Early Childhood

Age one through Pre-K 4

At St. George’s we cultivate a love of learning and nurture the development of foundational skills across cognitive, social, emotional and physical domains.  Our Early Childhood program, inclusive of preschool and pre-kindergarten, offers a secure and exciting environment for children to develop their imaginations and grow confident in their abilities.

Children participate in daily discovery-based, hands-on learning experiences that expose them to the foundational concepts of literacy, math, writing, science and social studies. Through whole group, small group and individual activities, our teachers facilitate the educational journey. By engaging and challenging students, they develop creativity and problem-solving abilities. The collaborative nature of  our projects encourages peer relationships, cooperation and language development. At St. George’s, children are active contributors to their ongoing development  and learning.

 

 

We believe children's work is play, and through play comes significant learning.

 

Our Curriculum

PreschoolOne-Year-Old Program:  By building a positive and  trusting relationship with each child, we provide a gentle  and nurturing introduction to school while facilitating their emerging independence. As the children become comfortable in the environment and with their peers, we incorporate increasingly complex learning experiences and opportunities  to develop oral and receptive language skills. The children also participate in a range of sensory experiences through  play and small group work.

Two-Year-Old Program:  We emphasize the discovery process of learning. By providing hands-on and open-ended activities, we foster the students' creativity and imagination. Over time, they play in increasingly complex ways, developing their cooperative communication and problem-solving abilities. Our small group approach is designed to encourage independence skills and collaboration while supporting the social-emotional needs of toddlers.

Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-K3 Program:  While upholding the importance of play, we capitalize on the natural curiosity of our students to incorporate academics in a meaningful way. They develop confidence, expand their imagination and form strong social connections with their peers. Through this balanced approach, we foster both social and academic problem solving in our classrooms.

Pre-K4 Program: Our Pre-K4 program is led by both the Director of Early Childhood and the Director of Lower School to provide a seamless transition for the students into the Lower School Division, balancing the age-appropriate need for play with a thoughtful introduction to structured learning and the continuation of the Project Approach. You can read more about PK4 on the Lower School page.

What makes our Early Childhood program unique?

Dynamic Student-Driven Curriculum

Inspired by the Project Approach and Reggio Emilia philosophy, each class embarks on investigative projects that engage children in hands-on learning experiences designed to encourage independent thinking and collaborative learning. Each topic of study emerges from the students’ natural interests and curiosities. We utilize this highly developed approach to achieve the curricular and social-emotional goals of each child. Children thrive when they are deeply invested in their own education.

Dedicated and Knowledgeable Faculty

Our student-led curriculum requires that our teachers are active listeners, observers and co-explorers. Through documentation, students and teachers alike reflect on past experiences to develop future learning opportunities. Teachers are highly trained and have a passion for lifelong learning.

Emphasis on Small Group Work

Our low student-to-teacher ratio enables us to develop meaningful relationships with each individual child. Further, we create dynamic groupings where each child has the opportunity to  use his/her own strengths to contribute to a collective goal.  Small groups engage with art, music, movement, real-life  objects and literature to make learning relevant and exciting. 

Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Play

At St. George’s we are experts in early childhood development. With this knowledge, our classrooms and curriculum are child-centered to meet children where they are as individuals and as a group. We balance our dynamic curriculum with the belief that children’s work is play, and  through play comes significant learning. 

Parents as Partners

Children thrive when parents are our partners in their child’s educational journey. Through daily communication and weekly blogs, we  encourage this collaboration and active participation. This communication is key for parents to feel secure and knowledgeable about their children’s school experience.  The St. George’s family is strengthened through parent workshops, family events and volunteer opportunities.  Our door is always open!