The Early Childhood program at W+H honors and values childhood by creating nurturing, joyful experiences for children in grades Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. With small classes and differentiated instruction, our dedicated Early Childhood teachers cultivate confidence and build independence while providing challenges and academic rigor.
Our faculty uses the Responsive Classroom Approach in their daily practice. The Responsive Classroom Approach is a framework that creates a safe, challenging, and joyful classroom and schoolwide climate for all students. Teachers who use the Responsive Classroom approach understand that all of the students’ needs—academic, social, emotional, and physical—are important as the basis for academic learning.
In this environment, teachers support students’ development of emergent reading skills, exploration of the writing process, development of mathematical thinking, and the investigation of science and social studies concepts. Children in the Early Childhood grades have rapid cognitive development and much of their learning is transferred through their hands to their heads. Our classrooms and curricula are designed to focus on building early literacy skills, improve communication skills, strengthen problem-solving and reasoning through hands-on experiences and structured exploration. Each grade level in the Early Childhood Program builds on the learning of the previous year, as the Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs are tailored to the developmental, cognitive, social and emotional needs of three-, four-, and five-year-olds, respectively.
Everyday opportunities are available for each child to make responsible choices, learn and play independently and cooperatively, develop social problem-solving skills, and build positive relationships with both peers and adults.
Our Early Childhood program creates nurturing, joyful experiences for the youngest learners to develop a life-long love of learning.