Academics

Early Childhood

Early Childhood: Beginners ages 3 & 4 and Kindergarten


It all begins with the child. At Country School we view three, four and five year olds as competent, capable and driven by an innate curiosity to make meaning and seek connection. Through hands-on experiences and focused lessons, our intentionally designed program cultivates each child’s expanding knowledge and love of learning. Time is spent in these formative years developing character, acquiring skills, cultivating creativity, encouraging initiative and pursuing passions. 
"Children grow into resourceful, creative and flexible thinkers when they are given time to problem solve, construct meaning, and to find connections. Children become effective questioners when they are encouraged to share their perspective and offered time to design and create."
-Beth O'Brien, Head of Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Program:

Through hands-on experiences and focused lessons, our intentionally designed program cultivates each child’s expanding knowledge and love of learning. Time is spent in these formative years developing character, acquiring skills, cultivating creativity, encouraging initiative and pursuing passions. 

Inquire, Connect

The Early Childhood Program is guided by a developmental approach to teaching and learning. It is our strong belief that children are social, confident, capable and creative thinkers. We believe that exploration is a child’s way of learning and that learning is an active, ongoing and experimental process.

In Early Childhood we are passionate about children believing in themselves and their great potential. We encourage children to work independently as well as collaboratively and to understand that they are the primary directors of their own learning. We guide children to further their respect for the rights of others; and most importantly instill a lifelong passion for learning.

Introduction, Practice

In Early Childhood children are introduced to and practice the following skills and concepts: 
  • Language Arts: Develop the foundational skills to become independent readers and writers.
  • Mathematics: Explore numeration, sorting and classifying, one-to-one correspondence, patterns, shapes, graphing and measurement. 
  • Science: Observe, experiment, investigate and document the seasons and the animal and plant worlds in their everyday environment.
  • Art: Explore concepts of color, space, line, texture and design in a manner that inspires individual thinking and freedom of expression.
  • Music and world culture: Sing, chant, play games and move to classical and folk music, as well as use voice, body percussion, and instruments to replicate everyday sounds.
  • Foreign Language: Spanish instruction begins in Beginners and is integrated into stories, songs, games and skits.

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  • Elizabeth O'Brien 

    Head of Early Childhood
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