Preschool Program

PK3 and PK4

PK3


The PK3 program is designed for children that are 3 years old on or before September 1 of the school year. For health and licensing reasons, children must be potty-trained and no diapers or pull-ups are allowed.


We offer a 3-day week program that meets Monday through Wednesday and a 5-day week program that meets Monday through Friday. PK3 school hours are 8:00 - 12:30 with extended day available before and after school.

Mission


Grace Episcopal Day School provides a program of academic excellence while preparing children to live responsible lives in a community grounded in the Christian faith. Through care and nurturing, Grace inspires learning, builds confidence, and promotes a desire to succeed.

Philosophy


Grace Episcopal Day School began as Mother’s-Morning Out program in 1951. Over the years the school has grown to be one of the finest in Orange Park. In 1995, a group of parents who had a vision for continuing the quality education and spiritual training provided at the preschool / kindergarten, developed the Elementary school by adding a first grade class. Today the student body at Grace includes PK3s through eighth grade. Grace is accredited by the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES).


At Grace, we celebrate the richness of life in a Christ-centered community, the seriousness of academic achievement, and the joy of childhood. 

Language Arts


The language arts curriculum concentrates on the development of receptive and expressive language skills and emphasizing the communication of thoughts and feelings. The program is integrated into themes through literature, learning centers, games, books, and dramatic play.

Math


The mathematics program is geared to “hands-on” learning, using manipulatives to allow the children to learn concepts such as shapes, sorting, classifying, counting, spatial relationships, and comparisons. Activities like the sand/water table and the block center provide opportunities to build a strong foundation in math through fun activities and lessons.

Science and Social Studies


The science and social studies curricula focus on developing an understanding of the world around us and becoming aware of the environment and his/her relationship to it. Units such as self-awareness, weather, seasons, animals and plants are explored. Community helpers are introduced with visits by the local fire department and police department.

Handwriting Without Tears


The preschool uses the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to develop letter recognition, letter formation, and promote fine motor skills. Developed by occupational therapists, it is considered to be the best, age-appropriate writing program that integrates learning and fun.

Art


The art teacher uses a variety of mediums, including clay, wood, markers, watercolors and paints to encourage creativity and develop small-motor skills.

Chapel


Students participate in a weekly 20-minute preschool chapel service on Wednesdays at 9:40 in the Grace Chapel. Each preschool class presents a chapel program during the school year. All students participate in our special worship services at Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Last Convocation. Once a month students attend All School Chapel that is held in the Grace Church at 8:40.

Christian Education


Christian education is integrated into all themes, which are designed to help lay a foundation for understanding God, Jesus, and the Bible. Daily classroom devotions, songs, prayers, Bible stories, and verses are used to supplement these themes. The Christian Formation teacher meets with the children once a week to promote an understanding of the rich stories of the Bible. 

Library


The class visits the school library once a week for story time, activities, and the opportunity to check out books.

Music


During music, the children are introduced to music, movement, and instrument recognition. In the classroom, music is used daily through songs, movement and finger-plays. 

Spanish


Students are given the opportunity to have a fun and interactive exposure to Spanish learning colors, shapes and numbers.

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PK4


The PK4 program is designed for children that are 4 years old on or before September 1 of the school year. We offer a 3-day week program that meets Monday through Wednesday and a 5-day week program that meets Monday through Friday. PK4 school hours are 8:00 - 12:30 with extended day available before and after school.



Mission


Grace Episcopal Day School provides a program of academic excellence while preparing children to live responsible lives in a community grounded in the Christian faith. Through care and nurturing, Grace inspires learning, builds confidence, and promotes a desire to succeed.

Philosophy


Grace Episcopal Day School began as Mother’s-Morning Out program in 1951. Over the years the school has grown to be one of the finest in Orange Park. In 1995, a group of parents who had a vision for continuing the quality education and spiritual training provided at the preschool / kindergarten, developed the Elementary school by adding a first grade class. Today the student body at Grace includes PK3s through eighth grade. Grace is accredited by the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), and is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES).

At Grace, we celebrate the richness of life in a Christ-centered community, the seriousness of academic achievement, and the joy of childhood. 


Language Arts


The language arts curriculum stresses oral language, listening, questioning, and thinking skills. The alphabet, introduced using the Letter People curriculum, is a comprehensive program that teaches letter identification, vocabulary, print, and phonological awareness with fun-filled personalities. Circle time, games, manipulatives, songs, puppets, and dramatic play provide a well-rounded and varied approach to the teaching of language arts. These methods allow each child to be an active participant in the learning process.


Math


The math lessons include number recognition, sorting, counting, patterning, comparing sizes, graphing, sequencing, identifying sets, and positional concepts. These applications are integrated throughout the day with hands on activities using manipulatives.

Science 


The science program encourages awareness of the environment and includes units on weather, seasons, health, safety, nutrition, dinosaurs, solar system, insects, and animals. Experiments are incorporated in the program to foster critical thinking skills.

Social Studies


The social studies curriculum promotes an understanding of the world around us. Units include family and self, historical events, the Presidents, careers, and geography. 


Handwriting Without Tears


The preschool uses the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to develop letter recognition, letter formation, and promote fine motor skills. Developed by occupational therapists, it is considered to be the best, age-appropriate writing program that integrates learning and fun.


Art


The art teacher uses a variety of mediums, including clay, wood, markers, watercolors and paints to encourage creativity and develop small-motor skills.


Chapel


Students participate in a weekly 20-minute preschool chapel service on Wednesdays at 9:40 in the Grace Chapel. Each preschool class presents a chapel program during the school year. All students participate in our special worship services at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once a month students attend All School Chapel that is held in the Grace Church at 8:40.


Christian Education


Christian education is integrated into all themes, which are designed to help lay a foundation for understanding God, Jesus, and the Bible. Daily classroom devotions, songs, prayers, Bible stories, and verses are used to supplement these themes. The Christian Formation teacher meets with the children once a week to promote an understanding of the rich stories of the Bible. Students participate in community service projects like Operation Christmas Child and J.P. Hall Charities.


Library


The class visits the school library once a week for story time, activities, and the opportunity to check out books.


Music


During music, the children are introduced to music, movement, and instrument recognition. In the classroom, music is used daily through songs, movement and finger-plays. 


Spanish


Students are given the opportunity to have a fun and interactive exposure to Spanish learning colors, shapes and numbers.


Think Tank


Filled with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities, the Think Tank provides PK4 students with hands on activities that lays the foundation for collaborative learning and critical thinking.


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