Early ChildhoodServing our youngest learners, ages 2, 3, and 4, with a nurturing environment to explore individual interests while establishing a firm foundation with reading, writing, and mathematics. Our talented faculty help students build the foundation upon which futures will be built.
Related ArtsIn addition to focusing on the core academic fundamentals, students have instruction in a number of related arts classes including art, world language, physical education, and religious instruction.
Extended ProgramsThe student experience extends beyond 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Extended Programs provides morning and after-school care and a robust set of enrichment activities to ensure that students have an engaging experience throughout their entire day at Heathwood Hall.
Habitat DayOur youngest students learn about habitats by exploring our 122-acre campus and being introduced to research. Students present their work at the annual Habitat Day celebration.
Building Fundamentals While Nurturing the Whole Child
Heathwood Hall’s Early Childhood program, comprising the twos, threes, and fours classes, helps children develop in every area by providing a comprehensively nurturing environment. Through experiential learning opportunities such as nature walks on Heathwood’s beautiful campus, visits to the on-site Tinker Lab, and preparation for the annual Habitat Day event, students explore a rich curriculum under the care and guidance of compassionate teachers.
The Early Childhood division at Heathwood is dedicated to following the interests of the children, and that makes for a variety of experiences and avenues to reach the fundamental academic skills of writing, reading, and mathematical fluency. Being prepared for the Lower School and elementary education is important, but the means by which students learn about their individual passions and become life-long learners is just as vital, and both are clear priorities in the Early Childhood program.
As an Episcopal school, Heathwood values the spiritual, emotional, and social development of every student in addition to their academic growth. Children will have daily devotions to that end, but the emphasis on creating a loving, serving, respectful environment permeates all aspects of the Early Childhood program. A child is more than a future college student and professional; they are living, growing beings that evidence and deserve God’s love.
In some of the most developmentally crucial years of a child’s life, they should learn not just facts and figures but how to explore and learn in general. The Early Childhood program works to help every student become a respectful, responsible, and self-advocating member of a community of learners by giving them space for personal choice as well as guidance in their development. A student is more than a passive repository for knowledge; they are a voice and perspective that needs to discover itself. This work with curriculum and citizenship while building individual voice and discovery forms the foundation upon which students begin building their individual futures. The Heathwood community invites you to start that discovery in the Early Childhood program.
Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
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Mary Kay Deese
ASST. Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
B.A. Furman University
M.Ed. Fordham University
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