Social/Emotional Development Sets the Foundation for Learning

Calvary Preschool is proud to implement Conscious Discipline.  For 20 years, Dr. Becky Bailey has worked to develop this program with the intent to help adults and children develop crucial life skills that will help develop healthy relationships and optimize learning.  Conscious Discipline uses the model of a “School Family” to help teach empathy, responsibility, how to recognize and regulate emotions and how to express feelings and communicate in healthy ways.  Through the principles and structures embedded into Conscious Discipline, teachers and students learn to reframe “problem behaviors” as opportunities to learn and practice important life skills.

We invite you to visit the Conscious Discipline website for more information.  It is packed with valuable resources for parents, too!


What does developmentally appropriate curriculum look like?

It looks like PLAY!

Research clearly proves children learn best through play.  We provide children with ample time to engage, explore and expand their understanding of the world through arts and crafts, building with blocks and other materials, dramatic play and dress up, story time, music, gross motor games and outdoor play, and much, much more!  As teachers observe and engage with children, they are able to ask questions, guide discussions and provide support to help extend learning that is meaningful to your child.

We draw from a wide variety of resources including components of the Get Set For School and Learning Without Tears curriculum to help with fine motor, math and other concepts:

  • Songs to teach pencil grip and directionality
  • Mat Man to build body awareness
  • Stamp and See Screens, Roll-A-Dough letters and Wood Pieces to help with letter recognition and fine motor development
  • Four Square More Square and Tag Bags for color recognition, counting, math and fine motor skills
  • Chalkboards to practice writing letters and numbers (when children are developmentally ready to do so)
  • Workbooks for paper/pencil practice in Pre-K

Hands-on learning happens all day long–sometimes it comes home in the form of a project and other days through stories of “Guess what we did today!”