All Saints’ is known for building strong foundations. Our approach to early childhood education is formed through best practices from early childhood philosophies that have contributed to the creation of our own unique curriculum, over 60 years strong. Our goal is to ignite a love of learning in all children. We do this through fostering independence of children by providing opportunities for them to learn through play. Play is the foundation of learning.
We view our classroom environment as a “third teacher” that provides a wealth of learning opportunities. Our classrooms are fun, stimulating, exciting, nurturing and safe, and they are carefully and thoughtfully designed to be inviting and encourage creative thinking and expression. Materials in the classroom inspire children to be researchers and thinkers who are rich with wonder and question the world around them. You won’t see plastic, noisy toys, that tell children what to do or how to think, you will find natural materials and loose parts that encourage resilience, self-confidence, teamwork, problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking. You will find that the “decor” and materials on the walls are focused on student creation rather than premade charts and posters. When children have a role in creating art and displaying learning that is meaningful to them on the walls of their classroom, confidence, self-awareness, and ownership are developed.
Our 2K program focus is language, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development for each child. We are helping to build the foundation for our youngest All Saints’ Crusaders to be confident, happy, and excited to be life-long learners!
Children develop and grow throughout 2K as they learn and practice self-care and life skills, movement (gross and fine motor), and language skills. Teachers encourage and celebrate each child’s curiosity, exploration, and discovery. Special projects are designed around the child’s interests. The 2K curriculum is embedded in centers in the classroom that include: light table, sand station, reading nook, kitchen, building, solving puzzles that are intentionally set-up for children to accomplish goals at his or her own pace and master skills through play.
Daily Activities Include:
Children do best with a consistent, predictable schedule. The routine provides a sense of security. Daily activities include circle time, special classes (Art, Spanish, PE), snack, outdoor exploration, morning rotation: small group/independent work and centers, discovery project time, and outdoor playground time.
7:30-8:10 Arrival/Table Discovery
8:10-8:20 Circle Time/Stories, Songs, Finger Plays
8:20-8:50 Learning Rotation I (centers, small group, independent work)
9:30-10:00 Outdoor Play (Recess)
10:20-11:00 Learning Rotation II/Special Projects
11:00-11:25 Outdoor Exploration
11:45-12:00 Dismissal for ½ day children
12-2:30 Rest time/Quiet activities
2:30-2:45 Transition to Aftercare
During learning rotations, children move through a variety of centers, such as exploring the sensory center, painting a picture at the easel in the art center, building with blocks, looking through books in the Book Nook, exploring and sorting objects at the light table in the science center, completing a large floor puzzle, cooperative play in the dramatic play center, working independently on a skill, or working with a teacher on a fine-motor skill lesson. Materials in centers are changed regularly in response to children’s need for variety and challenge as they grow and learn.
Students participate in special classes including music, PE, art, Spanish and library one-two times each week.