About our Program

Overview

The Weekday School, established in 1950, is a ministry of White Memorial and has been nourishing children's lives for 62 years. It serves both church and community children from September to May. The mission of the school is to provide programs that facilitate spiritual, academic, emotional, social and physical growth at rates that are appropriate for each of its students.

Weekday School Facts

  • The Weekday School program is for children 2-5 years of age
  • School sessions are from 9:00 a. m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Kindergarten students attend Monday-Friday (maximum of 16 children per class)
  • Four-year-olds may attend four or five days per week (maximum of 16 children per class)
  • Three-year-olds may attend three, four, or five days per week (maximum of 13 children per class)
  • Two-year-olds may attend two or three days per week (maximum of 11 children per class)
  • Each Weekday School class has a lead teacher and an assisting teacher
  • The Music teacher meets with each class two times per week
  • Threes, Fours, and Kindergarten students attend a chapel service weekly
  • The Weekday School students and staff gather for a sing-a-long regularly
  • Fours and Kindergarten students attend both Exploring Lab and Movement class weekly
  • Summer and December Holiday Camps are offered

Twos

Quick Facts

  • Classes meet either two days or three days per week. Two-day classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Three-day classes meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • In order to best meet their developmental needs, two-year-old children are divided into classes by age.
  • Two-year-olds attend a music class twice a week.

Primary Purposes

We strive to help our two-year-olds develop age-appropriate social and emotional skills through play and interaction with peers and adults. We plan activities to facilitate language skills, cognitive development, emerging independence and connectedness with others. Most of all, we want our two-year-olds to feel loved, cared for and treasured. 

Typical Day

Two-year-olds spend their day engaging in a balance of structured and unstructured activities. Typical centers in our twos classes include dramatic play, story sharing, blocks, sensory tables and imaginative play. Art activities are planned to encourage self-expression and exploring the process of art. Early learning skills, including counting and color naming are introduced and practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Teachers engage with the children as a group using books, nursery rhymes and simple songs. Children spend time on the playground each day and attend a music class twice a week. A snack is provided for our students. Snack time allows children to practice emerging social and daily living skills. Children who stay for lunch bring a packed lunch from home.

Curriculum

We do not use a specific academic curriculum for two-year-olds. Activities are developed around guidelines for developmentally-appropriate practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc.org/DAP). Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com).

Threes

Quick Facts

  • Classes meet either three days, four days or five days per week. Three-day classes meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Four-day classes meet Monday-Thursday. Five day classes meet Monday-Friday. All classes meet from 9:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • In order to best meet their developmental needs, three-year-old children are divided into classes by age.
  • Three-year-olds attend a music class twice a week.
  • Chapel is introduced at this age. Chapel services are held once a week.
  • Exploring Science, a science program designed especially for three-year-olds, is offered to children each week.

Primary Purposes

In our three-year-old classes, we build on age-appropriate social and emotional skills begun in our two-year-old classes. We design experiences that assist children in moving from parallel to cooperative play. Language skills are developing rapidly at this age, and we plan a variety of activities to encourage and nurture these skills.

Typical Day

Three-year-olds spend their day alternating between whole group, small group, and individual activities structured around child-friendly themes. Children of this age build critical thinking skills through play and experimentation in our classroom centers. Typical centers in our threes classes include dramatic play, story sharing, blocks, sensory tables and imaginative play. Art activities are planned to encourage self-expression and exploring the process of art. Early learning skills, including counting, patterning and early letter recognition are practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Teachers engage with the children as a group using books and songs with attractive art, predictable patterns and rhyming words. Children spend time on the playground each day and attend a music class twice a week. Once a week, our science teacher comes to the classroom to provide engaging instruction around a science topic that is of interest to three-year-olds. Spiritual development is encouraged through participation in a weekly chapel service. Daily living skills are practiced during snack and lunch times.

Curriculum

We do not use a specific academic curriculum for three-year-olds, although pre-academic skills are introduced when children are ready. Activities are developed around guidelines for developmentally-appropriate practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc.org/DAP). Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com).

