The Early Learners program is designed to develop a sense of wonder and curiosity and to train children in good habits, all while laying the foundation for reading, writing, mathematics, and science.
Because children at this age are on different developmental levels, our curriculum is focused more on exposure than mastery. We offer an enriching curriculum that introduces children to a wide variety of topics. The teachers read excellent literature; introduce the children to phonograms, numbers, and patterns; and work with manipulatives to improve their fine motor skills.
There is much to be taught through the study of nature. It is used to teach children to think by categorizing, to observe and inspect, focus and pay attention, and discuss difficult topics to teach them about the sovereignty of God. The proximity of our “Learning Garden” to the early learner classrooms is intentional, providing a quick access for teachers to demonstrate “hands on” learning and provide our students with much-needed playtime outside.
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Our teachers are passionate about helping families thrive; they spend much time mentoring and coming alongside parents to shepherd and raise their children. It is a team effort; we believe in bringing in both the mother and father into conversations. The parent/teacher relationship at Providence is unique; we work with parents both inside and outside of the classroom to form their children’s habits, train their minds, and shape their hearts. We intentionally hire seasoned teachers in our early learners classes so that they can be a trustworthy source of wisdom to parents as they train their children.
We believe that early childhood training begins at home and that time spent in the early years with caring family members cannot be matched by extra hours in a classroom. God has given parents both the privilege and responsibility as the primary teachers of their children. Our abbreviated schedule allows us to provide an enriching experience at school while still allowing ample time for a child to be at home playing, forming strong bonds with siblings, and learning alongside you, the parents.
“The Providence Early Learners program partnered with us to establish a God-centered educational foundation for our children and to provide them more time at home—the benefits of which we see daily.”ROBIN AND KAREN POU, PROVIDENCE PARENTS
The faculty are brimming with early childhood experience. They are a source of godly wisdom; they are just as passionate about coming alongside you, the parents, as they are in training the hearts, minds, and souls of the children. We believe students learn best through imitation. So it is of the utmost importance that the School employs faculty who not only love children, but who also love their subject and are passionate about shepherding students.