EARLY CHILDHOOD   |   LOWER SCHOOL   |   MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
COL’s  Early Childhood Program is an awesome way to start your little one on their educational journey.
 
For many children, this will be their first experience in a school. Our nurturing, Christian-based environment fosters a love of learning, respect for others, and a positive self image. Each class provides stimulating learning opportunities that nurture cognitive, social-emotional, physical and creative development. Your child will discover the excitement of learning, build confidence, curiosity and develop new life skills.
 
 
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KIDS AGES 3-5
Enroll in PreK
Flexible full/half day program
 
 
TRY IT OUT
Kindergarten
for a morning
 
PreK & Kindergarten Highlights
Early childhood learning designed just for kids.
 
patterns
counting, adding, shapes
 
recognition
letters, phonics & reading
creativity
colors, painting, cutting
play
friends, sharing, respect
 
music
instruments, dance & singing games
love
Jesus loves ME
 
 
Imagination, Creativity and Play
 
At Crown of Life, play is a very important part of our Early Childhood program.  Learning to share, and respecting our toys, friends and classroom is all part of the learning process.  Along with play we encourage imagination and creativity to foster a strong sense of self. Each spring our PreK and Kindergarten classes put on a Circus for friends and family. In addition to the Circus, students also get the opportunity to stretch their imaginations acting in a class play. What could be better than an evening of “Let’s Pretend.”
 
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“I love walking into an early education classroom! The amount of learning, curiosity, growth, and excitement from each child just amazes me. These classrooms are vitally important for every child’s base of their whole education.
Justin Vilski, Principal
 
 
 
Our teachers
 
   
 
Curriculum

PreK
  • Shapes recognition
  • Counting skills - number recognition, number writing, counting by 1’s
  • Pattern recognition - color, shape, animal
  • Bear Math - math story problems with bear counters
Kindergraten
• Counts by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s
• Identify, read, write and compare numbers to 100
• Pattern and sequencing
• Compare and order objects by length, height and weight
• Describe, compare, and order objects by relative position and attributes
• Identify days of the week and months of the year
• Tell and show time to the hour
• Identify seasons
• Identify, describe and count pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and one-dollar bills
• Read and write money to $1.00 using dollar and cent symbols
• Select coins for a given amount and find the value of a set of coins
• Basic problem solving skills
• Introduction to addition and subtraction

Pre K
Students discover through hands-on activities and group and individual station work
  • Life science - animals and their habitats
  • Physical science - mixing colors together
  • Earth science - weather  
Kindergarten
  • Life science - senses, gardens, trees and farms. Field trips to apple orchard to learn about life cycle of an apple. We even get to pick apples from trees.
  • Grow a classroom "KinderGarden" – students plant, water , and watch their chosen seeds grow while recording their findings
  • Study of animals and their habitats – visit Sea Life Aquarium to learn about ocean habitats. We even get to touch things on the water like sea stars.

Pre K
  • Study of students’ immediate world -our homes and families, our community and community workers
  • Collaboration skills - group/partner work during station time
  • Conflict resolution skills - taking turns, sharing, apologizing
Kindergarten

Explore neighbors and community by touring police and fire stations and the International Airport

Students get to practice hand-eye coordination and use small motor skills everyday by:
  • basic cutting
  • folding
  • pasting
  • paint mixing
  • drawing
  • printmaking skills

Pre K
  • Cooperative games and themed activities
  • Light introduction to traditional sports and games – basketball, volleyball, kickball, four square, tag
  • Focus on cooperative learning through these activities – how to take turns, be a team player
Kindergarten
  • Cooperative games and activities using equipment such as parachutes, hoops, balls and bean bags
  • Introduction to dances like The Bunny Hop, The Mexican Hat Dance and The Hokey Pokey

We believe play is an essential part of children’s learning and development during these early years. Play will be incorporated in all aspects and lessons of the day.

Pre K
  • Language skills development - recognizing beginning sounds of words, linking same sound words together
  • Alphabet study - letter recognition and letter sounds
Kindergarten
We use a variety of literature to appreciate words, their power and practice problem solving.
Classroom smartboard and chromebooks provide hands on activities and reinforcement of concepts.
  • Alphabet  – visual and sound recognition of letters; practice writing letters correctly
  • Word Creation – putting letters together to create words
  • Learn High Frequency Words  – allows them to memorize the word.
  • Reading confidence  - built through leveled readers that are practiced at school and at home.

Pre K
Each spring students are introduced to Spanish, beginning with colors and numbers.

Pre K
  • Explore music through instruments - shakers, rhythm sticks, xylophones, cymbals, chimes
  • Movement, dance, singing folk songs/nursery rhymes, and singing games
  • Group singing opportunities
Kindergarten
  • Learn to play instruments like the maracas, cymbals, drum, and tambourine.
  • Learn to sing in tune, maintain a steady beat
  • Use songs to reinforce various concepts such as days of the week and names of bones in the body
  • Group singing opportunities helps develop stage presence

  • Movement, music, pantomime, and improvisation
  • Lessons through story dramatization, improvised story creation, and puppetry
  • Circus-opportunity to showcase fine art skills

  • Hear God’s Word through story form, act out Bible stories
  • Sing hymns, songs, and praises
  • Worship together in Matins

Our Early Childhood program focuses on  teaching Life skills through repetition and modeling in a safe place to learn

  • How to wash hands
  • How to dress to go outside in the winter
  • Appropriate table manners
  • How to line up and walk in a line
  • How to resolve a conflict with a friend using words
  • How to ask for help when needed using words
  • How/when to sit quietly during active listening time
  • How to take turns, share and be patient during wait time
  • How to be a helper and responsible with classroom jobs - line leader, calendar helper, door holder, toy patrol, snack helper
  • How and why to follow school rules to stay safe, keep others safe, show respect for authority and our love for God

 
COL Early Childhood: a fantastic choice!
 
Flexible, affordable full or half day Early Childhood program
 
Energetic teaching staff who make learning fun! 
 
Facilities designed specifically for small children
10:1 
Student/Teacher Ratio
Many opportunities outside the classroom for students to explore and learn 
 
 
Great opportunities for making Christian friends