Early Childhood Program: Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten
While our brains continue to grow into adulthood, research shows that children’s brains grow the most from birth to age five. In fact, their brains grow to 80% of adult size by age three, and to almost 90% by the age of five. Therefore, exposing young children to a nurturing environment that fosters a variety of learning and encourages curiosity is critical to the development of social emotional connections, as well as the development of visual, language, and motor skills. The quality of interactions, the quality of the teachers, and the quality of the environment all play key roles in how our children learn.
GSB’s Early Childhood curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the young child.
Play is a key component along with the scaffolding of teaching young minds the sounds and symbols of our language in preparation for reading. Math lessons are designed to build a child’s full understanding of the sense of number. Manipulatives are a critical component in teaching math concepts, and a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading and math is equally important.
Our teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, which provides instruction using multi-sensory techniques that enhance reading skills. Repetition also helps to develop a child’s learning by promoting the connection of synapses to neurons in the brain. At GSB, we are keenly aware of how children best learn, and we pride ourselves in delivering a program of high quality.
We have expert teachers, employ the best practice techniques for young children, provide a warm and nurturing environment, and analyze how each child learns best. Our results are happy children who continue to express a thirst for learning as they matriculate through the grades.
We provide an academically and socially balanced preschool experience that prepares our children to thrive in elementary school. Our program is play-based with individual and small group academic instruction, intentionally interwoven to ensure each child is appropriately challenged and supported as they develop early cognitive skills.
A Place to Grow and Explore
We believe the world is our classroom and, for our youngest students, this means daily outdoor play and visits to our garden and farm. Our farm manager brings chicks, lambs, goats, and other animals from our farm to visit the students as part of their animal study.
Friday Friends is a social emotional curriculum delivered to our youngest learners, preschool and prekindergarten students, to encourage building awareness and skills in being a good friend, which are aligned with our school's core values. This includes accepting and celebrating differences and similarities, respect, cooperation, problem-solving, and empathy.
Our faculty is comprised of experienced preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten teachers who are warm and nurturing. They are deeply knowledgeable about early childhood education, including child development, curriculum, and instruction. Our teachers take pride in carefully preparing the classroom environment and the schedule of activities with the right balance of play and work.