Early Childhood

Based on careful research and design in young education, and decades in operation, the All Saints' Early Childhood embodies a tradition of nurturing each child so that he or she can progress based upon individual readiness.
Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten must be intimate, predictable, and secure environments. Within these precepts All Saints' opens avenues for each child to explore new subjects, engage in new, active experiences, and grow into their own abilities to socialize with others. Early Childhood provides high quality, innovative education for students, ages 3 years to 6 years old.
 
All Saints’ and our experienced, talented teachers recognize that each child is different and progresses in his or her own abilities in individual ways. Children progress at the pace that is right for them and, in Pre-K and K years, they begin to foster rewarding relationships with older peers and adults, develop new levels of confidence, and learn to discover, experiment, and create with increasing independence.
 
Learning does not necessarily occur in a neat, orderly sequence. All Saints' embraces this and the Early Childhood Center embodies it in a way designed specifically for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten ages. Our child-centered approach delivers students a better chance to discover the joy of learning, as they grow in their dynamic, complex, and developmental young lives. This is what "educating the whole child" means in practice.

At its heart, the goal of the All Saints’ Early Childhood Center is that of the whole school: to prepare students to be joyful, confident, lifelong learners.

PRESCHOOL

Our Preschool, located in the Bardis Family Little Schoolhouse, is a welcoming place for our Littlest Saints, our 3 years (potty-trained) through 4 years and 9 months old students. Preschool offers an emergent curriculum that allows for spontaneity, flexibility and in-depth exploration. Through on-going learning and All Saints’ campus collaboration, we are inspired daily to facilitate a child’s most vital learning; this encompasses literacy, art, science, math, play and the ability to develop communication and critical thinking skills.
We are committed to developing and maintaining a culture that reflects our values; values that are grounded in the beliefs that children are intriguing, inquisitive and important community citizens. In order to better support each individual child’s knowledge-gaining experiences and opportunities, teachers bring authentic discovery to the classroom and beyond the classroom doors, into the All Saints’ community.
Our Preschool provides our school’s youngest learners with the stepping stones toward greater knowledge, the importance of conservation and becoming citizens of the world.

Preschool Curriculum

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  • Language Arts & Literacy

    Verbal communication is of primary importance in daily interaction. In our family-style group gatherings, students are encouraged to listen, respond and interact politely and engagingly. 
    Daily composition journals allow for students’ thoughts, interests and feelings to be expressed through drawings, dictation and writing.
    Pencil grip development includes vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, circles, name writing (upper and lower case) and numbers.
    As a literature-rich environment, we provide students with a variety of books, current events and storytelling. Through written, verbal and social language, students will be able to make sense of print, media and phonologic awareness.
  • Mathematics & Science

    The integration of math and science in daily experiences create a wealth of learning opportunities. Students will count to 50 by ones and tens while using math concepts such as “more than,” “less than,” and “equal to” in connection with local environmental materials like shells, pine cones, rocks, beach glass and sand.
    Patterning, sorting, seriation and measuring skills are encouraged through beading, cooking and science experiments. Further exploration is fostered through nature walks, animal visitors and the All Saints’ Organic Garden.
  • Art & Music

    The children explore art and music in an open-ended creative format. A multitude of media including paint, pencils, pens, crayons, chalk, wire, glue, scissors, collage, lacing and recycled and found materials provide endless inspiration. The use of music in the classroom develops a child’s individuality through sound, song, rhythm and movement. Music materials, singing and dancing are incorporated daily as well as a weekly music class.
  • Dramatic Play

    Children are natural observers of our world. Providing them with opportunities to express and role play allows for imagination, creativity, language and social development. Costumes, baby dolls and household materials create the basis in our classroom for open-ended play.
  • Physical Environment

    The Preschool indoor environment supports a home-like atmosphere while using natural lighting, plants, music and familiar materials found in your child’s own home. It is important for every student to feel comfortable in their learning environment to foster knowledge, creativity and social interactions.
    Our outdoor environment supports gross motor abilities through easel painting, large block building, nature walks, trikes and science exploration. Outdoor activities constitute at least an hour of our daily schedule. Indoors and outdoors, our students are engaged in learning, exploring, and growing!

Pre-K & Kindergarten

The Pre-K and Kindergarten program is designed to meet a wider range of learning styles, abilities, preferred methods of self expression, and attitudes than is typically found in a single-grade classroom. Age grouping beyond the traditional one-year range found in most programs provides children with better opportunities to become social and to learn from others, at their own pace.
This philosophy proceeds as, when they are ready, children in the Pre-K and K levels of the Early Childhood Center gain many opportunities to interact with older students throughout the grades of All Saints’ School, and with their future teachers. This designed, child-centered flexibility in education also makes new children feel welcome no matter when they join, because as "ECC-ers" meet and socialize with older graders it follows that it is easy to be open to other new faces along the way.
 
