Early Childhood

The Early Childhood years are wonder years. They are a time when children's minds are absorbing everything they see, do, and hear. They are learning and discovering. We want to be a part of this special time in your child's life.

We offer four levels of instruction for children ages 2 to 5.

Canterbury Kids - Age 2

The Canterbury Kids program provides an intimate and caring atmosphere for 2-year-olds as they take their first steps toward independence and growth.

  • So­cialization is an important objective for Canterbury Kids. Through organized and constructive play activities, children develop an interest in their peers, learn to play cooperatively and share, and continue to explore the natural world around them.
  • Reading quality literature aloud to children individually or in small groups fosters an interest in and awareness of language and the written word.
  • Organized play and art and music activities encourage the development of fine and large mo­tor skills and reinforce concepts taught. Starting mid-year the students go to the Canterbury library for story time. They also begin gymnastics bi-monthly.

Daily Schedule

  • Children are in class Mondays and Tuesdays, from 8:15-11 a.m., or 12:30-3:05 p.m. Each class is generally nine to 11 students and is taught by a teacher with a teaching assistant.
  • There are four Canterbury Kids classes, two meeting in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Children beginning Canterbury Kids must be 2 years old by August 1 of the year they enter the program.

Cavaliers - Age 3

The Cavaliers program capitalizes on the natural curiosity a 3-year-old has about the world and builds on the foundation established in the Canterbury Kids program.

  • Children feel secure in routines established in the classroom, are responsible for the care of their belongings, and assume some simple classroom chores.
  • Skills and concepts are introduced through dramatic play, stories, favorite songs, and finger plays.
  • Careful attention is given to integrating literacy activities into all aspects of the curriculum.
  • Conversations and experimentation during group time, story time, and choice time introduce math and science concepts daily.
  • Cavaliers go to the library, have story time, and check out books weekly. Bi-monthly they have gymnastics. Weekly they have music and French - complete with conversation - and Orff music instruction.

Daily Schedule

  • Classes meet Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 8:15-11 a.m., or 12:30-3:05 p.m., with two classes offered in the morning and two in the afternoon.
  • Each class is generally 12-14 children and is taught by a teacher and a teaching assistant.

Children entering the Cavalier program must be 3 years old by August 1 of the year they entered the program.

Junior Kindergarten - Age 4

In a hands-on, developmentally appropriate environment, children learn by questioning, doing and focusing on integrated thematic units. These units introduce math, science, literacy and social studies concepts and provide the basis for fine motor skills, large motor skills, and music and art activities. As the year progresses, Junior Kindergarten students become more goal-oriented and develop a positive attitude toward work and a sense of satisfaction in accomplishment.

  • Junior Kindergarten students go to the library, have story time and check out books weekly. Bi-monthly they have gymnastics. Weekly they have French - complete with conversation - Orff music instruction.
  • Junior Kindergarten students study Monet and learn to use his brush stroke style to create their own class painting.

Daily Schedule

  • These classes meet five days a week, from 8:15-11 a.m., or 12:30-3:10 p.m., with two classes offered in the morning and two classes in the afternoon.
  • Each Junior Kindergarten class is generally 14-15 students and is taught by a teacher with the help of a teaching assistant.

Students entering Junior Kindergarten must be 4 years old by August 1 of the year of their admission.

Kindergarten Prep

Kindergarten Prep is a unique opportunity available to children who have completed Junior Kindergarten and the Kindergarten screening process, but are not yet developmentally ready for a full day of school. This creates a cohesive group, maximizing the children’s abilities to grow, learn, and develop through a rich and challenging curriculum in their year before full-day Kindergarten.

  • The curriculum is organized around a series of thematic units into which language, reading, math, science, social studies and arts instruction are integrated. Vocabulary expansion is encouraged as children both dictate stories to the teacher or assistant and begin to develop their own written stories using a combination of pictures and printed words. Letters and their corresponding phonetic sounds are introduced, and the formation of upper- and lowercase letters is practiced.
  • Kindergarten Prep uses the “Math Their Way” curriculum to incorporate math experiences throughout the entire day. Questioning, observing, predicting, experimenting and drawing conclusions are the keys to scientific discovery in Kindergarten Prep as children explore scientific phenomena in their environment.

Daily Schedule

  • The class meets daily, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. The class size is generally 14-16 students and is taught by a teacher with the help of a teaching assistant.
  • Kindergarten Prep students participate in the French, music, chess, library and physical education classes taught by Lower School specialists.

Students entering Kindergarten Prep usually turn 5 during the spring, summer or fall of the year they enter the program.

Plato said, “All learning begins with wondering.”

Our interdisciplinary units connect school life and real life. Countless daily experiences promote vocabulary and math enrichment. Words spoken lead to words written and read. Counting, measuring, comparing, collecting, sorting, and classifying are ways we mix in everyday awareness of math concepts.

Movement is a sign of life. Children love to leave their mark.

Our students have active, rhythmic, musical, and physically satisfying moments every day. Through painting, sculpting, designing, cutting, and gluing, our young children need no prodding to fill their papers with their creativity.

Critical thinking in children looks like scientific investigation in adults.

Trying to make sense of one’s own day-to-day experiences requires the use of every known thinking skill. Through special classes, library, French, gymnastics, music, outdoor education, and field trips learning extends far beyond the classroom.

First-hand learning provides children with boundless opportunity to see, touch, hike, taste, and smell while they visit interesting places.

Come visit. Let us become a part of your family.

Creative and loving teachers invite their students into rooms where they are welcomed and respected. They are “family.” They form a community that works together, sharing, helping, and celebrating. They keep parents informed and involved and make children feel safe. Students are free to ask questions, make mistakes, make discoveries, and find ways to learn that help them succeed.


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