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Our early childhood programs help each child build a confident sense of self as a unique and capable person in the world and foster caring and respectful interactions within the classroom community. Our Beginners and Nursery programs nurture intellectual curiosity, collaboration, and creative expression, and our children become active and joyful learners who are eager to make sense of the world around them.
Our Beginners program offers a gentle start for children two, turning three years of age. Being part of a school with a unique focus on early childhood and elementary school education offers the advantage of providing the children with wider resources, including music, library, and physical education, which form a regular part of our program. Outdoor play and exploration of our wooded campus are part of the daily routine. Our teachers provide a warm and caring environment for these youngest learners, fostering respectful social interactions within the classroom community in a manner consistent with developmental norms and expectations.
In a warm and engaging learning environment arranged in activity centers and equipped with a rich abundance of materials, Nursery children build, dress-up, play games, paint, cook, listen to stories, garden, make puppets, construct, sing, put together puzzles, and draw pictures together. Thematic studies provide a platform for experiential learning through which children become innovative thinkers and creative problem-solvers. The promotion of children’s social and emotional development is foundational to the Nursery program. As children explore, pretend, create, discover, and reflect together throughout the school day, supported by modeling and coaching from teachers, they learn to play cooperatively, negotiate, compromise, and develop self-regulation and resilience.
Our early childhood teachers work with each child’s distinct social, intellectual, creative, and physical development to inspire a sense of curiosity and wonder and build confidence as a learner.
- Foundation for Learning—Children are curious and observant of the world around them. They want to learn certain things that their family members can do. Our teachers provide children with games and activities to help them acquire the necessary skills.
- Skill Development—Children will develop academic and social skills, which will help them become confident adults. They will learn to explore, communicate with their friends, and do things for themselves, providing them with the foundation for a fulfilling future.
- Joyful, Safe Environment—Our structured settings are an excellent way for your children to learn how to follow instructions, take turns, take risks, and share the teacher’s attention, helping them grow, thrive, and develop a lifelong love of learning.