The Early Learning Center program serves children in the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes. The program is founded on the premise that young children should be taught in developmentally appropriate ways through a variety of experiences and methods. Young children learn best through play, exploration, and social interaction. They possess a natural curiosity about the world around them. This curiosity invites learning. During these early years, the level of comprehension and mastery is wide-ranged.
The Pre-Kindergarten class time is divided between free exploration (utilizing centers with math manipulatives, art activities, puzzles, building blocks, and fine-motor strengthening activities) and direct interactive instruction, which may be one-on-one, in small groups, or in the whole group setting. For details on specific areas of the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum, follow the links to the right.
The Kindergarten class time includes lessons taught in both large and small groups as well as individual instruction. Additionally, the Kindergarten student works independently in centers that foster the development and mastery of skills in math, art, language, and fine and gross motor abilities. This is the year in which a child needs to be given the opportunity to observe, explore, and discover. It is a year where a child learns significantly through play as well as formal instruction. Follow these links at right to learn more about specific areas of the Kindergarten curriculum.