X
Translate

Midland Park Campus

Class Descriptions & Schedule



Eastern Christian Preschool Classes at Our Midland Park Campus

3-Year-Old Class
4-Year-Old Class
Jr. Kindergarten Class


 

Program Overview

Eastern Christian Preschool exists to prepare young followers of Jesus Christ as they develop academically, physically, socially, and spiritually. Our program is fully accredited and developmentally appropriate. Eastern Christian Preschool and Kindergarten is located in its own wing of Eastern Christian Elementary School. Our school is located in a beautiful neighborhood in Midland Park, NJ. The health and safety of our students is very important. We have a school nurse as well as a director of security and safety on staff.

Eastern Christian Preschool recognizes that each child has been purposefully created in the image of God with unique gifts and abilities. Therefore, Eastern Christian Preschool utilities a teaching approach known as Developmentally Appropriate Practice. This means that we are continually identifying the developmental stage of each child in all areas of development: cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual. From there, we intentionally design play centers, projects, games, and literacy activities to support young learners as they progress to the next developmental stage.

Eastern Christian Preschool values play. We know that play nurtures every aspect of a child’s development. Through play, children establish the foundational intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills needed for success in school and life. Children are learning when they build with blocks, paint a picture, swing on a swing, or make-believe. During play children try new things, solve problems, create, test ideas, and explore.

Our preschool students have a Christian faith-integrated curriculum. Each day begins with prayer and devotions. Our preschool students also worship the Lord through singing and learn a Bible story each day. However, our faith integration is not limited to Bible time. The children learn about God and his love throughout their day.


 

3-Year-Old Preschool Class

For children who are potty trained and will be 3 by October 1

Class Scheduling Options
Understanding the diverse and unique scheduling needs of families with preschoolers, Eastern Christian provides parents with flexible scheduling options. Parents may enroll their three-year olds for class 2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week. Parents may also choose our half day program from 8:20 – 11:30, our full day program from 8:20 -3:00, or a combination of both. Students enrolled in the half day program may also opt to attend the full day program on a drop in basis as needed. The drop in rate is $10.50 an hour, per student or $15.75 an hour, per family. The drop in hours are not included in the tuition; families are billed separately.

Class Description
In this class, children practice important social skills: playing with others, separating from parents, using good manners, and participating during clean up time. Our youngest learners grow in their ability to sit attentively and interact in group situations such as circle time and as they listen to daily Bible stories. Over the course of the year, our three-year-olds grow in their understanding and love of the Lord as they learn about creation, Bible heroes, and the life of Jesus. They also worship God through song and participate in prayer throughout the day. Both fine and gross motor skills are developed as these young children participate in a weekly Physical Education class, play on the playground and in the gymnasium, and use a variety of media to create, build, and play. Their reading readiness skills are nurtured as they listen to stories, hear and understand new words, learn poems, nursery rhymes, and fingerplays. Reading readiness activities are designed to help children develop auditory and visual discrimination. The three-year-olds learn their colors, are introduced to the alphabet, and learn to recognize their names in print. Math readiness concepts include identifying shapes, recognizing numbers, and counting. The children also participate in a weekly music class. On a daily basis, children participate in circle time, play in self-selected centers, create a project, eat a snack (brought from home), play on the playground or in the gymnasium, sing songs, and listen to stories. In addition, full day students eat lunch (brought from home or ordered online through Select Catering), rest, play in self-selected centers, eat a snack (provided by the school), and play on the playground or in the gymnasium. Our three-year-old classroom has a sensory table, kitchen area, block area, quiet book area in the loft, train table, easels, SmartBoard, iPad, and many other small toys to explore. Our three-year-olds also enjoy a variety of special days including a Thanksgiving celebration, Trike-a-thon, Mom’s Tea, Grandfriends’ Day, and Preschool Picnic. All of this takes place in a fun, loving, Christ-centered atmosphere.


 

4-Year-Old Preschool Class

For children who will be 4 by October 1

Class Scheduling Options
Understanding the diverse and unique scheduling needs of families with preschoolers, Eastern Christian provides parents with flexible scheduling options. Parent may enroll their four-year olds for class 3, 4, or 5 days a week. Parents may also choose our Half Day Program from 8:20 – 11:30, our Full Day Program from 8:20 -3:00, or a combination of both. Students enrolled in the half day program may also opt to attend the full day program on an as need basis. Students enrolled in the half day program may also opt to attend the full day program on a drop in basis as needed. The drop in rate is $10.50 an hour, per student or $15.75 an hour, per family. The drop in hours are not included in the tuition; families are billed separately.

