Early Childhood Program

Mission

We aspire to create an environment loaded with appealing possibilities that draw the children in and hold their attention. Learning is enhanced and disruptive behaviors few when the kids are happy and engaged. We organize the classroom around learning centers designed to help children take charge of their own learning and to facilitate social development. Most learning center activities may be used by the children without teacher assistance. Materials in the centers are rotated occasionally to spark renewed interest or to support the current thematic unit.

ECP Blog

Click on an entry to see what we’ve been up to in the ECP:

  • News from the ECP We sure had a lot of fun on Halloween this year. We carved pumpkins and baked the seeds, we played with oobleck slime and rubber spiders, we made “witch’s hands” with popcorn and grapes, we read lots of spooky stories, and we got to show off our cool costumes in the all-school Halloween Parade. Thanks to all of the parents and ...
  • News from the Early Childhood Program We sure have had a lot of opportunities to get our Birthday Ritual down during family meetings this month, as nearly half of the kids in the ECP have October birthdays! We celebrate birthdays by having the child carry a globe (representing the Earth) around a candle with rays for each month (representing the Sun). Family members join us with treats, stories, ...
  • News from the ECP: I’m always amazed at how much growth we see in each kid over the course of a single school year. This year has been no exception. Our Kindergarteners have really been stepping it up this past month. They each visited the first and second grade classroom and they are all eager to move on to the ...
  • The Latest from the ECP: We’ve been gearing up for Art Day in the ECP. The Kindergarteners have been attending art themed creation classes all month, and the preschoolers have been creating their own art for the upcoming show, collaborating in small groups on large scale spin art paintings. We used an old window fan, a turntable, and a power ...
  • ECP NEWS: The kids have really been enjoying our “letter of the day” theme this month. Many of them walk into the room in the morning trying to figure out what the letter is by checking out the sensory table. We had buttons, beads, and balloons for B day, pom poms and PVC pipe for P day, ...
  • News from the ECP: We had a rocking good time at this year’s Holiday Follies, performing the song Rockin Robin while dressed up as owls, crows, and a variety of birds. Thanks to the parents who helped us finish the costumes in time. After practicing the song maybe a hundred times, it was clear that everyone knew the words, ...
  • News From The ECP: We’ve been rehearsing a little bit each day for the Follies, and the kids are having lots of fun singing and dancing to “Rockin Robin.” We’ll be working on costumes and props in the days leading up to our performance. We’ve also been singing other favorite songs at family meeting like “Down By the Bay” ...
  • News From The ECP We had a very eventful October in the ECP. First we were visited by the local Fire Department for Fire Safety Month. We learned about smoke detectors, “stop, drop, and roll,” watched a firefighter put on his suit, and we even got to go inside of a real fire truck. We had been singing our ...
  • News From The ECP: Linda, Chris and Christy (3-5 year olds) We’ve been crazy about roly poly bugs (AKA pill bugs) in the ECP this past month. We’ve been turning over rocks and logs on the playground and seeing how many we can find. We also read a couple books about roly polys at family meeting and learned some ...
  • News from the ECP Linda, Chris and Christy (3-5 year olds) We had another fun-filled Summer Program this year. The trips to the pool were especially refreshing during the very hot and dry summer. Christy also had us exploring different creeks around town, including the Jordan River on campus where the kids collected crawdads and spent the afternoons creek stomping. We ...