Early Childhood Education
Grace offers a research-based Early Childhood Program for children in Preschool through Grade 1 that emphasizes play-based learning. Play-based learning supports the learning domains: social and emotional (social behaviors, self-awareness), cognitive (language, literacy, communication, math, science), physical (gross and fine motor), artistic (creative and musical), and spiritual. Children choose from materials and activities that promote growth and development within these domains.
Grace uses emergent curriculum in Preschool and Prekindergarten. Our teachers are astute listeners to what children say, and we discover what they already know, what they are interested in learning, and how they understand the world around them. This helps identify skills and guide instruction that we tailor to meet each child’s needs. All of our early childhood classes have specialist teachers in music, science, library/storytelling, and physical education/health. Starting in Prekindergarten, our reading specialist works with the children on pre-reading and reading skills including listening, predicting, character motivation, and story sequencing. The children are exposed to letters, sounds, and beginning writing activities within a developmentally appropriate framework. Our math specialist also works with the Prekindergarten children on beginning mathematical skills and is a support to the classroom teachers.
A full week of Preschool and Prekindergarten activities includes outdoor time, dramatic play, blocks, creative arts, physical education, music, library, science, and chapel.
Kindergarten provides a supportive bridge between Prekindergarten and Grade 1. It continues the foundation for learning and development established in Prekindergarten. We balance play and structured time, giving children many opportunities to explore materials in the classroom.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students enjoy a balanced approach to reading through phonics, sight vocabulary, and leveled reading materials. Their reading is connected to the writing process through Writer’s Workshop. They begin to learn math skills using the Math in Focus: Singapore Math curriculum. Children also receive instruction in science, PE, music, outdoor play, and creative arts. From Kindergarten forward, children receive instruction in Spanish, health, and technology,
Please come visit us to see for yourself how every child at Grace is known, nurtured, challenged, and loved.
Pam Yarrington, Director of Early Childhood Education