Our Curriculum.

What does developmentally appropriate curriculum look like?


Research clearly proves children learn best through play.  We provide children with ample time to engage, explore and expand their understanding of the world through arts and crafts, building with blocks and other materials, dramatic play and dress up, story time, music, gross motor games and outdoor play, and much, much more!  As teachers observe and engage with children, they are able to ask questions, guide discussions and provide support to help extend learning that is meaningful to your child.We draw from a wide variety of resources  so that the learning is customized to your child's needs. Some examples of what we do each day:

  • Songs to reinforce  social and academic skills
  • Fine motor support to help strengthen hands so when it's time to write, they're ready!
  • Process art to introduce many concepts (colors, shapes, build vocabulary, provide sensory experiences and an outlet for emotions) and to strengthen fine motor skills
  • Hands-on manipulatives to build math and literacy skills (Stamp and See Screens, Wood Piece Letters, Roll-a-Dough letters and more from Learning Without Tears)
  • Puppets, flannel boards and other "story stretchers" to build a love of literacy
  • Science experiments and centers to engage natural curiosity

Hands-on learning happens all day long–sometimes it comes home in the form of a project and other days through stories of “Guess what we did today!” Your child doesn't fit in a box and we don't think curriculum should, either!

Social/Emotional Development Sets the Foundation for Learning

Calvary Preschool is proud to implement Conscious Discipline.  For 20 years, Dr. Becky Bailey has worked to develop this program with the intent to help adults and children develop crucial life skills that will help develop healthy relationships and optimize learning.  Conscious Discipline uses the model of a “School Family” to help teach empathy, responsibility, how to recognize and regulate emotions and how to express feelings and communicate in healthy ways.  Through the principles and structures embedded into Conscious Discipline, teachers and students learn to reframe “problem behaviors” as opportunities to learn and practice important life skills.We invite you to visit the Conscious Discipline website for more information.  It is packed with valuable resources for parents, too!

The Whole-child Approach

Our students are encouraged to be curious, caring, empathetic, and confident, which dramatically impacts the outcomes of their experience.


  We use Bible stories, music and fun interactive lessons at Children’s Chapel and in the classroom to help children understand how much God loves us and how we can share that love with others.  Teachers reinforce these concepts with children by modeling, through prayers and songs, and by reminding children about God's love!

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Research proves what we’ve known all along: children learn best through play!  Our play-based curriculum includes activities in Math, Literacy, Science, PE, Music, Art, Centers and MORE!  Teachers use a variety of resources to design lessons that meet the needs of individual students.   "Donuts and Dudes" for kids and dads (or another male role model) and "Muffins in the Morning"  for kids and moms (or another female role model) are highlights of the year and bring special memories that will last a lifetime.

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The social and emotional aspect of development is a very important component of the preschool experience.  Children meet one-on-one with their teachers before school begins, helping both parents and children to feel a little more comfortable on the first day of school.  Small class sizes with two loving, qualified staff in each class allows relationships between students and teachers to blossom and grow.

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