Our Early Learning program is open to children who are three years old. We offer a combined Pre-Kindergarten and Junior-Kindergarten program.
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Our Early Learning Program is created through a collaboration of both Montessori and Reggio Emilia Approach to learning. When combined, these methods offer an enhanced educational experience that meets the needs of a variety of learners. Children work individually and cooperatively in an environment prepared with materials that engage their curiosity. We follow each child’s development through careful observation and promote the importance of community and creativity. Each child has the freedom to discover their world while developing a love of exploring and a joy in learning.
Reading, Writing and Language Arts
We provide an enriched language environment, and encourage oral expression through meaningful interactions with adults and peers. Phonetically taught lessons gradually encompass all forms of language. These lessons include letter sounds and formation, written expression, reading, punctuation, elements of grammar, spelling, and children's literature.
We begin the introduction to mathematics by using concrete objects. The child then naturally progresses to incorporating symbols and understanding more abstract ideas. The curriculum also introduces the child to measurement, geometry, and fractions.
Materials are designed to encourage sensory exploration of the world by helping the child isolate, refine, compare, and classify perceptions of sounds, smells, colors, textures, sizes, and shapes.
History, Geography and Culture
Children gain an awareness of the world around them by learning about the continents, and the different cultures around the world. This helps to raise their consciousness about other people, gain understanding and tolerance; and therefore, gain compassion for all the people in the world.
Music, Art and Movement
Children are natural communicators and can express themselves in various ways. This may include words, movement, drawings, paintings, buildings, sculptures, and more. We encourage them to use many materials for discovery, communication, and even demonstration of what they understand, wonder, question, feel, or imagine.
Our students have the wonderful opportunity to learn from the co-curricular specialists in several areas including Science, Wilderness and Wildlife, Spanish, Art, Library, Physical Education, Music and Movement.
CCDS provides families with several different scheduling options for our Early Learning program. We offer both a half day (8:20 am to 12:30 pm) and a full day (8:20 am to 3:20 pm) scheduling option. During the admissions process, you will work with the Admissions and Business office to select the schedule that fits best for you and your child.