From the Director:
Early Childhood at The Independence School educates all students with an appropriate mix of developmental activities and experiences and academic challenges. The scope and sequence of our curriculum for The Independence School begins here. Thus, the move from a day care or childcare setting to a school environment is made as children enter this program. Our academic time, teaching of our curriculum, is done mainly in the morning portion of the classes. However, students who remain full day continue to experience opportunities and lessons which reinforce the concepts taught in the morning. The afternoon is also a time for enrichment, additional science experiments, extended peer interaction, and a broadened exploration of current topics as well as lunch and a rest period. Field trips are taken to enhance our curriculum and units of study. Museum and nature programs come to our school through outreach programs. The students participate in assemblies and grade level gatherings. Children are taken outdoors to exercise and develop their gross motor skills. Our multi-purpose room is also used for large motor activity. Teachers give students an opportunity for both organized games and free play. We believe both are equally important. Our Early Childhood students and faculty celebrate special events as a division and by level. Children and parents are invited to participate in a variety of ways. Students are encouraged to dress a part for such events. Everyone partakes in the festivities. Parent volunteers are encouraged once the children have acclimated to the school environment. Parents can donate their time in the classroom, as cooking helpers, book parents, or by volunteering for a larger event. Parents are kept informed through newsletters, which are sent home at least twice a month from the classroom teacher. The school also communicates with families through e-letters every other week.