"Giggles. Laughter. Wonder. Amazement. Curiosity. Joy. Welcome to the world of Early Childhood!" - Dr. Jeanne Wilson, Head of Early ChildhoodAt St. Mary's, we celebrate the uniqueness of our youngest students and cherish the years of early childhood. At the heart of our program is our knowledge and understanding of all areas of a girl's development: cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and moral.
Early Childhood Curriculum
Ours is an emergent curriculum that is led by the interests of the students. Integrated into daily lessons and projects, our girls learn to:
- build upon her natural sense of wonder
- investigate the world around her
- explore new concepts and ideas
- engage in meaningful play
- learn to cooperate in a group
- practice communicating effectively with others
- develop a sense of autonomy
A great emphasis is placed on the development of all areas of literacy; written language, spoken language, and listening. Focusing on beginning writing and reading readiness skills, we introduce our girls to a wealth of literature and give them opportunities to engage in the creative process of telling their own stories.
Our math program is a developmental program that encourages an interest in mathematic concepts. Basic concepts are introduced and taught through interactive experiences that emphasize the use of mathematics everyday. This "hands on" approach to math has proven to be both effective and enjoyable.
Technology is integrated into and supports every aspect of our program in a meaningful and appropriate way. Our program is enhanced by special subject areas that include Spanish, Physical Education, Creative Movement, Music, Art, Science and Library.