Friday, May 31 9:30 - 10:30 am
You and your preschooler are invited to join us for a morning of inquiry and exploration. Christ Episcopal Preschool is a nurturing environment where master teachers collaboratively deliver our unique, inquiry-based program.
Guests will observe their children working and playing with our teachers and students in our preschool house. Guests will also enjoy a snack, visit the preschool library, block room and playground.
To attend, please complete an application, which you can do online by clicking here.
Christ Episcopal Preschool offers a first school experience for two-, three- and four-year-old children. The preschool program is dedicated to the development of the whole child. All activities are developmentally appropriate, and children learn through inquiry and exploration.
The Preschool program emphasizes developmentally appropriate learning activities and problem-solving skills. Learning is viewed as an interactive process. Preschoolers use materials and engage in activities that are meaningful to them. The school day consists of a rich variety of activities, including readiness skills for reading, math, social studies and science; discussions; outdoor play and story time.
Children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development are nurtured and encouraged so that they develop self-esteem and independence. Children may be grouped by age, in mixed-age groups, and/or by developmental level.
An inquiry-based curriculum simply put is learning through personal investigation.
An old-adage states:
Tell me and I forget
Show me and I remember
Involve me and I understand
The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning. Teachers and children work together to explore, ask questions, discuss observations and seek answers about everyday experiences. Inquiry-based learning combines active learning, inquiry and play. The role of the teacher is to provide rich lessons, which provoke children's natural curiosity.
The two-year-old class offers a flexible yet consistent program where children learn the life lessons of sharing, taking turns and listening to others. These skills foster self-regulation, self-confidence and empathy. CES teachers carefully help children build a sense of trust in new adult and peer relationships, which are essential for a happy and secure child. In addition to classroom-based activities, the two year olds enjoy weekly visits from the library and music teachers, and engage in hands-on science activities in our preschool garden.
Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm or 3:00 pm
Monday & Wednesday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm or 3:00 pm
The three-year-old class continues to promote the child's positive sense of self while nurturing his or her growing independence. Special attention is given to the child's cognitive development through daily exposure to language arts, math readiness, inquiry-based science and computer technology. We capitalize on the young child's imagination with creative art activities and hands-on, inquiry-based learning centers. Weekly music classes foster a love of song and movement, and introduce children to rhythm instruments. Weekly chapel, led by the Rev. Cindy Simpson, includes simple hymns, and children's Bible stories. Off-campus field trips begin at this age, building on the themes taught in the classroom.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
PreKindergarten (Preschool 4's)
Our PreK class introduces instruction in handwriting, language arts, and reading readiness. Math instruction teaches concrete skills by exploring numbers, data collection, patterns, measurement, money and time. In science and social studies, PreK children study a variety of topics. From global cultures to their own communities, children learn about our large and diverse world. As a Maryland Green School, children are given the responsibility of planting, raising and harvesting vegetables in our school's garden. A "grade-to-grade" partnership with our Kindergarten students creates a special connection in PreK, which fosters community and bridges preschool to lower school.
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm