CURRICULUM

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NURTURING A LOVE OF LEARNING

In the St. Aidan’s curriculum, the child comes first. We place a strong emphasis on Social/Emotional Development and know that when a child feels safe, secure, self-confident and cared for, they are best able to learn. Optimal learning occurs when children actively participate in their education.

 

St. Aidan’s provides a stimulating environment through hands-on, interactive, play-based activities, developmentally appropriate for young children. Our teachers create an environment that stimulates growth in all of the developmental areas (Social/Emotional, Gross and Fine-Motor, Communication and Cognitive Development). Every child learns and develops differently and we pride ourselves on meeting children where they are and moving them forward at their own pace. Curriculum goals have been developed at each age level based-on Virginia Early

Learning and Development Standards and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice.  In addition, The Pre-K and JK classes incorporate the “Learning Without Tears” handwriting program into their curriculum. The multi-sensory approach engages children through audio, visual and kinesthetic experiences. This program uses interactive tools to sharpen fine-motor development.

  

St. Aidan’s has a large outdoor setting that includes a beautiful playground, wooded walking paths, two outdoor classrooms and an expansive front lawn. With all of these outdoor options, the children spend ample time outdoors

exploring and engaging in nature-based activities during the day.

 

In addition to the classroom curriculum, students participate in chapel, movement, music and library. Children benefit from the expertise of a variety of

trained staff members during this time.

 

At St. Aidan’s, we provide a safe, fun-filled environment that builds the foundation for a lifetime love of learning.