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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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Pre-K Program

Pre-K Program

Schedule

Pre K children outside playing and reading

Our Pre-K students are typically in a class with two teachers and up to twelve children. They attend school five days a week and have the option 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.

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

A Typical Day

7:30 to 8:30 Early care
8:30 Arrival
8:30 to 9:15 Free play
9:30 to 10:30 Center time - rotate through 1 art, 1 snack, 1 academic station
10:30 to 11:00 Special (Music, Spanish, Physical Education, School Sing)
11:00 to 11:45 Outdoor play
11:45 to 12:00 Story time
12:00 to 12:30 Lunch
12:30 Dismissal for half-day children
12:30 to 1:45 Outdoor play
2:00 to 2:30 Rest time
2:30 to 2:45 Snack
2:45 to 3:30 Special (Cooking, Soccer Shots, Dance, Play Practice)
3:30 Dismissal for full-day children
3:30 to 5:30 Free play
5:30 Dismissal for aftercare children

Pre K girls painting and doing crafts at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool

Pre-K Approach

In Pre-K, we continue to teach the children through a play-based curriculum. During this year, they prepare for Kindergarten by learning to recognize sight words and develop skills like counting and phonemic awareness. But a large part of school readiness is about having executive functioning skills — for example, being able to initiate a project on their own, manage their time, and think through how they want to solve the problem at hand.

We design the Pre-K day so that academic skills are learned in concert with developing executive functioning skills. One of the ways we do this is by not structuring the day down to the minute; instead, we create enough space during activities for the children to practice these critical skills.

Center Time Example
In addition to practicing skills, we use center time as a time to practice taking personal responsibility. During center time we deliberately allow the children to decide which center to start with rather than assigning a center or assigning teams. This gives them a sense of self-determination and autonomy. They are then responsible for completing that day’s activities in the required time. For example, during an art activity they have to self-regulate so that they don’t get lost in the details and end up only getting half way through the project. This is hard for 4 year-olds to do. It takes practice! They also take responsibility for the snack activity; they pour their own drink and serve themselves by counting out the amount of the snack written on the snack card (5 carrots and 2 apple slices). For the academic activity, they practice drawing shapes, skip counting, and letter projects independently and with teacher support.

Our goal is to provide our students with academic challenges, the confidence that comes from being able to do things for yourself, the joy of playing and working with others, and the peace that comes from feeling included.

Repeatedly, we are told by parents that when our children go to Kindergarten they are more than just prepared. They are ready to learn.

curriculum

Social & Emotional Development

Pre K children doing a puzzle at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool
  • Connect actions and consequences; accept responsibility for his/her own behavior

  • Express feelings, opinions and needs in socially acceptable terms

  • Know how/when to use 911

  • Pursue challenges; be willing to take appropriate risks to stretch growth

  • Increase concentration

  • Respect differences

  • Respect rights and property of others

  • Share and cooperate with others

  • Exhibit kindness to others

  • Demonstrate conflict resolution strategies

  • Show empathy

  • Work with others to help solve problems

Literacy & Language Development

  • Blend two and three phonemes; segment phonemes

  • Substitute initial sounds

  • Isolate ending sounds

  • Distinguish between fiction and non-fiction

  • Determine cause and effect, categorize and classify

  • Identify recurring themes across works

  • Identify rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems

  • Identify, retell important facts from an informational text

  • Derive meaning from non verbal and verbal cues

  • Speak in complete sentences with subject/verb agreement

  • Begin to understand simple multiple-meaning words, homonyms, synonyms, antonyms

  • Begin to understand naming words, action words, describing words

  • Listen to and engage in sustained conversation (five or more exchanges)

  • Decode CVC words into blended words and syllables

  • Dictate words, phrases, ideas, experiences, story events, sentences

  • Use pictures, signs, symbols to represent oral language, ideas, stories

  • Write own name

  • Write five or more recognizable upper- or lowercase letters and numbers

Math

  • Build understanding of size as related to space

  • Make connections between 2-D and 3-D forms

  • Begin to categorize time intervals

  • Explore the concept of capacity, weight, and mass

  • Explore using standard and non-standard measures for length, area and weight

  • Estimate length, size, distance and time

  • Name standard tools for measuring time, temperature, length, capacity and weight

  • Count by ones to 50

  • Use one-to-one correspondence to arrange and compare sets

  • Recognize and describe the concept of zero

  • Use numbers to predict, estimate and make realistic guesses

  • Combine and separate sets of objects to create a new set

  • Identify alternative ways to solve a problem

Science

  • Observe, describe and use safe tools and procedures

  • Ask questions about and investigate objects, events and organisms

  • Describe observations and record events

  • Compare and contrast data

  • Sort objects and organisms into groups and describe organization

  • Identify animals and plants as living things

  • Expand knowledge and respect for own body and the environment

  • Apply understanding of life cycles to plants and animals

  • Observe and explore how materials change, react, and interact when combined

  • Observe, explore and manipulate simple machines, magnets and electricity

  • Manipulate, observe, compare weight and motion of concrete objects

Social Studies

  • Identify and describe similarities and differences among people

  • Begin to understand family history and relationships

  • Observe and describe features of natural, human-made, familiar and unfamiliar places

  • Learn important information about his/her immediate area

  • Recognize that people create food, clothing and shelter from natural resources

  • Recognize that there are steps involved in making something

  • Become aware of what it means to be a consumer

Fine Arts

  • Create more detailed, creative, or realistic artwork

  • Share ideas about personal artwork

  • Show interest in the artwork of others

  • Express feelings through movement

  • Engage in dramatic play with others

  • “Make believe” with objects

  • Dramatize stories, experience, poems, finger plays and moods

Health & Safety

  • Explore balance

  • Integrate body movement with senses, distinguish left from right; use one side of

    body at a time

  • Strengthen bilateral coordination and alternating the left and right sides of the body

  • Participate in activities that build left to right visual progression

  • Use writing and drawing tools with control and intention

  • Understand the need for exercise and rest

  • Recognize and select healthy foods

  • Communicate to another the danger of a behavior

  • Learn to use tools, utensils and materials safely

  • Utilize appropriate health and safety procedures

  • Recognize the danger of fire