Emmanuel Episcopal Day School Curriculum  

The curriculum of Emmanuel Episcopal Day School is based upon the philosophy of learning through play. It is organized around three major goals: Cognitive Development, Social-Emotional Development and Physical Development. Under each goal are developmental skills which the teachers use as objectives in planning thematic learning units and daily routines. All children will not master these skills at the same time. The teachers encourage them to progress through the curriculum and to achieve their maximum potential in preparation for kindergarten.


Three-Year Olds

Cognitive Development

Intellectual Skills

  • identifies objects in pictures and the environment with more discrimination
  • identifies colors and shapes
  • begins to recognize letters and numbers
  • recognizes own printed first name
  • understands short time concepts (now/later)
  • understands cause and effect
  • identifies characteristics of environment through the senses (sunny/cloudy)
  • understands objects as symbols of something else (cross/church, valentine/love, number/object relationships)
  • perceives God as a loving presence

Language Skills (oral, aural, written)

  • participates in rhyming games/songs
  • recites, sings
  • listens to a story in a group
  • demonstrates a command of increased vocabulary
  • dramatizes a story
  • relates recent events
  • engages in imaginary play
  • attempts to draw stick figures
  • identifies body parts
  • counts 1-30
  • expresses self in front of a group (e.g. show and tell)

Social-Emotional Development


  • begins to accept responsibility for behavior
  • expresses feelings and needs
  • follows routines (e.g. toilet, hand washing)
  • exercises self-help, self-control
  • makes transition to a new setting


  • shares, interacts and cooperates more willingly
  • displays an understanding of self as part of family, school, community
  • interacts with new adults
  • engages in interactive play  

Physical Development

Large Motor Skills

  • runs and jumps with increased skill
  • climbs stairs with one foot at a time
  • attempts to catch a ball
  • rides a tricycle
  • puts on outerwear
  • claps continually

Small Motor Skills

  • initiates and performs fingerplays
  • uses a brush, crayon, marker
  • manipulates objects with purpose (e.g. puzzles, beads, play-doh, Legos)
  • draws a circle and straight line
  • begins to use scissors to cut
  • unzips and unties
  • begins to zip and button
  • uses a computer for learning activities  Candyland with friends.