Our Early Childhood Curriculum embraces all aspects of a child’s growth and development. We believe preschoolers possess a natural curiosity of the world around them and are continually seeking out new information.
We recognize that no two children are alike. They learn in different ways and at different rates. Our integrated and balanced approach to planning allows us to cater to these individual differences and to foster development in each child.
Learning occurs from the moment children arrive at Friends ELC. Each time of day has its own unique characteristics and importance. We value smooth, predictable transitions throughout the day, that foster confidence and facilitate independence.
Each morning during the school year, the K3 and K4 classes focus on academics using the Abeka curriculum. Each afternoon, the children are invited to participate in a wide variety of discovery and play based activities that are developmentally appropriate. Note, we do offer a limited number of part time openings (mornings only) for preschoolers to participate in the K3 and K4 academic portion of the day during the school year.
Parent-teacher conferences are held to make sure parents are aware of their child's development and process. The parents team with the teachers to determine which preschool class their child should be in for the upcoming school year. The K4 class is for those children who are targeting to enter the Kindergarten class next Fall. The K3 class are for those children who are targeting to the enter the Kindergarten class the Fall after next. Not just meeting but exceeding kindergarten readiness is the goal of the children moving through first the K3 then the K4 class.
K3 Abeka Class Curriculum:
K4 Abeka Class Curriculum:
With the Abeka curriculum the children will progress to reading their own copies of Little books and Animal Friends books for beginning readers