Early Childhood

The Early Childhood years are wonder years. It is 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

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

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, the 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 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 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.

Cavaliers - Age 3

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

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 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 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.

Junior Kindergarten - Age 4

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

Junior Kindergarten students study Monet and learn to use his brush stroke style to create their own class painting.

The goal of Junior Kindergarten is to prepare the 4-year-old child for a successful Kindergarten year.

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 and music complete with conversation and Orff music instruction.

Daily Schedule

These classes meet five days a week from 8:15 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 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.

Kindergarten Prep

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

Kindergarten Prep is a unique opportunity available to children who have completed Junior Kindergarten and the Kindergarten screening process, but are not developmentally ready for a full day of school. This creates a cohesive group, maximizing the children’s abilities to grow, develop and learn 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 is generally 14-16 children. It meets daily from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. 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.

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 paper 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 beyond the classroom.

Experiencing it first hand provides children with an environment in which they are free to visit, see, touch, hike, taste, smell and tour.

Even the most extreme biologist, was once a child catching lightning bugs.

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 are a community working together, sharing, helping, and celebrating. Children feel safe, free to ask questions, make mistakes, make discoveries, and find ways to learn that give them the sweet taste of success. Communication with families is a high priority. Involved parents, successful kids.


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