Early Childhood

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Where instruction is most often grounded in the concept of play, and the ability to experience learning in a way that excites is commonplace. Where educational experiences take place in the classroom, on the playground and in the gardens, and building a strong foundation for growth is nurtured by dedicated teachers.

For enriching Early Childhood education at Episcopal Day School, we have created a family-oriented atmosphere in a safe and secure urban setting. With well-qualified, nurturing teachers, Early Childhood has 9 spacious, student-centered classrooms on the Hilton-Green campus, accommodating one-year-olds through Kindergarten.

  • Academics

    Using formulative data from benchmarks and assessments in Zone of Proximal Development, teachers challenge students to stretch their understanding and skill development. Enhancing literacy, listening and auditory discrimination skills, along with phonics, writing, self-expression, reading fluency and comprehension, our educators lay the foundation for lifelong readers. STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) skills are integrated through problem-solving, research and reporting. Our Integrated Arts and Language courses provide instruction in music, drama, art and active movement. Students are also enriched in the areas of Spanish, Christian education, technology, library, P.E. and Wee Worship.

  • Student-Centered

    We provide students with clear expectations and the necessary tools to develop resiliency and coping skills, as they seek solutions, manage emotions and better relate to others.

  • Episcopal Identity

    We believe it is important for children to realize that God gave them many gifts and talents, and it is their responsibility to use them to make the world a better place.

  • Faith & Service

    We focus on this through Wee Worship, our weekly chapel service, as well as outreach projects that involve taking care of our gardens and helping others.

  • Physical Development

    We build fine motor skills through activities such as writing, cutting, zipping or buttoning jackets, and drawing or gluing craft projects. We build gross motor skills through physical education classes and playground time, including activities such as running and jumping and throwing or catching a ball.

Wee School

One- and two-year-olds

  • Center-based room arrangement
  • Age-appropriate toys and games
  • Play-based learning activities for cognitive and social development
  • Spacious playground and courtyard
  • Neighborhood walks in the bye-bye buggy
  • Butterfly gardens

Preschool

Three- and four-year-olds

  • Formative play and constructive learning opportunities
  • Spacious center-based classrooms
  • Investigator’s Club curriculum
  • Well-developed, concept based activities in social studies, science, early reading, problem-solving and collaborative learning
  • Differentiated activities based on individual needs
  • Fruit and vegetable gardens

Kindergarten

Five- and six-year-olds

  • Exploratory learning and collaborative groups
  • Technology integration
  • Phonics-based reading instruction
  • Singapore mathematics begins
  • Center-based learning to teach children on their individual levels
  • Opportunity for high parent involvement
  • Field trips complement the content in the classroom