All of our programs are designed to develop an awareness of God and His home for us. Children will progress through these program experiences to develop a freedom and ease in gross and fine motor skills, creative thinking, communication skills, and a love for music and the Bible. Each year will provide more exposure to age-appropriate readiness skills in preparation for a positive elementary experience.
EARLY YEARS PROGRAM
In this program, a collaborative effort between teacher and parent is established to assist in the beginning stages of toilet training. The children will be introduced to new experiences using a variety of art, music, and large and small motor skill development. Children must be 18 months by the start of school in order to register for this program. A 2-day (Tuesday, Thursday), 3-day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and 5-day program are offered.
Our 3-year old classes provide an opportunity for children to develop socialization skills in a loving and caring environment, fostering independence and adjustment to a classroom routine. Children will be introduced to new experiences using a variety of art, music, and large and small motor skill development activities as well as social interaction. In this program the children must be 3 by December 31st of that school year and completely toilet-trained at the beginning of the school year. A 2-day (Tuesday, Thursday), 3-day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and 5-day program are offered.
YOUNG FOUR-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM
This program is for children who may have been enrolled in a preschool program and/or those who are ready for a more in-depth preschool experience. The children in this class have another year of preschool before they are eligible for kindergarten. The class provides an opportunity for children to continue to refine their social skills, experience more structure and teacher-directed activities, exposure to problem solving, personal responsibility, and independence. In this program, children must by 4 by December 31st. A 3-day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and 5-day program are offered.
The 4-year old program incorporates various developmental and social skills in the curriculum. Kindergarten readiness is developed by circle time, enhanced language arts and reading readiness in conjunction with our handwriting program, Handwriting Without Tears. The class curriculum provides the children with a more structured setting with an emphasis on independence, personal responsibility, and a positive attitude towards education. All 4-year old classes are designed to prepare a child for a successful kindergarten experience. In this program, children must be 4 by September 1. A 3-day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and 5-day program are offered.
KINDERGARTEN ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
An afternoon Kindergarten Enrichment class is available for children attending morning kindergarten in other schools. Bussing is available from Belmont Hills Elementary School, and children from other schools may attend, but are responsible for their own transportation. The curriculum will focus on science, math, language projects, crafts, cooking, drama and cultural awareness. A 3-day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and 5-day program are offered from 12:15 pm to 3:00 pm from mid-September to early-June.
In addition, all of our classes participate in field trips to the Narberth Fire Department, Sandy Hill Farm in Plymouth Meeting and Riverbend Nature Center in Gladwyne.
We have a number of special events during the course of the school year including a Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Pageant, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Breakfast, Grandparent or Special Friend’s Day, Valentine’s Day Parties, Preschool Sunday, End-of-year Picnic at South Ardmore Park and Graduation Ceremonies for Pre-Kindergarten Children entering Kindergarten and for Kindergarten Enrichment Children entering First Grade.