Early Childhood Center
Marymount's Early Childhood Center is the perfect place to give your child a strong educational foundation. The School offers a dynamic program which challenges and supports children to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful and happy learners.
Our Early Childhood Center teachers are experienced, highly trained and fluent English speakers. They work closely with each child to promote learning and independence. All lessons are taught in English, and both native and new speakers are supported in language development.
Marymount’s Early Childhood Center has developed its curriculum from the Early Learning and Development Standards from Washington State (U.S.). These standards reflect the latest research on early childhood development with input from leading experts, academics, teachers and parents.
Marymount's Early Childhood program emphasizes the importance of the whole child, addressing each student’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs.
The program focuses on 5 general areas:
- Cognition and General Knowledge
- Physical Well-Being, Health, and Motor Development
- Language, Literacy and Communication
- Social and Emotional Development
- Approaches toward learning
Many of our lessons and activities are geared toward developing our young students’ ability to think critically and analytically. We use activities, books and games to teach our students logic and reasoning, causation and problem solving. Much of this work is done in motivating thematic units, which integrate math, science, literary and social studies. Children also use the creative arts to express and represent what they know, think, believe and feel.
Through indoor and outdoor movement and play, students develop their gross motor skills and physical fitness by jumping, balancing, running, skipping, tricycling and dancing. Fine motor skills come with games, buttoning, zipping, arts and crafts, drawing, cutting and glueing – all of which prepare young hands for good penmanship. Sensorimotor skills are enhanced by activities and lessons which involve exploring the senses. Children are taught about personal care, nutrition, and safety through units of study, and these concepts are reinforced through consistent daily habits.
In the classroom, effective communication begins with listening and speaking. Children practice listening and responding through songs, chants and stories. They are encouraged through play to respond in conversation with their peers. Games, dress-up and imaginary play are important in developing a child’s expressive language. Students learn new vocabulary and improve comprehension through literacy lessons, small group work and one-on-one work with their teachers. Students are immersed in English, and those students who are new to the language begin acquiring proficiency in Early Childhood.
Caring adults provide the model for kind and trusting relationships as children engage in interactions with grown-ups and peers. Through lessons, activities and games, children learn to develop friendships, to cooperate, and to emphasize and use positive negotiation skills. Over time, children gain an awareness of their behavior and its effects on others as well as a greater awareness of their emotions. With reassurance and guidance, children become independent in the classroom and more confident in diverse settings.
We strive to promote life-long learners at Marymount. This attitude is shaped and cultivated at an early age. We feel that children need to follow their own curiosity and interests to learn new things. Children learn to demonstrate initiative by asking questions and making suggestions. We encourage children to persist when facing a challenge and to approach daily activities with creativity and inventiveness. Lastly, we develop reflectiveness in our students, so that they can learn from their experiences.
Marymount's Early Childhood Center program values the importance of rest patterns in the children's daily program.
Children in EC are encouraged to rest after lunch. The Early Childhood Center has a designated room for napping, complete with sleeping mats, dimmed lights and quiet music. If children prefer, they may participate in quiet activities.
Marymount's Early Childhood Center also places great attention on quality nutrition.
Quality nutrition helps young bodies grow and develop. Marymount offers a morning snack and afternoon snack, as well as a healthy, balanced lunch. Snacks may include pizza, bread, biscuits, yogurt and fruit. Lunches offer a first course of pasta or risotto and a second course of meat or fish and vegetables, along with bread. Children choose milk or water with their meal and are welcome to take second helpings. Luncheon staff and teachers supervise these mealtimes and monitor the children’s eating habits and preferences.
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Flexible "Early Bird"and"After Care" Hours for Early Childhood 1 & 2
Early Childhood 1 and 2 students have the option, available as needed, of being dropped off between 8:00 a.m to 8:30 a.m. and of being picked up any time from the end of the school day (3:20 p.m.) until 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon activities include play time in the Early Childhood Garden, construction games, quiet reading time, art activities, science explorations and story time!
Ms. Helen Davico
Elementary School Principal
Ms. Jackie O'Farrell
Early Childhood Coordinator