Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood Program at the Academy of the Sacred Heart provides a caring learning environment for children from birth through age 4, guided by the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education. Dedicated teachers provide an array of experiences that build self-confidence, promote a sense of security, stimulate curiosity and encourage creative responses.
- To ensure that each child's first learning experiences outside the home are positive and happy ones
- To help children become aware of their unique gifts
- To build self-confidence
- To provide experiences that stimulate questions and creative responses
- To build verbal communication skills in the areas of wants, needs and feelings
- To develop social awareness through relationships and responsibilities to others and their surroundings
- To help children learn to reflect on their relationships with others and the beauty of nature
Children benefit from a flexible, developmental program where they explore and build self-confidence through play. Age-appropriate activities are designed for, and specific to, the needs of each child, with weekly themes woven into the structure of the day. Children listen to and make music, create art, visit the library, learn finger plays, discuss religion, play in the sand, listen to stories and poems, and become aware of the world around them. Children play outdoors for 30 minutes for every three hours of programming, weather permitting.
As early childhood educators, the faculty creates a caring atmosphere with myriad opportunities to stimulate the brain during its most active state of development, building a foundation for academic and social successes in the future. The program combines a variety of teaching philosophies, which include Montessori, learning through play, High-Scope, multiple intelligences and more, and is designed to create life-long learners by instilling a love of learning from an early age. Optimal development of attention, memory, social cognition, language and neuro-motor function are central to the program.
Children in the Early Childhood Program also benefit from opportunities to participate in the larger Academy of the Sacred Heart community. The interaction between the older and younger children, both within the Early Childhood Program and throughout the school, allows younger children to strive and learn from the older children, who in turn have the opportunity to model behaviors and share their knowledge with the younger students.
The Early Childhood Program has access to the many resources of the Academy of the Sacred Heart as well. The 44-acre campus includes a nature center, play structures, a multi-sport Field House, media center and chapel in addition to the instructional areas. The dedicated faculty is supported by a professional staff that includes a school nurse and counselors.
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