In small class settings, girls in Early Childhood explore new ideas as they rotate through learning centers that integrate different aspects of the curriculum and develop thinking and motor skills. The centers also foster independence and time management skills that serve the girls well in later grades.
Following the Reggio Emilia style, our expert teachers engage the girls through hands-on projects and real life experiences that are relevant to them.
Elizabeth Jordan, Early Childhood Head
“We ask questions to find what interests the girls and then try to plan our classroom environment to foster those interests. We know that creates a more meaningful learning experience."
A secluded oasis of learning
Tucked away in the northwest corner of Hutchison’s lush campus is the Abston Early Childhood Center, a welcoming place that houses Little Hive (2 year olds), Pre-Kindergarten (3 year olds), and Junior Kindergarten (4 year olds). The quiet, secluded EC playground is nearby while frequent jaunts to other corners of Hutchison’s 52-acres are fun learning expeditions and a chance to explore and feel independent in a secure setting.
In early literacy, math, and science, girls connect ideas through play and exploration before progressing to journal writing and understanding math in the context of everyday life. Other curricular experiences include weekly visits to the farm, Spanish, art, technology, movement, and music.