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We know that learning is easier when you have an excellent teacher. That's why most of our educators have achieved an advanced degree in their field. Our faculty are passionate about the subjects they teach and bring this enthusiasm into their lessons.
Our 2 1/2 -3's classes have low student to teacher ratios. Students entering our toddler program should be fully potty trained. Our focus is on social skills from a Christian perspective. Beginning literacy and pre-math skills are explored through play. They hear stories, learn about Jesus, sing songs, play in the gym, explore movement and music, and eat a snack together.
Pre-k students should be 4 years old by September 1 and potty trained.
Kindergarten students should be 5 years old by September 1.
Mt. Airy Christian Day School follows the HighReach Learning® program. Initially developed in 1986 by professional educators, HighReach Learning is a nationally recognized early childhood program that continues to create developmentally appropriate curriculum for children. Each program provides planning strategies, learning experiences, and support materials that help create intriguing and interest-driven investigations.
Through HighReach Learning, we inspire children to learn from the world around them, using sensory-related, hands-on activities. New information is introduced thematically, and learning takes place as children explore and manipulate real objects and events.
Monthly themes include:
September:From Home to School
January:Trucks and Big Machines
February:Town and Country
March:In the Grass
April:Digging in the Dirt
Research continues to show the importance of family involvement in a child’s success in school. HighReach Learning values the role of the family in making a difference in the lives of young children. Children learn from the people and places all around them. You are truly your child’s first teacher and play an integral part in his or her development. Our early childhood education curriculum encourages families and teachers to work together, guiding children’s learning in powerful and fun ways.
Quality early childhood development for toddlers begins with a hands-on approach and plenty of opportunities for free-choice and independent learning. At Mt. Airy Christian Day School, our teachers will lovingly guide your toddler through their earliest developmental milestones while singing, dancing, and playing. Your toddler’s busy day will include plenty of free play and quiet time. Time will be devoted to enrichment programs, special activities, and learning simple Spanish words. We keep families informed with Daily Reports and weekly lesson plans on the classroom’s Parent Board. Your child’s developmental progress will be assessed on an on-going basis using progress reports.
Our toddlers and two’s utilize the nationally-recognized HighReach® curriculum that focuses on the following areas of development:
Toddler HighReach Curriculum (ages 12 – 24 months)
Designed with the curious child in mind, our toddler curriculum includes monthly themes which are reinforced with books, puppets, songs, free-form art projects and other creative learning activities for toddlers.
Mt. Airy Christian Day School utilizes the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill'sTreasures curriculum which is now aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This leading program offers the correct balance of fiction/nonfiction literature, explicit instruction and ample practice to ensure that students learn and grow as lifelong readers and writers. Treasures is a research based, comprehensive Reading Language Arts program for grades K-6 that gives educators the resources they need to help all students succeed. High quality literature coupled with explicit instruction and ample practice ensures that students grow as life-long readers and writers.
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Treasures Kindergarten Program Overview
Mt. Airy Christian Day School is licensed by the Department of Human Services and Pennsylvania Department of Education and follows the state’s early learning standards. We use the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for infant and Toddlers, Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten, and Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards for Kindergarten to guide curriculum and lesson planning decisions. We also participate in the Keystone STARS Certification Program, designed to evaluate and improve the quality of child care. The program offers Standards, Training, Assistance, Resources and Support (STARS) to child care providers and recognizes the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.
We are redefining how far childcare providers can go. Our educational philosophy is age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate and child-directed. Your child will learn through play and will be given the freedom to make choices that help to foster independence.
Our Kindergarten program are aligned with the curriculum of public school Kindergarten programs and are designed to prepare your child to transition easily to a public or private school environment.
HighReach Learning® curriculum grows with your child. As your child matures and moves to the next age group, he/she develops more advanced skills. The main skills your child will cover during the year are listed below.
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