We believe that through play and guided learning, children develop all the skills they need for school. Childhood is a time for fun, exploration and self-discovery. Eastgate Christian School offers an environment that encourages the love of learning and provides opportunities to explore new ideas.

ECS places a strong emphasis on language skills. For many of our children English is their second language. Our teachers are sensitive to this issue and are skilled at teaching English to all children regardless of their background. We use the A Beka curriculum in all our classrooms to assist in learning language through phonics.

Social/Emotional Skills:

Most preschool learning comes through play. As children play, they are learning how to work with their peers by sharing, taking turns and developing empathy. Teachers guide this process through activities, discussion and modeling.

Language Skills:

ECS teachers read to the children and encourage creative expression. Many activities involve thoughtful discussion, increasing vocabulary and enhancing verbal communication. Age appropriate lessons include letter identification and early writing and reading skills. Our teachers provide a literacy rich environment where the children are encouraged and offered opportunities as they display readiness.

Physical Skills:

The physical education aspect of the curriculum provides for the development of large and small motor skills. Large motor skills are exercised through active play such as climbing, running and jumping. This type of play is accomplished through free play and activities designed to work on particular skills. Using hands and fingers strengthens small motor skills. Activities such as cutting, hole punching painting, holding a crayon/pencil or stringing beads are practiced. The teacher provides opportunity for development of fine motor skills through art activities and play centers with manipulatives.

Cognitive Skills:

Children are learning to think about and process the world around them. The teacher helps guide them by planning stories, science experiments, social studies themes, math activities, creative expression, art and guided self-discovery.

Creative Skills:

Children work with arts, crafts and imaginative play (drama, dress-up and puppets) to explore the world in new ways. The teachers offer a variety of creative experiences for the children to explore.

Spiritual Emphasis:

ECS is a Christian school. Your child will learn that God created the world, God loves him/her and God has a wonderful plan for his/her life. Teachers teach about God through Bible stories, songs and finger plays.

**Music and movement is incorporated into the daily schedule.