Early Childhood Program

Early Childhood

Our Mission

We believe that early childhood development between the ages of three and six is fundamental to future success. Therefore, our mission is to ensure the social, emotional and academic development of young students through our thoughtfully designed curriculum. Building self-confidence and a sense of pride in learning, combined with promoting strong character development, are the hallmarks of success at Guthrie. Our Early Childhood students are prepared to be leaders in their elementary classrooms.

 

Early Childhood I

Early Childhood I students are rising or young four year olds who are developmentally ready to benefit academically and socially from teacher-guided group instruction. Key elements of our EC-I curriculum include:

  • Fine motor development including proper pincher grip
  • Manuscript of letters and numbers
  • Letter recognition and phonics – Level I
  • Sight words – Level I
  • Literature comprehension – Level I
  • Beginning reading training – Level I
  • Unit-based vocabulary training
  • Unit-based social studies and science – Level I
  • Speech development through multiple presentation opportunities
  • One-to-one counting and numeration – Level I
  • Basic addition – Level I
  • Patterning, puzzles and spatial training – Level I
  • Gross motor development through active play and scheduled PE class
  • Chinese or Spanish three times per week
  • Music, including an end-of-year performance
  • Art

 

Early Childhood II

Early Childhood II students are older fours or rising five year olds who are developmentally ready to benefit academically and socially from teacher-guided group instruction. The EC-II program builds naturally on the concepts introduced in EC-II. Key elements of our EC-II curriculum include:

  • Reinforcing fine motor development including proper pencil grip
  • Manuscript of words and sentences
  • Letter recognition and phonics – Level II
  • Sight words – Level II
  • Literature comprehension – Level II
  • Beginning reading training – Level II
  • Unit-based vocabulary training
  • Unit-based social studies and science – Level II
  • Speech development through performances, including a class play
  • One-to-one counting and numeration – Level II
  • Basic addition – Level II
  • Basic subtraction – Level I
  • Patterning, puzzles and spatial training – Level II
  • Gross motor development through active play and scheduled PE class
  • Chinese or Spanish three times per week
  • Music, including an end-of-year performance
  • Art

 

Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten students are older fours or young five year olds who are developmentally ready to benefit academically and socially from teacher-guided group instruction. Junior Kindergarten students may not have had the benefit of attending our EC-II program or may need the gift of additional time to further grow and develop before attending Kindergarten. Key elements of our Junior Kindergarten curriculum include:

  • Mastering fine motor development including proper pencil grip
  • Manuscript of words and sentences
  • Beginning sentence writing
  • Letter recognition and phonics – Level II
  • Sight words – Level II
  • Literature comprehension – Level II
  • Beginning reading training – Level II
  • Unit-based vocabulary training
  • Unit-based social studies and science – Level II
  • Speech development through performances, including a class play
  • One-to-one counting and numeration – Level II
  • Basic addition – Level II
  • Basic subtraction – Level I
  • Patterning, puzzles and spatial training – Level II
  • Gross motor development through active play and scheduled PE class
  • Chinese or Spanish three times per week
  • Music, including an end-of-year performance
  • Art

 

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students are five year olds who are developmentally ready to benefit academically and socially from teacher-guided group instruction. The Kindergarten program builds naturally on the concepts introduced in EC-II or Junior Kindergarten. Key elements of our Kindergarten curriculum include:

  • Mastering fine motor development including proper pencil grip
  • Manuscript of sentences and paragraphs
  • Beginning writing of a variety of genres (personal narratives, short stories, how to’s, journal entries and poetry)
  • Complete first grade level language arts curriculum
  • Letter recognition and phonics – Level III
  • Sight words – Level III
  • Literature comprehension – Level III
  • Beginning reading training – Level III
  • Unit-based vocabulary training
  • Unit-based social studies and science – Level III
  • Speech development through performances, including a class play
  • Ability-based math groupings to include first and second grade skills
  • Patterning, puzzles and spatial training – Level III
  • Gross motor development through active play and scheduled PE class
  • Chinese or Spanish three times per week
  • Music, including an end-of-year performance
  • Art