Age 2.9 Years and Up
“Play is the highest form of research”
Our Early Childhood center-based classrooms provide the perfect nurturing environment for exploration and to practice school readiness and social skills such as sharing, taking turns, making friends, manners, making needs known in appropriate ways, problem-solving and listening to others. Children are encouraged to take care of their personal belongings as they grow in their independence and endeavor to try new things to foster and build self-confidence.
Classroom and outdoor lessons allow our students to continue to progress in their fine and gross motor skills as they play on playground equipment, and engage in various fine motor stations offered in the classroom.
Our Early Childhood Program fully prepares children for kindergarten, using a rich curriculum which includes the following:
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.
Our classrooms are rich in literature, 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 lifelong love of literacy!
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.
The Learning Without Tears curriculum is written by occupational therapists. Our program follows research that demonstrates that children learn more effectively by actively doing and utilizing materials that accommodate all learning styles.
Math and Science
Opportunities abound to capitalize on a child’s natural curiosity, the classroom becomes a living, breathing math and 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.
Families may choose between a two, three, four, or five day option for both Preschool and Pre-K, with morning programs available. 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). Bathroom Policy
At NSCS, we understand that the early years of a child’s life may be the most significant for learning, one where their environment should foster a sense of awe and wonder. 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 fosters growth in a young child’s development and provides the preparation that emerging learners need to transition to kindergarten.
All Early Childhood programs focus on academic and social-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.
Christian worldview principles are 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.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”