At The Preschool, we believe in nurturing the whole child.

From the very first day of school, we teach preliminary lessons about empathy, sharing, curiosity, and cooperation to equip your children well as they move beyond our doors into the wider world. Over the years, we have designed a time-tested, research-based curriculum that is uniquely ours, and we continue to draw from other disciplines and new research to ensure our curriculum is always improving.

As children blossom into toddlers and beyond, the scope of our program expands to provide age-appropriate activities for every child. Through the use of a combination of carefully selected teaching methods and tools, children develop a sense of self by learning to share and relate to others. Creativity and critical thinking are at the foundation of all of the activities in which our students participate. Everything children do while they are here is a carefully planned learning experience:

  • In Music, singing, moving, dancing, and listening cultivate not only attention span and creativity, but also coordination and gross motor skills.
  • Through Art, children hone fine motor, critical thinking, creativity, and visual expression skills.
  • Through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), we prepare children for everyday life outside of school by teaching them to explore, observe, question, and predict.
  • In our Idea Lab, students have access to a multitude of exploratory hands on materials. These range from a variety of blocks for building and pattern making to a light table where building becomes luminous. Clipboards and dry erase walls are available for mark making and storytelling.
  • Beginning in Threes, our weekly Friday morning Chapel gives children time to grow spiritually by learning that they belong and are loved, and by voicing their thanks to God.
  • Circle Time provides an opportunity to enhance listening skills, critical thinking, and the opportunity to follow directions through group activity.
  • Media and Story Time are where we nurture memory and imagination and help broaden a child’s young world.
  • Playground Time includes tricycle paths, swings, and climbing toys to encourage movement and gross motor skills in addition to the social experience.
  • Even Snack Time and Carpool are part of the learning experience as they foster independence, self-sufficiency, and the ability to follow directions.
  • Through Play, children have a multitude of whole body sensory experiences on a daily basis to develop strong bodies and minds.

Methods and Tools

The collective influence of the various elements of our instructional program introduces at the most foundational level the concepts that children will learn throughout their educational experiences. Here are some of the methods and tools that provide the basic framework and building blocks for our whole-child program:

Project Zero

Critical Thinking

Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education whose research projects have focused on the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, and other aspects of human learning. Many of our teachers have been trained at Harvard’s spring or summer Project Zero institutes and have developed ways to enhance creativity and critical thinking skills in their students.

Orton-Gillingham

Reading

The Orton-Gillingham method for reading is a language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, and flexible approach that teaches the basics of word formation. The Orton-Gillingham method utilizes the three teaching/learning styles with which people learn – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. All of our Pre-K and 5/6 teachers have been trained in this beneficial educational tool.

Workjobs

Fine Motor and Cognitive Development

Workjobs are handmade learning tasks in the form of manipulative activities built around a single concept. Children work with these concepts and ideas concretely by handling and manipulating familiar objects and thereby becoming actively involved in their learning experience. Beginning with toddlers and progressing through the 5/6 Class, all of our students experience this hands-on learning method.

Learning Centers

Classroom Design

Learning Centers form the basis of the classroom arrangement throughout our school. In centers such as housekeeping, blocks, reading, free art, post office, grocery store, and veterinary hospital, to name a few, small groups of children participate in role-playing, taking turns, pretending, creating, and many other imaginative activities.

Manipulative Toys

Strategic Classroom Tools

Manipulative toys and tools are chosen for age appropriateness. They build skills to help little fingers grow to accomplish more complicated tasks. These activities include clay, play dough, puzzles, Legos, sand, water play, and many more.