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505 E. Buck Rd
Wilmington, DE, 19807
United States

(302) 472-0021

Christ Church Episcopal Preschool educates young children, creates community among school, families, and church, and honors and nurtures children in the Episcopal tradition. We welcome children aged two to five in small classes where all are affirmed as children of God and are inspired and encouraged to become their best selves—socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. 

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2-Year-Old Program

2-Year-Old Program

Schedule

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Our 2-year-olds are typically in a class with two teachers and up to ten children. They have the option of attending school three days a week or five days a week and of staying at school from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM or from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Early care is also available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and after care is available from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

The 2-year-old classrooms are downstairs, right next to the playgrounds to make it easy to play outside.

Each day we serve lunch that’s made in our kitchen and two snacks.

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Approach

In the 2-year-old program, the children do a lot of learning through play — play moments that are designed to build a foundation for academic learning. In music class, we may practice tapping to the beat of the music, which will help them to break words into phonemes when they’re in the 3-year old program.

During outdoor time, they may spend the whole time climbing the jungle gym which builds core body strength and is the precursor to fine motor control for letter writing. In dance and physical education, they do many crossing mid-line exercises, which are necessary to be able to write the letter ‘X’, to draw a triangle, or to track a line of text with their eyes when they begin to read.

curriculum

Social & Emotional Development

  • Grow in awareness of self

  • Identify self by categories (gender, age, family, relationships)

  • Know first name

  • Develop a positive self-concept and self-esteem

  • Contribute to classroom responsibility

  • Share and cooperate with others

  • Initiate play situations and learn how to establish relationships with friends

  • Use good manners

  • Help others in need

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Literacy & Language Develop

  • Increase vocabulary and use in new contexts

  • Identify and produce oral rhymes

  • Name and describe pictured objects

  • Express familiar routines, follows directions

  • Tell simple personal narratives

  • Use position and sensory words

  • Show growing interest and involvement in a variety of books and poetry

  • Independently engage in reading behavior

  • Enjoy being read to, and hearing stories

  • Recognize favorite books and understand that reading is informative

  • Recognize own written name in a variety of contexts

  • Recognize letters as distinct from numbers and other objects

Math

  • Recognize and name shapes and solids

  • Predict, reproduce, and create simple patterns

  • Create simple repeating patterns

  • Understand objects which are the same and different

  • Begin to sort objects

  • Count by ones to ten

  • Identify first, middle and last in a series

  • Assemble simple puzzles

Science

  • Continually grow in observations of the world around us

  • Recognize primary colors

  • Develop the five senses

Social Studies

  • Begin to understand the way that people form a community

  • Understand human relationships and roles

  • Grow in awareness of religious and national holidays

Fine Arts

  • Experience different media

  • Talk about art

  • Participate in group music and learn some songs to sing independently

  • Create original artwork

  • Explore new instruments and types of music

  • Engage in dramatic play with other children

  • “Make believe” with objects

Health & Safety

  • Develop strength and endurance

  • Walk up and down stairs

  • Run, hop and climb

  • Put coats and jackets on independently

  • Strengthen muscles in hands and fingers

  • Begin to use tools such as crayons, paint brushes and scissors

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods

  • Wash hands after toileting and before eating

  • Learn to stay away from fire and not to touch electrical outlets

  • Understand not to put things (except food) into the mouth

  • Develop an awareness of keeping oneself and others safe