Teaching and Learning

Early Childhood

Early Childhood

St. Edmund’s Academy’s distinctive emphasis on social, emotional, and cognitive development begins from students’ very first day in our Early Childhood Program and extends to the end of their 8th grade year. From the beginning, we place emphasis on the whole-child--meeting all children at their own levels and helping them progress forward.
 
In the Early Childhood Program, the climate is nurturing while still challenging students to learn, to discover, and to be a good friend. Our teachers foster an excitement and passion for learning in students that we maintain and enhance throughout their years at St. Edmund’s. Our students explore a lot each day—in the classroom, at lunch, on the play deck, on field trips, or while interacting with their “buddies” from the older grades or engaged in community service activities.

Classroom activities are thematic and enriched with creative, hands-on activities centered on literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, art, and technology.
 
Music, library, computers, and physical education – along with healthy doses of outdoor playtime—round out very busy and fun days for our students. Teachers work with students to develop problem solving skills, foster cooperation, and support the mastery of new skills. They support each child’s learning while creating caring relationships with every student by modeling and teaching our Core Values through each lesson and each interaction.

Student independence increases with each grade, and students are given opportunities to make developmentally-appropriate choices that promote positive self-esteem, ownership of learning, and a strong sense of compassion and kindness in our students.
 
By the time they are ready to move on to 1st grade, our students have made significant advancements in their cognitive development, but they have also had a lot of fun and made good friends—firmly on the path to becoming Lower School students who are not only smart, but also good and kind.
“Our students are kind, caring, always smiling.  They get excited about learning and they learn a lot.  They enjoy being in school and being a part of the community.  I watch my little PreK students go down the hall smiling and waving to everyone, and everyone knows them too.”  

--SEA Teacher