Class Description
Our four-year-olds are developing self confidence and self direction as they grow in their ability to play cooperatively with peers by sharing their plans for play with others, listening to the plans of others, and implementing each idea. They are also growing in responsibility and self control as they follow simple rules and procedures with gentle reminders. Our four-year-olds gain knowledge and understanding of Old and New Testament Bible stories and are taught to exhibit characteristics of Christian living during daily devotions, Bible time, and as they learn to work and play together.  Our preschoolers participate in prayer throughout the school day and are invited to lead in prayer. Four-year-olds are engaged in a weekly Physical Education class, play on the  playground and in the gymnasium to help develop balance, control, and agility. Through the use of a variety of classroom materials, students’ hand and finger movements become stronger and more controlled as their eye-hand coordination develops. These skills are foundational for a child’s beginning control over writing tools. Their reading readiness skills are nurtured as they listen to stories, practice following two- or three step directions, and develop phonological awareness. As the four-year-olds engage in alphabet activities, they further letter recognition and build phonemic awareness. The children begin to understand that letters form words and words can be both spoken and written. Children grow in their abilities to write their names and begin to copy easy words. Math readiness concepts include counting items with one-to-one correspondence, identifying numbers, sorting objects, duplicating simple patterns, recognizing and drawing shapes, and understanding and using several positional words. Children also participate in a weekly music class. On a daily basis, children participate in circle time, a fine motor activity, a math activity, self-selected center time, a project, story time, snack time (Snacks are brought from home.), and playground or gym time. In addition, full day students eat lunch (brought from home or ordered online through Select Catering), rest, play in self-selected centers, eat a snack (provided by the school), and play on the playground or in the gymnasium. Our four-year-old classroom has a sensory table, kitchen area, block area, quiet book area in the loft, train table, easels, puzzles, SmartBoard, iPad, and a wide variety of table toys. Our four-year-olds also enjoy a variety of special days including class trips, Thanksgiving celebration, Christmas party, Reading Buddies, Trike-a-thon, Dad’s Pizza Night, Grandfriends’ Day, and Preschool Picnic. All of this takes place with the encouragement and support of loving, Christian teachers.


 

Jr. Kindergarten Class

For older 4’s who missed the kindergarten cut-off date or those with summer birthdays who need more time before entering kindergarten

Class Scheduling Options
This class meets 5 days a week. Parents may choose our Half Day Program from 8:20 – 11:30, our Full Day Program from 8:20 -3:00, or a combination of both. Students enrolled in the half day program may also opt to attend the full day program on an as need basis. Students enrolled in the half day program may also opt to attend the full day program on a drop in basis as needed. The drop in rate is $10.50 an hour, per student or $15.75 an hour, per family. The drop in hours are not included in the tuition; families are billed separately.

Class Description
Jr. Kindergarteners are provided with additional lessons and activities beyond the traditional preschool curriculum to provide more time for growth and development before kindergarten. Like all EC classrooms, differentiated instruction is provided to meet the individual needs of each student. Our Jr. Kindergarten students develop a positive self-concept as they continue to grow in their ability to play cooperatively with others and form friendships. They are developing independence and learning to assume responsibility for classroom tasks and routines. Our Jr. Kindergarteners are continuing to grow in their ability to sit attentively and interact in group situations. The children practice making making simple decisions and develop their ability to solve problems. Our Jr. Kindergarteners learn that the world around them is created by God. Through daily devotions, Old and New Testament Bible stories, and chapels, they learn that Jesus is their friend and that they can have a relationship with Him. They participate in prayer throughout the day and are encouraged to lead in prayer. They are given many opportunities to develop their readiness skills and motor skills. Listening skills are further developed and emphasis is given to comprehension and phonemic awareness. Beginning, middle, and ending sounds are presented. Students continue to learn the transfer of learned symbols into writing. Students are encouraged to write the letters of the alphabet, both capital and lowercase. The use of journals helps in their writing development in both expression and fine motor development. Students are introduced to familiar words to enhance their love of reading and writing. Writing numbers and early addition and subtraction activities are introduced. On a daily basis, children participate in circle time, a fine motor activity, a math activity, an alphabet activity, self-selected center time, a project, story time, snack time (Snacks are brought from home.), and playground or gym time. In addition, full day students eat lunch (brought from home or ordered online through Select Catering), participate in an afternoon circle time, play in self-selected centers, eat a snack (provided by the school), and play on the playground or in the gymnasium. Our Jr. Kindergarten classroom has a sensory table, kitchen area, block area, quiet book area in the loft, train table, easels, puzzles, SmartBoard, iPad center, and a wide variety of table toys. Our Jr. Kindergarteners also enjoy many special activities including weekly physical education, music, chapel, and library class,  theme days, reading buddies, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas party, Trike-a-thon, Dad’s Pizza Night, Grandfriends’ Day, Preschool Picnic, and Class Trips.