Curriculum

 

Philosophy


For 70 years, our Leadership, Faculty, and Staff have devoted themselves to crafting an educational experience at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School built on a foundation of academic excellence. All Saints’ values a structured and traditionally balanced curriculum, while simultaneously incorporating contemporary and innovative learning activities to challenge and motivate our young students to create and explore. The curriculum at All Saints’ is project-based, and each of the academic themes presented by our Teachers are well supported by each classroom’s dedicated learning centers. These centers are equipped with various teaching tools, technology, and guidance to build a child’s abilities in math, phonics, socialization, and creative play. We understand that early childhood education is a crucial building block of a child’s academic career, and our students are prepared for success in all areas of study, each one of them leaving All Saints’ well equipped for the school years that lie ahead.

 

Unique & Adaptable


All Saints’ relies upon a student-centered program that accommodates a variety of learning styles and developmental levels, allowing our Teachers to respect, support, and nurture each child and set them on their path in the love of learning. All Saints’ enourages independence and responsibility on our campus to aid our students during their transition from home to school, and offers support and appropriate educational options when necessary.

 

Play-Based Learning


At All Saints’, the curriculum development and implementation are guided by the knowledge that children learn by active exploration. The Faculty in our early childhood programs serve as educational guides – they prepare the environment so that it provides stimulating learning experiences for students with challenging materials and activities. They encourage skill mastery through well planned play, which includes time for the manipulation of interesting objects and time for social interaction.  Knowing that free choice is an essential component in early childhood learning, each classroom has several “centers” and activities daily, and students have opportunities to move among them. Within these environments, students direct their own activities, while the Faculty observes students closely to determine what concepts they grasp while continually posing additional challenges to push their thinking further. Each class approaches its curriculum through the lens of a year-long series of thematic explorations into the world around them. Students are encouraged to look beyond what they already know to the exciting possibilities that remain to be explored and mastered.

 

Tailored To Each Family


Teachers delight in reporting and celebrating a child’s success, but are also honest enough to lovingly discuss with parents concerns they have about a child’s behavior or learning style. All Saints’ understands that children cannot and should not be placed in a “cookie-cutter-like” fashion and sets forth guidelines as a means to help begin to identify the potentially right class for your child. All Saints’ recognizes that a parent can offer invaluable assistance in the assessment of one’s child and strives to work with each parent together with an evaluation by the Head of School and Faculty to find the “just-right” place for your child.

 

Integrated Academic Programs


Within each of the School’s class programs All Saints’ includes a variety of subsequent special classes. With each special subject, the emphasis is not on formal instruction but rather on active, creative participation. All Saints’ tailors such subjects so that the content is delivered without ideas of success or failure, but rather on the enjoyment and achievement of learning something new

Library

The School’s Library collection includes almost 4,000 books and is located at the center of our classrooms, designed to excite our young students about the adventure of reading.  In addition to learning how to care for books, students are also taught the basic book classifications and location on the Library shelves for the different categories.  The School’s Librarian has completed the necessary coursework in Library and Information Sciences to receive her school library certification, and reads a book to each of the classrooms weekly, usually related to the theme the students are studying.  Students in the Pre-K, Pre-K II, and Kindergarten classes are allowed to check out and take a book home each week.

Music

A trained Music Together Teacher meets with each class once a week, from the 3’s Program through Kindergarten. These classes include a variety of children’s songs, listening activities, movement and musical instrument awareness. The curriculum is then reinforced throughout the week in the classrooms. Additionally, parents are invited to join the class once a semester for A Music With Me sing-along.

Visual Arts

Various art and craft projects are a consistent part of the daily classroom curriculum, placing an emphasis on learning through process. All Saints’ acknowledges the difference between project art and creative arts, and provides for expression of both in the classroom. While a hands‑on process is viewed as integral part of a child’s needs in art, seasonal and holiday craft projects are also viewed as meaningful and satisfying. Each class regularly provides open‑ended materials for individual artistic expression and the product is determined in its entirety by the child rather than the Teacher. Works of art are readily displayed and some are also retained throughout the year in preparation for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Spanish

All Saints’ introduces experiences in the Spanish language to each of the classes at least twice a week. The Teachers use varied activities of music, stories, poems, games, and discussions. The children learn to appreciate our multilingual world, in addition to developing an “ear” and the muscles of the tongue necessary for a new language.

Movement

Students attend a movement class once each week. This class uses Be Fit, a preschool physical activity and motor skills development curriculum for children ages 3 to 6 from Healthy Start and the early childhood component of C.A.T.C.H. (Coordinated Approach TChild Health), a Texas Education Agency-approved program. In addition to the fun they experience while exercising to music, students are taught the importance of regular exercise, rest, and good nutrition.