Our Classical preschool program is designed to introduce young learners from the ages of three to four to the Good True and Beautiful ideas of Classical Education. We look to nurture and instill curiosity that will turn young scholars into lifelong learners.
Our preschool program is filled with hands-on learning through investigation, exploration, and play with their peers. The playground is just as important as the beginnings of learning letters and basic math.
Through intentional, age-appropriate learning activities, and our purposefully designed learning we create an environment to set the little ones on their journey into Classical Education. Our teachers are trained to bring early Grammar stage Classical Education elements to the classroom. The classrooms are full of Renaissance artists, classical music, and a deep dive into thematic history units which are the hallmark of a K-12 Classical Education. Our curriculum, calendars, and resource library help with dozens of fun ideas to bring the historical time period of history to life.
A typical classical school model begins with Ancients in 1st, 5th and 9th grades and then continues to 12th grade. We saw a need (and heard the demand!) for younger children to begin their learning journey earlier, and so we created a classical approach to preschool and then kindergarten. We call our program Junior K for the 4-year-olds and Classical Kinder for the 5’s. Our curriculum was built by teachers in the classroom that tried, tested, and perfected an offering of month-long units that meet the unique needs of preschoolers. We researched the research on early education and child development and blended it with elements of the classical education model.
In these early years, we balance education with purposeful play. We begin the student's long journey into learning about values and virtues which are designed to nurture the whole child.
The Ethos Logos Pre-K program is designed to allow children to thrive in all areas of life. We help facilitate the development of creative thinkers, problem solvers, self-confident and independent beings who will grow up to be great students and caring, happy, and productive adults.
Our Pre-K operation modules include licensing requirements, operational procedures, teacher training, and parent engagement suggestions.
Look for these elements in a Classical Pre-School:
Early mathematics – in preparation for kindergarten, we start working on the foundations of numbers, tens, addition, and subtraction. The Saxon Math K program is introduced in the Junior K classes with their interactive math wall a part of every student's day.
Memorization - Recitation
Songs, chants, poems, and rhymes should be playfully memorized. As students move on through the classical model, these memorization skills will advance, but in Pre-K we start the journey of basic memorization of small poems.
Early Reading -- Charolette Mason Read Alouds
Pre-K is the time to instill the love of reading in your child. We include a heavy dose of reading, read alouds and letter formation, and phonetic instruction for early reading. We introduce solid, classical literature for young readers. Einstein was asked how do you raise a child to be a genius? His response was to read to them fairy tales. The great works of Aesops Fables or Bill Bennetts Book of Virtues are staples in our schools. These stories have a message that withstands the test of time.
The Ethos Logos Pre-K Curriculum is designed to prepare young children for later reading success by building foundational language and literacy skills. We start the 4-year-olds with grammar jingles and begin building their vocabulary through classical stories and fairy tales. As a Charlotte Mason influenced program, the little scholars will participate in engaging read alouds, basic recitations, thematic arts and crafts, music and movement, fine and gross motor skills development, science through hands-on nature studies, interactive mathematics basics, and introduction of the Saxon daily math wall, and much, much more.
Early History -- Hands-On Experimental
Children are naturally curious. They want to know about early people and how they lived. At this stage, history is not about dates and facts but what life was like in a family during the Roman Empire or what type of school did children their age attend during the founding of America? These time periods will be covered again and again during their years in our classical model. Each story builds upon the next. We are opening doors to curiosity and deepening their understanding of time, place, and other peoples.
Classical Arts -- Tactile and Interactive
Our Classical Pre-Schools are heavily focused on the arts. From tactile hands-on learning to beginning an early appreciation of the great works of art and music from history. It is not uncommon for your 4-year-old to hear a classical work of music in a store and be able to identify who the composer was. Jackson Pollack is a fun time to play with texture and learn new techniques. When the children start looking at quality art early, their minds become filled with classical beauty.