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Early Childhood Program


What makes our Early Childhood program at ECS unique?

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ECS Early Childhood Program utilizes a theme-based curriculum, structured so each class is a building block for the next educational level. Different methods of assessments are conducted throughout the year and standards are reviewed during parent-teacher conferences. Our faculty works in collaborative teams to develop curriculum maps using the online program Atlas. With Atlas, teachers map their plans for the year, giving careful attention to concepts, activities, and assessments that foster student progress.

Little Eagles

Little Eagles (age two by March 1) thrive when they are in a loving and supportive environment that affirms each child's worth by honoring the reality that each child is created in the image of God. Children are encouraged to explore and discover under the careful supervision and direction of teachers who encourage and cherish their accomplishments.

The curriculum for Little Eagles is based on the unique daily experience and includes child-initiated and teacher-directed play and exploration. Monthly themes are used to carefully introduce God, the Bible, language skills, sensory awareness, science, math, self-help, creativity, and literature.

Pre-Kindergarten

The Pre- Kindergarteners are ready to expand their horizons and begin achieving all that God has planned for them! They desire to seek out information, explore new territory, and make sense of our world. Through child-centered classrooms, teachers encourage children to learn, explore interests, and marvel in creativity. Because teachers respect children and their work, children's self-images are bolstered. 

Classroom activities follow our theme-based curriculum with an emphasis on God, the Bible, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, creative development and technology, writing, and pre-reading skills. Classrooms are arranged in learning centers, and activities are teacher-directed but allow flexibility for children to independently explore areas of interest. This unique environment will help children develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically, while also enhancing their self-confidence preparing them for Junior Kindergarten and the world.

Junior Kindergarten

The Junior Kindergarten program includes a more in-depth study of the Bible, emergent reading and language arts/phonics, emergent math, science, and social studies. Nothing prepares your child for success in Senior Kindergarten like a strong Junior Kindergarten experience where academics and social development are paired with physical well-being and creative expression. 

Students are guided and instructed using a balance of group activities, individual attention, and a strong emphasis on reading, science, and math. Teachers use multiple forms of ongoing assessment to evaluate students' performance and development in different learning domains and share progress with parents throughout the year. The ultimate goal is for students to experience the joy of learning, loving, and living together to the glory of the One who made them.

Senior Kindergarten

The Senior Kindergarten program continues to cultivate skills in the study of the Bible, reading and language arts/phonics, math, science, and social studies. Nothing prepares your child for success in elementary school like a strong Senior Kindergarten experience where academics and social development are paired with physical well-being and creative expression. 

Students are guided and instructed using a balance of group activities, individual attention, and a strong emphasis on reading, science, and math. The children's natural curiosity serves as a springboard for learning. Teachers use multiple forms of ongoing assessment to evaluate students' performance and development in different learning domains and share progress with parents throughout the year. The ultimate goal is for students to experience the joy of learning, loving, and living together to the glory of the One who made them.


Overall Early Childhood Program Highlights…

  • Each Little Eagles, PK, JK and SK classroom has a full time teacher and an assistant.
  • Hands-on learning activities in each subject area
  • Weekly classes in STEM, Spanish, Music, Library, PE, and Art (LE, PK, JK, and SK)
  • Interactive whiteboards, Apple TV's, and computers in each classroom and iPads to incorporate technology into daily lessons
  • Before and After School Care program
  • Quarterly after school enrichment opportunities for JK and SK students
  • Service is incorporated throughout the year and is specific to each grade level.
  • Hot lunch program
  • Uniforms
  • Sports opportunities for all Early Childhood students

 

LITTLE EAGLES


  • Little Eagles students should be 2 years old by March 1.
  • School Day Options: 5 full days, 5 half days (8:15-12:30 pm), 3 full days (T, W, TH), 3 half days (T,W,TH 8:15-12:30pm)
  • Target class size of 15
  • Developmentally appropriate program that includes a foundational introduction to phonics, math, and pre-writing skills; coupled with gross and fine motor activities for optimal learning and development.
  • Special programs, themed activities, and more make for exciting days of fun in LE!

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

  • PreK students should be 3 years old by June 1.
  • School Day Options: 5 full days, 5 half days (8:15-12:30 pm), 3 full days (T, W, TH), 3 half days (T,W,TH 8:15-12:30pm)
  • Target class size of 15
  • Developmentally appropriate program that includes a foundational introduction to phonics, math, and pre-writing skills; coupled with gross and fine motor activities for optimal learning and development.
  • Special programs, themed activities, and more make for exciting days of fun in PreK!

JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

  • JK students should be 4 years old by June 1.
  • School Day Options: 5 full days (8:15 - 3:15) or 3 full days (T, W, TH)
  • Target class size of 16
  • Full academic curriculum with opportunities for enrichment
  • Pre-reading phonics focus through our Benchmark Phonics program, the development of math skills through the use of Growing With Mathematics program coupled with interactive manipulatives, and themed units for Science and Social Studies
  • Special programs, themed activities, field trips and more make for wonderful days of fun in JK!

SENIOR KINDERGARTEN

  • SK students should be 5 years old by June 1.
  • School Day Options: 5 full days (8:15- 3:15), 5 half days (8:15-12:30)
  • Target class size of 18
  • Continued development of reading skills using the Benchmark Phonics curriculum, further development of math skills through the use of My Math program coupled with interactive manipulatives, and thematic Science and Social Studies units
  • Fifth grade friends, special programs, field trips, and more make our SK classes soar!