St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School

St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School
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Academics

Lower School: Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten

The Early Childhood program at St. Matthew’s creatively engages students in their earliest school experiences. The program provides a safe setting with a rich and varied play-based curriculum that meets the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs of each child.
 
Challenging, age appropriate activities and learning opportunities are planned in a manner that promote positive self-esteem and serve as an excellent introduction to school. The lessons throughout the day are based on a thematic, play oriented curriculum and further enriched with creative, hands-on activities.
 
The emphasis of the Preschool program is on the whole child, meeting the needs of individual students at all levels. The curriculum includes three areas of focus: the physical, intellectual and social development of young children. Each content area is integral to providing a positive, healthy and academic experience for our youngest learners.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Social Development lies at the heart of the Preschool program. Students are taught the importance of developing and nurturing positive relationships with peers and their teachers. This is further enhanced through cooperative play, helping and caring for others through our Service Learning program and the use of the Responsive Classroom approach.
 
The students are taught the importance of positive communication and are given tools to promote use of self-control as well as expression of ideas and thoughts. In their play and learning, students practice problem-solving and are encouraged to take responsible risks and step out of their comfort zone, knowing they are in a safe place to express their feelings and their needs.
INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
St. Matthew’s provides a content rich environment in which children learn and thrive in a play-based and non-competitive atmosphere. The students are provided with many learning opportunities that are based on success-oriented activities that promote self-confidence. These activities provide exposure to a variety of concepts, themes, and literature, which further support their academic learning and prepare them for more formal instruction in the years ahead.
ART

LIBRARY

MATH

MUSIC AND DRAMATIC PLAY

READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

SPANISH
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Physical Development is an integral part of the Preschool and Prekindergarten program. Large and small muscle coordination and control are developed through activities that build:
 
• Strength
• Endurance
• Balance
• Hand-Eye Coordination
 
Group interaction is an important component of the physical development of our students. The students learn important skills of cooperation and teamwork throughout the day as they support their peers in tackling new challenges.
 
The students have access to climbing equipment, both inside the classroom and on the playground. In addition, the children have access to wheel toys, play structures, balls, a sand area and our treasured play house.
 
Health and fitness are promoted throughout the program in both Physical Education classes and discussions about nutrition and lessons focused on bodily safety and spatial awareness.
 
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PRESCHOOL
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:05 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.
Wed (late start): 9:05 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:05 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Wed (late start): 9:05 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.