Early Childhood

Children learn by doing, not by sitting on the sidelines. Our small student-to-teacher ratio allows many opportunities for children to try new things while receiving one on one attention from the teacher.

The Early Childhood Experience

Each child is unique, and here at Roycemore we believe that it is our responsibility to meet his or her individual physical, social, intellectual, and emotional needs. Students in our Early Childhood program (preschool ages 3-5) experience a tremendous period of intense growth.

Our youngest students learn to think critically, develop social-emotional awareness, and become part of their classroom community which builds character. Roycemore has carefully crafted classrooms that are diverse learning centers which represent the students and the outside community through the choice of materials and activities. Students work collaboratively to complete projects as part of a team, bringing the projects to life and allowing the children to make sense of all they are learning.

Academics and Curriculum

Our experienced, certified Early Childhood Education teachers present academic skills and concepts to the children in a fun, meaningful way, specifically for preschoolers. Pre-reading and early math skills are integrated throughout the day, during both structured and unstructured classroom activities. 

Throughout the year students learn each of the essential components of our Early Childhood program: 

  • social-emotional development
  • writing, reading, and mathematics
  • science and social studies
  • music, movement, and art

Learn more about the Early Childhood curriculum in the guide below.

Schedule

Before and After Care

Roycemore’s Extended Day Program (EDP) is available for students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 5, for an additional fee. EDP provides socialization, outdoor and indoor physical activities, enrichment, and snacks. EDP begins at 7:30 a.m. and goes from after school until 6:00 p.m. The Extended Day Program is also offered during some vacation periods.

Pre-Kindergarten is a three or five-day-a-week program that starts at 8:15 AM and runs until 11:30 AM, with options to stay at school for “Lunch Bunch” (lunch and recess) until about 1:00 PM, until the end of the regular school day at 3:15 PM, or for the Extended Day option up to 6:00 PM — for an additional fee. The three-day program runs Tuesday through Thursday.

For families who choose the Extended Day option, children eat lunch at 11:30 AM and enjoy recess, nap time, and activities in the afternoon. From 7:30 AM until the beginning of school, there is a designated room with activities for Lower School students arriving early, supervised by the Pre-Kindergarten assistants.

Pre-Kindergarten is taught by an experienced, certified Early Childhood Education teacher and is supported by assistants with Early Childhood backgrounds. Pre-Kindergarten students must be 3 years old by January 1 of the coming school year.

Junior Kindergarten is a five-day-a-week program that starts at 8:15 AM and runs until 11:30 AM, with options to stay at school for “Lunch Bunch” (lunch and recess) until about 1:00 PM, until the end of the regular school day at 3:15 PM, or for the Extended Day option up to 6:00 PM — for an additional fee. For families who choose the Extended Day option, children eat lunch at 11:30 AM.

Academic activities are introduced in the morning and are integrated with enrichment activities in the afternoon. From 7:30 AM until the beginning of school, there is a designated room with supervised activities for Lower School students arriving early.

Junior Kindergarten is taught by an experienced Early Childhood Education teacher and is supported by assistants with Early Childhood backgrounds. Junior Kindergarten students must be 4 years old by September 1.

Our Kindergarten program is taught by an experienced and certified Early Childhood Education teacher, and is supported by an assistant with an education background. Our full-day program runs from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM, with an option to stay at school until 6:00 PM for an additional fee. Starting at 7:30 AM, for no extra cost, Lower School students arriving early may go to a designated room and participate in supervised activities. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1.

Schedule Options Time
Morning Room (Available to All EC Students)
7:30 AM - 8:10 AM
3-day and 5-day PK (AM Only)
8:15 AM - 11:45 AM
3-day and 5-day PK (Lunch Bunch)
8:15 AM - 1:00 PM
3-day and 5-day PK (Full Day)
8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Full Day JK & K
8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
*Thursdays (Professional Development)
2:00 PM Dismissal
Extended Day Program (EDP)
3:15 PM - 6:00 PM, *Thursdays 2:00 - 6:00 PM
My child has flourished at Roycemore. As a parent, you sometimes take it for granted that your son is as grounded as he is at four years old, but I’ve been reminded recently how well he articulates his feelings, negotiates through arguments, and generally impresses many adults with his mental awareness, quick wit, and self-confidence. Roycemore helps to embrace his individuality and gives him the opportunity to work out problems, and a sense of responsibility for his classroom community. 
— Amanda D., Parent

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