Early Childhood Curriculum
Hands-on, experiential learning is at the heart of our Early Childhood classrooms, where early literacy, science, social studies, and mathematical thinking is provided through engaging thematic investigations. Our program is designed to use learning centers to enhance academic, social and emotional growth, exploration and creativity. Learning centers are tailored to supplement themes and units of study. The curricula in the earliest grades provide a variety of multi-sensory experiences and activities to enhance each child’s learning.
Play is an essential element to the learning of three-, four- and five-year-old students. The Wardlaw+Hartridge Early Childhood program is intentionally designed to facilitate children’s exploration, independence and interaction as young children learn through their relationships and from highly-qualified teachers who specialize in early childhood education. Our teachers in Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten are the guides and co-constructors of learning as they differentiate instruction to acknowledge each child’s individual development and abilities.
The youngest learners also attend special subject area classes taught by faculty who are professionally trained for that specific discipline. Students attend weekly classes in music, art, Spanish, and STEM. Daily Physical Education classes provide the students with opportunities to exercise and develop coordination and social interaction skills. Each special subject teacher has designed a curriculum developmentally appropriate to each grade level. This curriculum often complements the homeroom curriculum.
Students progress through to Lower School with the foundation necessary for academic success, confidence in school routines, value for learning and respect for one another.
Distance learning for Early Childhood students remains holistically focused on broad language, cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development with a focus on Kindergarten-readiness in Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten. Learning activities and experiences emphasize interaction and creativity while balancing work that can be assessed from a distance. Most of the Early Childhood students' work requires minimal technology or specialized materials for instruction.