Learning is organized around weekly themes. Concepts and skills are integrated into the thematic unit.
Activities in the classroom alternate between active/quiet and child/teacher directed. The activities incorporate the following: circle time discussions, fingerplays, music, cooking, art, and large and fine motor. Many of the activities used promote readiness skills needed in math and language arts.
Developmentally appropriate methods are used to teach math, writing, and the alphabet along with many other skills that will prepare our four-year-olds for kindergarten. Phonics is incorporated in all of our four-year -old classes and with more emphasis in our five-day four-year-old class.
Centers provide a way for children to be actively involved in learning and making choices. A variety of activities are offered on a rotating basis.
Children learn by what they can see, touch, and do. Many types of building blocks are found in the classrooms – wooden, plastic, cardboard bricks, and block boards all contribute to mathematical concepts such as shapes, different sizes, and counting
Our student library emphasizes our dedication to the development of literacy areas—speaking, listening, and storytelling. The privilege of checking out books and returning them on a weekly basis fosters the love of reading, and teaches responsibility in borrowing and caring for books.
Teachers encourage children to develop their creativity by exploring different art mediums. There are free art times as well as teacher-directed seasonal arts and craft projects.
Chapel services are held once a month with the rector of St. Christopher’s. The children sing songs and hear an age-appropriate chapel story. The music teacher directs the children in songs during chapel time.
A degreed music teacher conducts music classes Tuesday through Friday for all ages. The children give a Christmas and an end-of-the-year music program, and all parents are invited.
Physical development is included through using large muscles during a daily recess time held on our beautiful, large, wooded playground or during inclement weather in our “big room” with equipment to encourage large motor development. Parachute play, games, and rhythmic activities throughout the curriculum also encourage large muscle development, coordination, and social skills.
Field Trips and On-Site Fun
Our entire student body gets to enjoy our numerous especial presentations at school, such as the puppet shows, reading events, storytelling, nature center visits, folk dancers and community helpers. The three and four-year-old students may have opportunities for an off-site field trip.
Each classroom teacher develops a daily schedule based on the following activities. The schedule is followed consistently to provide security and consistency to the children. On Orientation night the teacher will give you the specific schedule for your child’s class. Following is a sample schedule:
- 9:30 – 9:45 Greetings/Free Choice Centers
- 9:50 – 10:05 Circle Time Weather, Calendar, Social Studies
- 10:10 – 10:30 Music (2 days)/Cooking/Science
- 10:35 – 11:00 Snack Socializing, Manners, Nutrition
- 11:05 – 11:30 Playground/ Big Room Large Muscle, Cooperative Play
- 11:35 – 11:55 Concepts/Storytime Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Letters
- 12:00 – 12:25 Library/Art Reading/Creativity, Imagination
- 2 ½ year olds: 1 teacher and 1 teaching assistant per 10 students
- 3 and 4 year olds: 1 teacher and 1 teaching assistant per 10, 12 or 14 students