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Early Childhood

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade

Our Early Childhood program consists of full-day Preschool 3-4, Kindergarten and First Grade. Each Early Childhood section is limited to 15-18 students and taught by a certified Early Childhood teacher. Preschool sections are also staffed by a certified teacher and full-time aide.

The primary learning outcome of the Early Childhood program is to address the whole child in the areas of social, creative, cognitive, physical, and emotional development. Activities and lessons are designed to ensure a developmentally appropriate, child-centered program. The curriculum is teacher-created and responsive to the children’s interests, needs, and individual levels of development.

We believe that young children learn best through play and meaningful experiences. Structured activities are coupled with free explorations at various learning centers that are visited by the youngsters throughout the day. These centers include dramatic play, puzzles, sand and water measuring, cooking, computer, reading corner, and construction area. Other centers are often built around interdisciplinary themes or units.

Academics are approached in a developmentally appropriate manner. It is important that children at this age develop an experiential background and a love of learning. The language arts curriculum focuses on four main components: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Everyday Math, which is the basis of the primary math experience, emphasizes that math is a real part of everyday life. The science curriculum allows children to explore and observe the world around them. The social studies curriculum is designed to help children organize and develop their perception of themselves and their world. Students are also take a trimester of French, Spanish and Mandarin, forming the base for their study of world languages throughout their Lower School years.

Character education, including self-esteem and social skills, teaches "the MPA Way" (Be Kind and Do Your Best) through role modeling and positive social interactions. The wellness program further enhances these themes.

Additional Information:

Curriculum Guide (PDF)

  • Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum
  • Kindergarten Curriculum
  • First Grade Curriculum

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