Our preschool program supports and enhances all aspects of each child’s development – cognitive, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical. This is accomplished through “child-centered” units of study that integrate all curriculum areas –pre-reading, reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, and music. These units, which are groups of activities related to themes, are used as a means of providing meaningful experiences. Unit topics that are of interest and relevance to children are selected. A variety of materials are incorporated for hands-on learning and active participation. A print-rich environment is provided to stimulate the development of language and literacy skills. Activities are accomplished through large groups, small groups, individual activities, and learning centers. Units that embrace multi-cultural and non-stereotyping themes are incorporated to enable children to develop self-esteem, as well as the ability to understand and appreciate people of different cultures, races, sexes, and abilities. Opportunities for parent involvement are provided and encouraged.
The preschool day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m for threes and PK, and ends at 3:00 p.m. for kindergarten. Before and after school care is available from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m and from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Building Foundations for Learning Success
Peek into any EDS preschool classroom and discover something special: bright colors, a smiling teacher and assistant, excited children (most likely not sitting at desks), lots of games and activities. It adds up to a rich and playful learning environment that stimulates all the senses and engages many disciplines.
Our preschoolers learn through age appropriate discovery and exploration, a kind of play with purpose. Teachers and assistants team up to keep the learning exciting and interconnected.
- Language Arts: The Open Court Reading Program is used in kindergarten. Phonics, phonological awareness, social studies, science, music, and art are components of the curriculum in threes, prekindergarten, and kindergarten.
- Journal writing: prekindergarten and kindergarten students participate in journal writing on an age-appropriate level.
- Mathematics: The University of Chicago's school mathematics project, Everyday Mathematics, is the core of the math program for prekindergarten and kindergarten.
- Accelerated Reader: All kindergarten students participate in AR. Students in prekindergarten who have mastered the necessary pre-reading skills may also participate.
Students from kindergarten through fifth grade participate in the Accelerated Reader program. The Accelerated Reader quizzes make reading practices more effective and build a culture of reading throughout the school. We currently have over 2,900 quizzes.
Co-Curricular / Enrichment
The foreign language program offered in Preschool introduces students to the Spanish language and culture using stories, songs, games, poems, rhymes, and role-playing. The program is strictly oral, and classes are conducted almost entirely in the target language. The program is also built upon topics and interests of the children's ages. Spanish vocabulary is integrated into daily activities.
In science enrichment students discover a love for science through hands on activities, various learning centers, and experiments in the classroom. Science enrichment themes are based on the preschool curriculum in order to reinforce concepts covered in classrooms in a different setting. Some of the themes are: pets, farm, weather, seasons, animal habitats, space, dinosaurs, the five senses, marsupials, nocturnal animals, insects, ocean animals, conservation, air, water, soil.
The physical education program at EDS is taught with the hope of stimulating a love for physical activity and life-long fitness. Through various activities, each student is allowed to progress at his or her own rate. The focus is on creating a positive, supportive, non-threatening environment where each student is encouraged to be the best that he or she can be.
In preschool, students have religious education class and Chapel once each week. Our preschool religion curriculum employs the Montessori-based program, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. It is an experiential curriculum that focuses on the life of Jesus Christ, the symbols and meaning of the Christian faith, and introduces the children to the worship life of the church.
The technology curriculum emphasizes tools, techniques and processes that promote productivity in the 21st Century. The use of technology in the classroom supports and enhances all areas of the curriculum and is used as the basis for developing skills that support learning, personal productivity, and decision-making in daily life while also developing real-world skills necessary in continuing education.
Preschool students learn computer skills by using drawing/art software, as well as educational software that focuses on basic skills in reading, math, and science. Preschool students also learn Internet navigation skills by having access to several preschool websites.
Activities and Special Events
- Field Trips
- Teddy Bear Parade
- March of the Penguins
- Threes Treehouse Picnic
- Cooking activities related to thematic units of study
- Prekindergarten Christmas Play
- Prekindergarten EDS 500 Day to culminate Transportation Unit
- 100th Day of School Celebration
- Muffins with Moms
- Doughnuts with Dad
- Grandparents/Grandfriends Day
- Kindergarten Moving Up Celebration