Infants and Creepers:

Our Infant and Creeper programs offer a warm, loving, and nurturing environment for your children to explore, learn, and grow. Reading, singing, and giving individual attention to each child is essential. In the Infant room, each child is given the opportunity for tummy time and floor play. Our Creepers are on the move and are given opportunities for achieving crawling, walking, pulling up, exploration, etc. Children are taken outside for a walk in the buggy as weather permits. A daily sheet is given at the end of each day to help you know more about their feeding, eating, sleeping, and playing schedule. We do our best to accommodate your child’s schedule and ask that parents schedule a time prior to enrollment to meet with teachers to give them a chance to get to know your child’s needs. We encourage parents to call and check on their child whenever they feel the need.

Christian Education: Our Infant Class will have a daily devotion using the Baby’s Hug-A-Bible board book by Sally Lloyd Jones. The Creeper Class will use The Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmund Tutu for their daily devotion each morning.

Toddlers:

The Toddler program enables children to explore and grow in their changing world. Children will experience short structured activities as well as free play activities to encourage the development of gross motor skills. Outside time is scheduled twice daily as the weather permits. The Toddler curriculum will center around integrated thematic units based on high quality children’s literature, with a book of the week along with several developmentally appropriate activities that relate to the weekly literature.

Christian Education: The Toddler Class uses The Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmund Tutu for their daily devotion each morning.

Explorers:

Much like the Toddler program, the Explorers program gives opportunities for the children to grow and explore through short structured activities and free play to encourage the development of gross motor skills. The Explorers program is scheduled to go on the playground twice daily as weather permits. The Explorer curriculum will center around integrated thematic units based on high quality children’s literature, with a book of the week along with several developmentally appropriate activities that relate to the weekly literature. The Explorer curriculum will include more activities focused on beginning to learn basic colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. The children will achieve these goals through story time, singing, playing, art, and exploring.

This is the age most children are toilet trained. We ask that you work with your child at home before training actually begins at school. Please bring an adequate number of training pants so that we can keep your child dry in case of accidents. If you wish to use pull-ups you may for a short period of time, but we do not recommend it as sometimes they confuse the child. When dressing your child for the day, please remember pants with buckles and zippers, such as overalls, are not the best choices for toilet training. Clothing that is easy to pull up and down should be worn.

Christian Education: The Explorers Class uses the God and Me devotional book, which provides a scripture, questions, and a prayer for each day.

Preschool:

The Preschool class uses the Creative Curriculum, which addresses all of the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day. It also offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner. Children in the Preschool class will continue to master colors, shapes, letters, numbers, fine and gross motor skills and begin the process for pre-writing and pre-reading to prepare them for our Pre-K program.

Christian Education: The Preschool Class uses the God Loves Me curriculum to guide their morning devotion. There will be a different Bible story each week, which will also be used in Chapel on Wednesday at 9:30 am, which is led by pastors and members of Dorchester Presbyterian Church.

Pre K:

The Pre-K class uses the Scott Foresman Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum, which prepares children for kindergarten with ongoing assessment of research-based success predictors and playful, purposeful, and personalized instruction. This program provides integrated math, science, and social studies lessons, and excites kids about learning through highly appealing children’s books, posters, picture cards, and music. The Pre-K program also uses Handwriting Without Tears to teach proper handwriting and letters.

Christian Education: The Pre-K Class uses the God Loves Me curriculum to guide their morning devotion. There will be a different Bible story each week, which will also be used in Chapel on Wednesday at 9:30 am, which is led by pastors and members of Dorchester Presbyterian Church.

Assessment:

The Preschool and Pre-K programs utilize Teaching Strategies GOLD, which is an innovative online assessment tool. Teachers are able to use the assessment data to differentiate their instruction in order to better meet the needs of all students. With this program, parents are also able to view their child’s assessment portfolio and monitor their progress throughout their Preschool and Pre-K years.

After School Program:

Our after school program is designed for children in Kindergarten through second grade. Children are offered time to do their homework and can make choices including art, games, outdoor play, and reading.