction, and more and less than.
- Social Development
We model social concepts such as "please" and "thank you," have daily classroom conversations and community-building discussions, explore similarities and differences between children, and encourage cooperation with other children. Children learn how to function in a more traditional classroom setting, as they prepare for kindergarten.
- Physical Development
We use lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills, strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities, and offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals. We practice our writing skills through our reading and writing curriculum.
- Spiritual & Character Development
We study God’s word through stories, songs, and prayers. We learn the biblical way to interact with others. We learn that Jesus died for our sins. We focus on developing character by being kind, loving, gentle, forgiving, helpful, honest, and first time joyful obedience.
- Work Habits
We support the application of knowledge in new ways. We encourage curiosity and choice, provide children the opportunity to problem-solve, demonstrate flexibility (in thinking), and use daily routines to promote memory.
- Nurturing Creativity
We encourage children to express themselves through creative arts and provide daily opportunities for children to paint, move, and sing, tell stories with puppets, and build and play in dramatic scenes.
Children will expand their use of iPads with applications that focus on developing skills, such as letter formation, letter sounds, counting, patterns, problem solving, and eventually reading.