"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" ~ Nelson Mandela
2-Year Old Preschool Class
The two-year-old curriculum will focus on fundamental skill development that will foster self-awareness, independence and positive social skills to increase their ability to participate in a group situation. This will be accomplished in a warm, safe, supportive environment with a balance of structured activities and free play (indoors and outdoors). Children will be introduced to art through the use of hands-on open-ended crafts designed to allow for exploration and creativity.
3-Year Old Preschool Class
Epworth strives to create a warm, supportive environment that includes a good balance of structure and free play. Each day offers a schedule of age appropriate activities for 3 year old children. Open-ended/structured activities, art activities, music/rhyme, instruments/songs, stories/fingerplays, color/shape recognition, name recognition, alphabet recognition, rhyming concepts, number concepts, muscle development, classification, comparatives, role playing/creative dramatics, listening activities, directional concepts, water/sand exploration, and cooperative play are all incorporated into the daily plans.
4-Year Old (Pre-Kindergarten Class)
Epworth strives to create a warm, supportive environment that includes a good balance of structure and free play. Each day offers a schedule of age appropriate activities for 4-year-old children. Open-ended/structured activities, music/songs, rhythm instruments, stories/fingerplays, early literature, color and shape review, name recognition, letter recognition, number recognition, development of gross and fine motor, classification/sorting, seriation (small to large), sequential order, comparatives, matching items, role playing, creative dramatics, listening activities, problem solving, and much more are all incorporated into the daily plans.
The Epworth Kindergarten program consists of a curriculum that is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education, emphasizing hands-on, developmentally appropriate experiences. The class is limited to 18 children with a Maryland State certified teacher and an assistant. The beginning reading skills program will include learning the purpose of letter/sound relationships, journal writing and exposure to a variety of literature. Through the writing of daily plans, the children will begin to recognize basic sight words, color words and rhyming words. The math skills program will include work with Unifix cubes, graphing, patterning, counting using one to one correspondence, numeral recognition and writing, beginning of addition and subtraction and measurement experiences. The program includes hands on work with manipulative that enable the child to explore number relationships and patterns.
Lessons on God’s Love
Children will learn about God's love and how this can be practiced in their lives through “The Fruit of the Spirit”: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Children will focus on one or two Bible stories every month in a format that helps them take practical application home in their minds and hearts.