Classes are available for the two, three, four and five year old child. To comply with Delaware law, children must reach the age of school entrance by August 31st to be enrolled. Morning preschool classes meet from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Afternoon classes meet from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. Kindergarten meets from 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
TWO YEAR OLDS
The goal of the two year old program is to provide developmentally appropriate activities for the children in an environment that provides opportunities for social interaction. Learning through play exploration, facilitating growth in a child’s independence and developing and guiding positive peer interaction is a key component of our program. A physical environment, that is age appropriate, allows two-three year olds to practice self-help skills safely. Activities involve sensory exploration such as paint, glue, play dough, sand/water play and large motor development.
Two (Tuesday and Thursday), three (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and five day (Monday through Friday) morning classes are available for two year olds. Children who are two years of age by August 31st may be enrolled in our two year old program.
THREE YEAR OLDS
The goal of the three year old program is to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum organized into theme based units. These units address topics that encourage children to develop their skills and confidence using hands on activities. Language development, math, science, creative arts, music, motor skills and social development are incorporated into these units. Our activities allow children to explore and play individually, in small groups, and in large groups, and are designed to involve the active participation of the children in the learning process.
Two (Tuesday and Thursday), three (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and five day (Monday through Friday) morning classes are available for three year olds. Children who are three years of age by August 31st may be enrolled in our three year old program.
FOUR YEAR OLDS (PRE-K)
Our four year old program is designed to provide a rich, nurturing environment that prepares children for Kindergarten. Independence is promoted in an organized atmosphere. Developmentally appropriate activities are provided to develop skills in emergent literacy, math readiness, and gross and fine motor development. Children are challenged to be their own thinkers, by exploring, writing, creating, talking, listening, and interacting with materials and concepts.
Positive social interactions are a focus of the four year old classroom as play becomes more cooperative. Problem solving skills, compromise, cooperation, and developing positive relationships with peers and teachers are encouraged through modeling.
Five day (Monday through Friday) morning classes are available for four year olds. Children who are four years of age by August 31st may be enrolled in our four year old program
Our Kindergarten program provides children with materials and experiences that foster the development of language, quantitative, and social skills. The full day and smaller class size enables our teachers to plan activities that reinforce different styles of learning that include language, art, music, nature, social or visual spatial modes. Our teachers provide opportunities to explore, question, communicate and create in a fun and supportive environment. The kindergarten curriculum ensures that our students are prepared to excel at the next level of education.
Five day (Monday through Friday) full day (8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.) classes are available for Kindergarten students. Children who are five years of age by August 31st may be enrolled in our Kindergarten program. Children who did not complete the four year old program atZion, are required to have a current Childfind screening or screening done at our school.
Christian education is incorporated throughout the school day. Most students will attend a monthly chapel program led by the pastor of Zion Church. Information is age appropriate and non-denominational. Topics include self-esteem, loving one another, God’s world, the Christmas and Easter story, and being thankful.
Each classroom has its own computer with age appropriate software programs. These programs reinforce a variety of skills including cognitive development, creativity, and eye-hand coordination. The computers are used as centers with limited time.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT (GYM)
We believe that physical development occurs through repeated opportunities to use the body in various ways. A physical education program is offered that allows children to participate in activities such as bean bag skills, parachute play, running, hopping, skipping, jumping, etc. Music is incorporated into this program to encourage rhythm and enjoyment. Students are encouraged to participate in all activities but are not pressured to do tasks or skills beyond their level of development. Students are required to wear appropriate clothing, sneakers, pants, shorts and a special shirt on the days they are scheduled for Music and Movement.
Introducing preschool children to another language is one of the best ways to develop future skills. Basic Spanish vocabulary is introduced in a fun, entertaining program. Children learn words and phrases through rhyme, repetition, stories and song.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Soccer Shots of New Castle County, DE.
We have partnered with Soccer Shots to bring their wonderful soccer development program to our school one day a week. They offer online sign ups for the 3 sessions offered at Zion during the school year. Sign-Up reminders will be sent home with the students. More information can be found on their website, Soccer Shots.org/newcastle.
We have partnered with Child Drama Workshops to bring an excellent program to our school one day a week. The final performance starring the students is something you don’t want to miss! Please visit their website, www.childdramaworkshops.com for more information about this fun and exciting program.