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Foundational Learning

A structured, play-based learning environment ensures preschool and prekindergarten students develop skills and habits that will facilitate kindergarten readiness and independence for their school years. A progressive curriculum that is written by licensed educators offers children a solid foundation for future learning.

Integrated Lessons

Children learn best by exploring topics that are related to things they have already experienced. In RCLS’s Early Childhood Development Center, topics of study are integrated so lessons incorporate learning in many subject areas. The integrated themes of our preschool curriculum include:
 

  • Religion 
  • Language 
  • Mathematics 
  • Social studies 
  • Physical education 
  • Art 
  • Music 
  • Science 
  • Spanish

Whole-child Education

RCLS’s guiding principles and ECDC’s comprehensive curriculum together equip us to nurture students academically, artistically, physically, socially, and spiritually. Art, vocal music, physical education, and technology are included in students’ school day, while Christ-centered teaching and the use of the larger school’s activities and facilities contribute to our mission to educate the whole child.

RCLS’s ECDC is a school within a school. As such, our preschool and prekindergarten students have access to resources and opportunities in the K-8 program--a significant advantage for school-readiness training. Because of our location in the larger school, our preschool and prekindergarten students will participate in or have access to the school’s:
 

  • Music classes
  • Spanish curriculum 
  • Technology program 
  • Library 
  • Hot-lunch program 
  • Christmas program 
  • Field trips 
  • Gym 
  • Reading-buddy program 
  • Special events 
  • Chapel service, where, in "chapel families," ECDC students form affirming relationships with older students.