Early Childhood

Marymount’s Early Childhood Center

 

Flexible "Early Bird" and "After Care" Hours
for Early Childhood 1 & 2

Early Childhood 1 and 2 students have the option, to be used in case of need, o fbeing dropped off from 8:00am to 8:30am 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 EC Garden, construction games, quiet reading time, art activities, science explorations and story time!

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Marymount's Early Childhood Center (EC1 for children 3-4 years of age; EC2 for children 4-5 years of age) is the perfect place to give your child a strong educational foundation. We offer a dynamic program which challenges and supports children to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful and happy learners.


Our Early Childhood 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
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.

Physical Well-Being, Health, and Motor Development
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.

Language, Literacy and Communication
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.

Social and Emotional Development
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.

Approaches Toward Learning
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 also places great attention on quality nutrition and the importance of rest patterns in the children's daily program.

Lunch and Snack
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.

Nap Time
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.

Spiritual Education
All religious traditions are welcome at Marymount. Our religious education seeks to help children receive and respond to the great gift of God’s personal and deep love for them. Children give thanks and praise to God through regular prayers and song.

Enrichment
Weekly enrichment classes are taught by specialist teachers who come into the classroom. We offer enrichment in art, music, physical education and library.

Extra-Curricular Activities
Starting in EC2, children may participate in after school activities. Activities run from 3:30 - 4:30 pm and include such activities as soccer, swimming, arts and crafts, music and dance.
 
Bus transportation is available to students beginning in EC2.

 

Sample Schedule

  • Exploratory Centers
  • Morning Meeting
  • Literacy or Math Lesson
  • Music, Art or Physical Education
  • Snack
  • Garden Recess
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Time
  • Social Studies or Science
  • Story Time

 

In addition to the academic concepts studied at each level, all Early Childhood students participate in the following subjects:

ART

Art is an integral part of the EC program in which artwork is often linked to a class theme. The students learn about and practice a wide range of artistic techniques. Art is also an enjoyable vehicle that enhances the children’s fine motor skills. The EC also makes a concerted effort to expose the children to works of fine art in order to encourage an greater aesthetic sensibility and appreciation, particularly given the school’s location in one of the world’s great capitals of art.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The children in EC participate in a balanced program of physical activities encompassing gymnastics, dance, and ball games, the purpose of which is to develop motor skills and at the same time offer the opportunity for students to develop social skills such as turn taking, fairness, and teamwork.

MUSIC

The music program offers each child the opportunity for active participation in the process of performing and responding to a wide range of music. The program encourages the development of personal skills and an enjoyment of others’ talents. Because music is a pleasurable activity that builds confidence and is a powerful tool for language acquisition, EC students enjoy listening to and making music often throughout the day. Performances by EC students on Marymount’s main stage are some of the most endearing moments of the school year.

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Principal
Ms. Helen Davico
EC Coordinator
Ms. Jackie O'Farrell