We are in the process of restructuring our program. Over the next year we will transition into a full-care Pre-School for Two, Three and Four year olds.
For the 2019-2020 school year we will have classes for:
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 1 and Eplorers 2:
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.
The Pre-K3 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 Pre-K3 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-K4 program.
Christian Education: The Pre-K3 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 Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am, which is led by pastors and members of Dorchester Presbyterian Church.
The Pre-K4 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-K4 program also uses Handwriting Without Tears to teach proper handwriting and letters. Assessments are given quarterly.
Christian Education: The Pre-K4 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 Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am, which is led by pastors and members of Dorchester Presbyterian Church.