Saint Mark’s preschool program builds upon a child’s natural curiosity to discover and understand their world through the implementation of developmentally appropriate practice in creative and supportive learning environments. We use a whole child approach by encouraging all aspects of children’s development and use a hands-on, minds-on philosophy in which children are actively engaged in purposeful activities to lay a solid foundation for future learning. Using a research-based curriculum and a project and inquiry-based teaching and learning approach, teachers skillfully weave content from a variety of learning disciplines into thoughtfully crafted lessons that facilitate meaningful learning opportunities for children.

Additionally, our early childhood education program enhances and facilitates children’s construction of their own powers of thinking and develops their sense of wonder by providing opportunities to engage in concrete learning experiences and to explore various avenues for creative expression. Our highly qualified and experienced teachers implement the best of reflective teaching practices and provide children with opportunities to develop self-confidence and an enthusiasm for learning through a combination of whole group instruction, center-based learning activities, and individualized attention.

Our early childhood programs provide learning experiences that are grounded in children’s interests and are developed around learning in several disciplines – whether it be observing and recording the life cycle of a butterfly discovered on a passion flower vine in the garden; sharing a book with a friend in our Outdoor Classroom; or extending learning through dramatic and creative play.

Kelly Mancuso
Lower School Head