The early childhood program consists of two coed classrooms: the Oak room for three- and four-year-olds, and the Ginkgo room for four- and five-year-olds. Our approach is influenced by the internationally renowned Reggio Emilia concept of early childhood teaching and learning. Through an evolving, emergent curriculum shaped by each child’s cognitive social and physical development, children come to view school as a place of exploration and discovery.
Language and Literacy
In both the Oak and Ginkgo Rooms each child is exposed to written and oral language experiences through print, visual cues, symbols, poems, singing, and chanting. We create a literate environment that fosters curiosity and a love of reading and writing.
Mathematical and Scientific Thinking
Children extend their understanding of mathematics through a wide range of experiences. Mathematical concepts of number, data collection, geometry, problem solving, and measurement are embedded in activities such as cooking, building, and creating designs.
Starting in the Oak Room, each child visits our Reggio-Emilio-style Studio on a regular basis. Children visit in in small groups, creating a community of learners that allows for both individual endeavors and collaborative projects. It is a progressive exploration of materials that's built upon from year to year, allowing children learn to investigate, create, and explore in a gradually more sophisticated manner. Materials range from objects found from the natural world to wire, clay, fiber, wood, paint, and other things of interest to the children. Enjoyment, observation, knowledge, relationships, and respect are at the core of these experiences.
The goal of musical exploration is to provide a foundation for joyful, creative, and confident musical expression throughout childhood and beyond. Music learning occurs in a play-based environment and children explore their singing voices, rhythm instruments, and creative and beat-centered movement.
Inspired by how easily young children acquire language, the objectives of the Emergent Language Program revolve around children’s innate confidence to recognize and mimic sounds and language patterns. The children enrolled in Lincoln School’s Early Childhood and The Little School have instruction twice a week by a French teacher and twice a week by a Spanish teacher. The foreign language teachers speak the target language as they sing, do art projects, read books, play games, and participate in the daily life and activities of the class with the children. The teachers take the role of a member of the “family” who doesn’t necessarily speak English, but interacts with the children in a warm and playful way. They create a bond with the students which enables the young learners to take risks in using French and Spanish.
The Early Childhood Physical Education program is designed to develop both physical potential and positive social interaction at each grade level. Beginning in nursery, each student is encouraged to participate fully, try new skills, listen and follow teacher direction, work cooperatively with peers, and experience the enjoyment and benefits of physical activity. The students start with the development of locomotor skills such as skipping, galloping, running, hopping, jumping, and learn movement efficiency and body control. They progress to more advanced physical movement through participation in cooperative and musical games, physical fitness activities, tumbling, jump rope, introduction to sports skills, and age appropriate game play.