EARLY CHILDHOOD

Establishing a Biblical Foundation & Awakening a Love for Learning

Little Eagles, Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten

 

Photo from ribbon cutting on Jan. 4, 2021 pictured left to right:
Trisha Taylor, ECS Kindergarten Teacher; Jenny Shorten, ECS Assistant Head of School & Academic Dean; Barry Yoakum, Principal, archimania architects; Ford Crites, ECS Early Childhood student; Tyson Lee, ECS Lower School Principal; Todd Steele, Architect, archimania architects; Braxton Brady, ECS Head of School; Luella Collazo, ECS Early Childhood student; Scott Hauss, Chair, ECS Board of Trustees; Brett Grinder, Managing Principal, Grinder, Taber & Grinder Contractors; Ashley Colley, ECS Director of Lower School Academics

ECS Dedicates New Early Childhood Wing at
Lower School Campus

 

GERMANTOWN, TENN. – Evangelical Christian School celebrated the new addition of a new Early Childhood wing built to accommodate increased interest in their preschool program with a small ribbon cutting ceremony on January 4, 2021, in time for second semester in-person classes to resume at the lower school campus at 1920 Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown.

This new Early Childhood wing includes eight additional classrooms for 120 students and shared space for both collaborative and one-on-one instruction for their two-, three- and four-year-old classes. This space also offers a new playground in the courtyard adjoining the existing building to the new wing that features the latest in kinetic learning play spaces for preschool ages. Read more...


We aim to lay a solid foundation during these formative years with a focus on whole child development. While providing a sound academic program, we also foster our students' spiritual, social and emotional growth to help them flourish in the years to come. With a dual focus on play-based and skill-based learning, we help children discover their natural, God-given uniqueness within a loving and nurturing environment.

 

 

Playing to Learn

Pre-Kindergarten Keys to Success

Molly Monroe PK
Mrs. Monroe’s Pre-Kindergartners can’t wait to see what they will play at school each day. Shhh! Don’t tell them that they’re learning a lot!

What appears to be playing at the housekeeping center is actually teaching these eager three- and four-year olds math skills as they use measuring cups and writing skills as they create grocery lists.

“It's a play-based atmosphere. We don’t have worksheets to showcase learning. It’s hands-on play,” says ECS pre-kindergarten teacher Molly Monroe. “Their brains are still developing at this age. When they play, the whole brain is engaged. They are realizing crucial connections. Their social, emotional abilities are strengthened through play.”

Research tells us that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops by age five. While a newborn baby is born with all of the brain cells (neurons) he or she will need throughout life, it is the connections between these cells that enable us to move, think, and communicate. With at least one million new neural connections (synapses) made every second, more than any other time in life, the early childhood years are crucial for brain development. 1

And play is the best curriculum. According to American Academy of Pediatrics experts, “Play is not frivolous: it enhances brain structure and function and promotes executive function, which allow us to pursue goals and ignore distractions.” 2

The Pre-Kindergarten program is serious about focusing on pre-writing, letter recognition, number recognition and number sense, which is how numbers and values are tied together, as well as shapes and colors. But the way Miss Monroe teaches these skills is always a lot of fun.

A favorite day is when the class hosts a pet show. Students bring their stuffed animals to school and present their furry friends to their classmates, taking great pride in sharing about their animals and showcasing their special tricks. Who knew a stuffed monkey can do a cartwheel? “They are so proud to share with their friends what their pets do,” Miss Monroe reflects. “It’s a great imaginative piece that teaches them public speaking skills at an early age.”

“I truly believe that children are so much more prepared for their entire academic career if they experience Pre-Kindergarten,” Miss Monroe said. “What they learn in Pre-Kindergarten sets them up well academically for the rest of their school career.”

And it sure is a lot of fun!
 
1 “Brain Development,”  www.firstthingsfirst.org
2 Yogman, Michael, Andrew Garner, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, 
 “The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children,” American Academy of Pediatrics News & Journals Gateway: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org
 

Look What I Can Do!

Students Learn These Valuable Skills in Pre-Kindergarten:

Start the Day Independently 
Take Care of Personal Needs
Simple Folding Tasks
Count to 20
Patterning
Follow Multi-Step Directions 
Identify Letters
Identify Shapes and Colors 
Weekly Journaling
Identify and Generating Rhymes
Fine and Gross Motor
Development 
Public Speaking and Sharing
Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking
Write First Name and 
Recognize Last Name
 Communicate Needs and Wants to Friends and Teachers