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Ebenezer Preschool

525 Polly Drummond Hill Rd
Newark, DE 19711-4342

Phone:
(302) 731-3030

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Review our preschool webpage for specific details on our programs and instructional approach.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Review carefully our preschool web0page under "Our School," "Registration," and "About Us."

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool focuses on individual attention and a Christ-centered, academic education. Children will spend their preschool years learning at their own pace, making a fun and easy transition into primary school years. In addition to our academic core curriculum, we include a Musikgarten music & movement program and planned physical education classes.
We believe our preschool education program will help children become comfortable with and aware of themselves and others, learning skills, ideas and beliefs that will promote personal development and appropriate social skills. Our core academic curriculum builds a foundation for further learning experiences and for entrance into kindergarten. We welcome children of all faiths while teaching Christian ideals as a model for personal and social behavior.

A Typical Day

Our EPS program is open to two, three and four-year-olds. Each class averages 10 (2-yr-olds,) 12 (3-yr-olds) or 15 (4-yr-olds) children and is staffed with two early-childhood educators. We provide flexible two, three and five-day programs, meeting from 9:00 -12:00 a.m.and offer an optional "Stay Day" program on most days from 12:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Educational Focus

* Learning through play
* Presenting challenging opportunities to succeed
* Developing self help skills and independence... "I think I can, I think I can
* Learning to express needs and feelings in words
* Developing manners and respect for self and others
* Learning to share and take turns
* Introducing letters, sounds, shapes, and color identification.
* Developing a positive attitude toward education, home, school, and church.

Interest Centers

Children learn best through personal involvement and play. Our centers allow children to create, explore, observe, invent, and learn, while providing opportunities for a wide range of sensory experience: touching, hearing, smelling, and tasting.

Examples of centers are:

* Listening/Reading Center (to develop a lifelong love for books)
* Home Living/Dramatic Play Center (to dramatize home and family situations)
* Block/Toy Center (to build, create, and play)
* Manipulative Play Center (to develop eye/hand coordination and body dexterity)
* Music Center (to experiment with sound and rhythm)
* Art Center (for free expression to create, experiment, and practice skills that are child-directed)
* God's World Science Center (to discover and stimulate the imagination of the children as they learn about the wonders of God's world)
* Math Center (to provide opportunities to experiment with measuring, counting, weighing, calculating, and evaluating)

Our Musikgarten Music Program

Ebenezer Pre-School's Musikgarten Music Program, God's Children Sing, is an experience-based curriculum for children up to 5 years of age. It includes methods and materials which promote the child's musical development within the context of nurturing the family's life of faith. Classes meet for 30 minutes every week, while pre-school is in session.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Please review the detailed "Parent Handbook" located under "Registration" located on our preschool webpage.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year