Fours

Quick facts

  • Classes meet either four days or five days per week. Four-day classes meet Monday-Thursday, and five-day classes meet Monday-Friday. All classes meet from 9:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  •  Four-year-olds attend a music class twice a week, Exploring Lab (science) once a week and Movement/Gym once a week.
  •  Children attend weekly Chapel services. They sing in the Chapel Choir every other month.

Primary Purposes

In our four-year-old classes, we focus on social and emotional development, independence in daily living skills and pre-academic skills designed to meet children where they are and prepare them for future schooling. Our goal is to develop critical thinkers who are excited about learning.

Typical Day

Four-year-olds spend their day alternating between whole group, small group, and individual activities structured around engaging science and social science themes. Children of this age build critical thinking skills through play and experimentation in classroom centers, large group discussions and demonstrations, and small group time with teachers. Typical centers in our fours classes include dramatic play, art, writing, blocks, science, math, puzzles and games. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles are embedded in many of our classroom centers. Early learning skills, including patterning, letter recognition, letter sounds, counting, writing and number skills are practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Literacy is highly-valued, and teachers spend time daily reading to the children. Children go out on the playground each day and attend a variety of special classes, including Movement, Exploring Lab and Music throughout the week. Spiritual development is encouraged through participation in a weekly chapel service. Four-year-olds also spend time each day learning and practicing specific social skills that allow them to build strong relationships with other children and adults.

Curriculum

  • Early literacy skills are taught using Letterland, a child-friendly approach to letter and sound recognition and early reading. Most public schools in Wake County and many private elementary schools in our area use Letterland in the early grades. (letterland.com)
  •  Fine motor skills are taught using Get Set for School (hwtears.com/gss) and a variety of teacher-designed activities.
  •  Math and science skills are taught using activities that incorporate STEM principles (drpfconsults.com/understanding-the-basics-of-stem-education/)
  •  Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com).

Kindergarten

Quick facts

  • Our kindergarten is a traditional kindergarten designed to prepare students for first grade. Some parents may opt to use it as a transitional year for social/emotional reasons.
  • Classes meet five days per week from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Kindergartners attend a music class twice a week, Exploring Lab (science) once a week and Movement/Gym once a week. They also participate in a technology lab once a week.
  • Children attend weekly Chapel services. They sing in the Chapel Choir every other month.
  • Classes are equipped with iPads and other technological equipment designed to enhance instruction.

Primary Purposes

In our kindergarten classes, our purpose is to prepare students academically for first grade while offering the nurturing, loving environment of a church school. Our students follow the kindergarten curriculum from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction so that they can go into public or private school confident and well-prepared. We believe that young children learn through active experimentation, hands-on play and lessons designed to meet individual needs.

Typical Day

Kindergartners spend their day their day alternating between whole group, small group and individual activities designed to meet their unique needs. Children of this age build critical thinking skills through play and experimentation in classroom centers, large group discussions and demonstrations, and small group time with teachers. Skills are taught using engaging materials designed to foster independence, problem-solving and a love of learning. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles are embedded in many of our classroom lessons and centers. Academic skills, including early reading, writing and number skills are practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Literacy is highly-valued, and teachers spend time daily reading to the children. Children go out on the playground each day and attend a variety of special classes throughout the week, including Movement, Exploring Lab, Music and Technology Lab. Spiritual development and leadership skills are is encouraged through participation in a weekly chapel service. Kindergartners also spend time each day learning and practicing specific social skills that allow them to build strong relationships with other children and adults.

Curriculum

  • Literacy skills are taught using Letterland, a child-friendly approach to letter and sound recognition and early reading. Most public schools in Wake County and many private elementary schools in our area use Letterland in the early grades. (letterland.com)
  • Children use books from Literacy Wings (pioneervalleybooks.com/collections/rti-literacy-wings.html) to practice reading fluency and comprehension.
  • Writing instruction is modeled after the Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop (unitsofstudy.com/).
  • Fine motor skills are taught using Handwriting Without Tears (hwtears.com/hwt) and a variety of teacher-designed activities.
  • Math and science skills are taught using activities that incorporate STEM principles (drpfconsults.com/understanding-the-basics-of-stem-education/) and follow guidelines from the NC Department of Public Instruction.
  • Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com).