Throughout small and large group learning activities students receive individual attention, which helps ensure each child is acquiring a love of learning and the academic skills needed to advance. Content rich, multifaceted experiences allow students to pursue their own interests and represent their ideas through a variety of means. It is a classroom community where everyone is engaged in meaningful learning.

Pre-K & Kindergarten Curriculum

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  • Language Arts

    Reading
    Reading groups in the Early Childhood Center cover a range of skills. Instruction begins with letter recognition, sound-symbol relationship, long and short vowels, consonant blends, and the introduction of common sight words. Pre-primers reinforce the students growing sight word vocabulary and accompanying activities allow opportunities for summarizing stories, demonstrating comprehension, and predicting what might come next. Guided reading provides the children an opportunity to explore a wide variety of literature experiences. All activities are designed to stimulate independent thinking and writing.
     
    Writing
    Handwriting lessons using Handwriting Without Tears make handwriting easy to learn and serve as a link to handwriting instruction in first grade. Opportunities to write occur throughout the curriculum and include Writer’s Workshop, which provides exposure to a variety of children’s literature and creates time for response through discussion, reflection, writing and illustration and journal writing in reading, math, and science; and research projects.
     
  • Mathematics

    Math groups in ECC begin the study of the relationship between numbers and quantities, simple addition and subtraction, estimation in computation and problem solving, sorting and classifying of objects, concept of time and units of measure, geometric shapes, graphing and mathematical reasoning. Basic addition and subtraction skills are designed to lead to mastery and automatic recall of the basic addition and subtraction facts. Thinking story problems involve the children in carefully crafted stories which involve multiple operations, cumulative content and the use of reasoning and critical thinking skills. All of these activities are designed to develop an understanding of math language, which students will use throughout their school years.
  • Science

    As a way to provide children with a good foundation for a later understanding of more abstract scientific concepts, ECC provides many first-hand concrete activities such as water play, sand play and garden exploration, and science kits provide opportunities for scientific exploration and inquiry. All these activities help the children make the connection between everyday experiences and scientific concepts. ECC's science curriculum is designed to provide children with exciting science experiences that extend their natural fascination with the world and help them learn the science skills and concepts they will need in later schooling and in life.

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is an important part of the All Saints’ curriculum. Of the twenty fastest growing career fields in the United States, fifteen of them require a STEM education. It is widely recognized that the United States needs to do a better job of preparing its students to be able to integrate skills and knowledge in these four fields, not only to prepare those who will end up working in a STEM-related career, but to prepare all of its students to grow into informed citizens, able to make wise decisions on the many public issues involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
     
    All Saints’ math, science and technology teachers work together to insure that, at all grade levels, All Saints’ students “do STEM.” Presented with a problem to solve, students brainstorm in small groups, using their science, math, and technology skills, to design and engineer a solution to the problem. They test their design, and, if necessary, re-engineer it before presenting their solution to their classmates. Among the many STEM design challenges students undertake are roller coasters, spirometers to measure lung capacity, cardboard furniture to hold classmates, rain gauges, bird feeders, electrical circuits, bridges, and oil spill cleanup systems. In addition to the design challenges, students routinely integrate their math and technology skills into their regular science lessons.
     
    STEM education is not only fun for students, but it also teaches them the importance and value of creativity, collaboration, flexibility, and communication, important traits for 21st century citizens.
  • Social Studies

    Recognizing the importance for each child to develop a sense of his or her place within both the local and global community, units centering on school/community, people/occupations and global awareness form the basis of the social science curriculum. These often involve dramatic play centers, language experience booklets, and related literature, and draw upon the children's prior experience and knowledge. Seasonal celebrations carry cultural messages as well as information about physical changes around us: many holidays, including Valentine's Day, Easter, and International Day are celebrated and these integrate literature, art, physical science, and music. The All Saints’ character education curriculum is used throughout the year to teach the loving values and skills that children need in order to develop into happy, productive, and caring individuals.

Early Childhood in Action

 
Preschool
3 years - 4 years, 9 months

Pre-K & Kindergarten
4 years, 9 months - 6 years

EARLY CHILDHOOD

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The Morgan Family Early Childhood Building is a place that gives our students a feeling of ownership. Attractive displays at their eye level keep information sources within their reach. The space provides areas for exploration in large and small groups, including a patio and surrounding garden for science and large motor activities. This is a place that reflects an interactive style of learning and supports a sense of community.
The newest addition to the All Saints' campus is the Bardis Family Little Schoolhouse, home of our Littlest Saints. An inviting safe and nurturing child-centered place, rich in color, dimension and diversity and filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery

Our 5th graders love to get together with their Little Brothers & Sisters from ECC. From sharing stories to making crafts together, it's always a very special time for everybody!