The focus in the Turtles class is primarily on social skills. Our goal is to build a sense of confidence and plant the seeds for a love of school and learning. The day of a Turtles class student is filled with play, art, music, literacy, science, cooking, exploration (!) and a healthy dose of outdoor exercise. Because this is often a child’s first introduction to formal education, it is important to help youngsters build positive relationships with peers and teachers. The teachers in the Turtles class use the EDS learning targets to integrate academics with social skill building. Age requirement: students must be 3 years old by December 31. Classes are 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. 14 students/2 teachers.
Sea Stars Program
Our teachers build on the foundational social skills learned in the Turtles class and give children time to express individual choice. Students select the activities, materials, and friends with which to play. Small group activities are intentionally designed for children to practice the skills needed in kindergarten, such as writing, problem solving, and math. The Turtles class goes on several field trips and is enriched with guests and special events. Age requirement: students must be 4 years old by December 31. Classes are 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. 15 students/2 teachers.
Continuing to nurture your preschooler’s mind, the dolphins class is filled to the brim with creative ways to have fun, make friends and learn. The focus here is on honing fine motor skills, encouraging healthy and constructive social interactions, promoting exploration, empowering students to problem solve and creating a solid foundation for future elementary school learning. Through individual and group activities, small “centers”, each designed to coordinate with a weekly theme, and teacher-led instruction, our students are preparing for Kindergarten. Because of their age and refined social skills the dolphins class is able to take a field trip several times a year to integrate real-life experience with the classroom theme. Age requirement: students must be 4 years old by September 1. Classes are 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. 16 students/2 teachers.
Class meets from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Tuesday and Thursdays. See it, hear it. Sing it, act it out! Love it for life. This class is taught in Spanish and English. Children ages 3-6 years can enroll. Students do not have to be enrolled in the morning classes at EDS to enroll in Spanish Immersion.
About Our Environment
Emmanuel Day School is furnished with child-sized tables, chairs, shelves, restrooms, sinks, and coat hooks to encourage self-sufficiency. Our classrooms have different stations which rotate frequently so that our children can explore age appropriate materials and be active participants in their own learning. EDS uses Emmanuel Church’s private, fenced-in playground with a multitude of equipment for exploring, climbing, playing, and socializing. We make every effort for our children to go outside, but being that we are in the Pacific Northwest, we also recognize that there will be days where the weather will prohibit us from doing so. In those cases, we have an indoor gym where children can bike, scoot, dance, play and move. Our gym space also provides a place for all-school events, which contributes to the sense of community at EDS.
EDS provides an optional lunchtime program (Lunch Bunch) from noon-1pm daily for children who would like additional socialization and playground time. If you have a budding soccer star, we offer a soccer program twice weekly (currently Wednesdays and Thursdays); we also have relationships with Youth Theatre Northwest and Patti’s Play Center. Additionally, Emmanuel Day School offers a summer camp.
Registration information can be found here.