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.
Language and Literacy: Reading and Writing come alive each day in the 3K classrooms through literacy enriched daily activities, classroom centers, and teacher guided lessons that build on a child’s understanding of both written and spoken language. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are integrated throughout the 3K day and are taught in conjunction with reading collections, songs, poems, finger plays, and teacher prepared materials. We provide a beginning foundation in language expression, letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, listening skills, following directions, handwriting with proper pencil grip, storytelling, reading readiness, and rich vocabulary development through our Handwriting Without Tears program.
Math: In 3K, children learn to think like a mathematician and express their mathematical understanding through manipulatives and exploration. Children learn about numbers, shapes, and patterns in their everyday lives to build a solid foundation of mathematical problem solving and understanding.
Discovery: In the 3K classroom, children are encouraged to make connections and develop logical thinking through experiences, discoveries, wondering and questioning and are introduced to processes of observation, prediction, exploration, investigation, and interpretation. Children in 3K are given opportunities to explore, and make connections while developing an understanding of the world around them.
Daily Activities Include:
Morning Meeting: (Devotion Monday, Wednesday, Friday; Chapel Tuesdays and Thursdays) Independent Exploration, Calendar
Specials: PE, Spanish, Library, Art, Music
Whole Group Circle Time and Small Group Instruction: Handwriting without Tears (early literacy and writing), Math, and Discovery
Music & Movement: Music and Movement gives children the opportunity for their body and mind to work together! Music helps aid the development of early literacy skills and dancing helps build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We love to do Yoga in 3K!
Outdoor Play (Recess)
Half-Day Dismissal (11:45)
Storytime/Outdoor Discovery Storytime helps children develop a love of reading as well as helps them develop early literacy skills. Outdoor discovery pairs with storytime as children have the opportunity to explore the world around them.
Classroom centers provide daily opportunities for discovery, curiosity, invention, and wonder.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations that build confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including music, PE, art, Spanish and library one to two times each week.