“Play is the highest form of research”
We understand that the early years of a child’s life may be the most significant for learning. The development of their spiritual and moral lives, as well as their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical capacities, depends significantly upon what happens during these years.
The Early Childhood program at North Shore Christian School lays the foundation for lifelong learning and provides preparation that emerging learners need to transition to kindergarten. Classrooms provide students with a content-rich, school-readiness program that allows for the flexibility to learn by age and by ability. Under the direction of both a lead teacher and a full-time teaching assistant, all Early Childhood programs focus on academic and emotional readiness through play, singing, language exploration, hands-on activities, and character development. Students are exposed to a body of knowledge and experiences to enable them to begin to think critically about information. Faith is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. Students come to know themselves as unique creations of God and important members of a community.
Our Early Childhood classrooms provide the perfect nurturing environment to practice…
- Making friends
- Making needs and wants known in appropriate ways
- Problem solving
- Gross and Fine Motor Skills
- Trying new things
Our Early Childhood Program fully prepares children for Kindergarten, using a rich curriculum which includes the following:
Phonics with TLC- Lively Letters- Our Lively Letters program emphasizes oral kinesthetics, imagery, hand cues, music and mnemonic stories to make it easier for students to learn and remember their letter sounds.
Reading Readiness and Literacy– Our classrooms are rich in literature, providing children with a vast array of books. From picture books to rhyming books and fairy tales to classic children’s stories – reading is a focus of our program as we encourage a life long love of literacy!
Fine Motor Skills – The Learning Without Tears curriculum, written by occupational therapists, draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for the classroom. Our program follows research that demonstrates that children learn more effectively by actively doing and utilizing materials that accommodate all learning styles. Our curriculum is supplemented by intentional fine motor learning stations in each classroom.
Gross Motor Skills – Our daily activities are designed to improve physical skills that require whole-body movement and involve the large (core-stabilizing) muscles to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running and jumping, and sitting upright at the table. These activities also include eye-hand coordination skills.
Math & Science
Our Math Curriculum Promotes…
- Problem Solving for everyday situations
- Encourages readiness through hands-on lessons and activities
- Promotes transference of knowledge and skills
- Allows for discussion
- Utilizes cooperative learning through small-group activities
Our Science Curriculum Promotes…
Capitalizing on a child’s natural curiosity, the classroom becomes a living, breathing science lab! As students wonder about shadows, a flashlight becomes a tool of exploration! Making home-made bubbles becomes a science experiment! A water table becomes the perfect venue to discover what objects in the classroom float or sink! Students engage in science as they interact with and discover the world around them.
Teachers at North Shore Christian School instruct all content areas through the lens of a Christian worldview. Bible stories, dramatizations, and prayer are daily practices in our classrooms. They are used as a platform to encourage children to consider God’s truth and integrate this knowledge into their learning.
“Play is often talked about as if it were
a relief from serious learning.
But for children, play is serious learning.”
Families may choose between a two, three, four, or five day option for both Preschool and Pre-K, with morning programs available. Our Hamilton campus is morning only at the current time. Students in our Preschool and Pre-K programs are given priority admission status in applying to our Kindergarten. Students 2.9 years old (and toilet-trained) may apply to our Preschool program. Pre-K students must be 4 years old by September 1 (and toilet-trained). An application is available on the Admissions Page.