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 had two more exciting visitors in the ECP for multicultural month. A big thanks to Jack’s dad for teaching us about Wales, and Ceilidh’s grandpa for playing the bagpipes for us. We really enjoyed Multicultural Day as well. It was especially fun touring the school, sampling food, and playing games. We incubated eggs in our ...
  • News from the ECP As part of multicultural month, we learned about the land and the native people of the Big Island of Hawai’i. We read stories about Pele, the volcano goddess of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The Hawaiians believe that whenever Kilauea erupts, it’s because Pele is angry. We made two of our own ...
  • News From The ECP I thought it would be fun to include a couple of our dictated stories this month. Here is one from Mikolai, 3 years old: “My story, like, my mommy went to a store, and me. And apples are yummy and when I eat them, I bite something hard and it was a toy. And I ate a lot. My stomach got ...
  • 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” ...