Our Classes

St. James‘ Children‘s School is an outreach mission of St. James‘ Episcopal Church, and is housed in the lower level of the church Parish Hall. Classrooms are spacious, bright, and well equipped. A large playground provides an outside play area for all classrooms.

Our beautiful garden gives older children hands-on experience with gardening and allows the younger children to see flowers, birds and butterflies up close.

Our library has special books and learning kits as extra resources for teachers. Children can ’go to the library‘ with a teacher to look at books or to check them out.

At St. James‘ we have a loving, safe, and secure atmosphere for infants. Experienced and attentive staff provide activities rich in social interaction and language exploration. We give personalized attention and scheduling based on each child‘s unique needs. All the infants enjoy music, games and story-telling. Whenever the weather allows, the children go outside in strollers to enjoy fresh air and a change of scenery.
Infant classroom at St James Children School

At St. James‘ we have a loving, safe, and secure atmosphere for infants. Experienced and attentive staff provide activities rich in social interaction and language exploration. We give personalized attention and scheduling based on each child‘s unique needs. All the infants enjoy music, games and story-telling. Whenever the weather allows, the children go outside in strollers to enjoy fresh air and a change of scenery.
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St. James‘ is a place where toddlers receive supportive guidance while exploring new abilities to interact with playmates and to make simple choices. Beginning language and math skills are fostered with books, puzzles, and blocks. Reading stories, art projects, musical games, and creative movement are emphasized. Outdoor play aids development of gross motor skills.

Toddlers classroom at St James Childrens School

The two year old curriculum focuses on fundamental skill development that fosters self-awareness, independence and positive social skills which increase the child‘s ability to participate in a group situation. This is accomplished in a warm, safe, supportive environment with a balance of structured activities and free play (indoors and outdoors.) Children will be introduced to art through the use of hands on open-ended activities designed to allow for exploration and creativity. Circle time involves many stories, songs and group participation.

Twos classroom at St James Childrens School

Three year olds benefit from an integrated curriculum that allows children to develop social skills, self confidence and early reading and math skills. Every week focuses on different themes, assigned letters and numbers, and a different color and shape. Activities are organized to give the children practice with fine and gross motor skills. Story telling, dramatic play, cooking, arts and crafts, music and small group learning activities are all valuable parts of the schedule.

Three years old classroom

St. James‘ program for four year olds is rich in reading and writing readiness activities. We combine a love of books with a word rich environment. Math activities introduce concepts of numbers and number relationships, patterns, measurement, and geometric shapes. Expressive art projects, music and movement activities enhance all subject areas. As a part of the Science curriculum the children explore and investigate habitats, weather and their environment on their own patio garden outside the classroom or in the main garden. Other science topics include human bodies, dinosaurs, space and insects.

Fours classroom

St. James‘ has a full day, state-approved Kindergarten curriculum that provides a solid academic foundation. Our Language Arts curriculum includes a combination of whole word and phonics instruction, reading instruction in small groups, literature appreciation and journal writing. Our activity-based math includes numbers and operations, telling time, measurement, money, critical thinking skills, and geometry. Social Studies introduce students to their “place on the map” with a focus on Maryland and the United States of America. Through-out the year students learn about other cultures, the history behind the holidays we celebrate and famous Americans. Science themes include the life cycle of butterflies, seed to plant observations, a study of penguins, and the ocean and its inhabitants. Students become adept at using their senses as well simple science tools to learn about the world around them. Music, Spanish, and Art are also integral parts of each day.

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