EARLY PRESCHOOL (TWO'S)
Our Two’s Program is based on the belief that children learn best through active and engaging sensory experiences. Walking, climbing, and exploring are some of the activities two-year-old’s enjoy. We focus on growth, self-esteem, and natural curiosity. We encourage children to develop unique skills, interests, and strengths. We also encourage children to explore and discover while supporting their growing independence.
At Pathways ECC two-year-olds develop a variety of skills, including spiritual, physical, cognitive, social-emotional, self-help, and gross and fine motor. These skills are integrated through music, art, table toys, movement, games, puzzles, and books. A predictable yet responsive daily schedule meets the needs of children with both structure and flexibility. Although teachers attend to individual needs, the group or whole class experience is an important aspect of our program. By continually listening, talking, and describing actions to our children, we help enhance vocabulary, expand expressive language skills, develop self-esteem, and increase awareness.
Three-year-olds are full of wonder. This is an exciting time for these young learners, who are changing physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally. The focus of our three’s program is to give children the opportunity to learn through play in a loving, caring environment. Days are filled with busy explorations, investigations, and discoveries. Children express themselves through art, music, and movement. They practice math and number concepts using age-appropriate materials to organize, sort, count, build, and sequence. They explore the world of science through weather, cooking, and seasonal activities. They develop motor skills and coordination while running, jumping, hopping, skipping, throwing, and catching in the gym. They demonstrate an emerging love of reading and writing, using growing literacy skills during read-alouds, shared readings, reading groups, and writing centers.
Children use language to share, communicate, and interact with friends. They enjoy books, stories, games, projects, and songs based on curricular themes that are introduced in a whole-group setting then extended to small-group work and individual lessons. A print-rich environment and a love of reading are fostered to allow the children to practice literacy skills in real-life situations.
Our children begin to develop a rich vocabulary and use language on a daily basis through informal conversations with their teachers. They discover a new way to express themselves both in words and ideas. This allows their social world to expand even further. Days are filled with making meaning of every learning opportunity encountered at school.
The prekindergarten curriculum at Pathways Preschool is designed to encourage four-year-old’s to be imaginative, energetic, inquiry-based learners who explore the classroom environment with curiosity and purpose. Four-year-olds are eager to learn, and school activities are designed to involve and engage these young students with interesting lessons and materials.
Students make independent choices in a child-centered learning environment, following well-established structures and routines to guide them. Opportunities for hands-on learning are presented daily, allowing students to grow through play and real-world experiences. Daily activities are scheduled in whole group and small groups to promote socialization and community building. Students engage in conversations with teachers and friends daily, learning to take turns, listen, and share.
A print-rich classroom enables students to be immersed in literacy acquisition, developing letter and word recognition. Throughout the day, spiritual, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development are nurtured in a warm, safe, Christian environment, providing students with the early skills to become lifelong learners.