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Early Childhood Curriculum

"Mom! Today I was Line Leader!"
"We read a funny book today! Are some eggs really green?"
"Today in Science, I got to touch a chick. It was fuzzy!"
"Today on the playground, I was the captain of the ship!"
"I played the triangle in music class today!"
"Dad! Today was the best day ever!"
--- Our Many Preschool Experts!
 
Celebrating 50 Years

The Early Childhood program at St. John's Parish Day School has been one of the crown jewel pre-schools of Howard County for nearly 50 years. 2015 marks our 50th Anniversary!

We believe every child's first school experience should be a magical one! St. John's Parish Day School is a stimulating environment where children explore, discover, laugh, grow and learn at their own pace.

Children's days are filled with meaningful experiences in a nurturing, safe and inspiring environment. It has been described as a "tiny experience with big opportunity!" Our curriculum is time-tested and unique to St. John's - we do not buy it off a shelf. St. John's uniquely balances academics and meaningful play. Guided Play is a key method used by our degreed and highly skilled teaching team to jump start the educational journey.

Small classes give our teachers the time to give each student the attention they need to flourish. Questions are encouraged and inspire eager learners. Children feel valued and respected - the ultimate confidence builders. Children spend time with a team of talented specialist teachers in science, art, media/technology, physical education and music in classrooms designed for each area of study.

Daily Chapel

Children experience chapel everyday, led by teachers, staff and the school's Chaplain. This time serves as a time of community, prayer, song and reflection. We provide an atmosphere that fosters spiritual grounding in the Episcopal tradition with respect for the beliefs of people of all faiths.

The Lower School Connection

Benefits of St. John's Parish Day School Early Childhood Program sharing a building with the Lower School (Kg through Grade 5) are endless. Our three- and four-year-olds are paired with Lower School students as part of our Book Buddies program. The pairs get together regularly to read books, do arts and crafts projects, attend All School Chapel and school assemblies, and other events throughout the year. Our Lower School students model stellar behavior in the halls; pride for their school through uniforms and school service projects; and excellence in education through student work displays such as art pieces, science projects, special unit museums and more. Our preschoolers can grow in place through Grade 5. St. John's Graduates go on to the best private and public schools the region has to offer.

Beyond the Classroom

At St. John's the classroom is merely a stepping-stone into the world around us. From venturing outside for science class to taking full advantage of our close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, DC, opportunities for wonder and discovery are limitless. Our little friends get tons of visitors as well from the local fire department to marine biologists from the Baltimore Aquarium to visiting authors and zoo animals!

Guidance & Discipline

Our classrooms and programs are designed to meet the needs of busy, energetic children so that discipline problems are minimal and quickly resolved. Children are encouraged to talk through and put words to their feelings. If a friend is having a rough day and happens to be disruptive he/she is encouraged to take a moment out to calm themselves, think and join the group again when he/she is ready.