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Early Childhood

The early years are a special time filled with boundless curiosity and wonder. Dawson’s Early Childhood program is designed to spark a lifelong passion for learning in young children starting at age 3. 

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Age-Appropriate, Play-Based Curriculum

Alexander Dawson’s differentiated approach to early childhood education seamlessly blends direct instruction with play-based activities. Our experienced and passionate educators tailor instruction to meet each child at their developmental level through ongoing assessments.

Dawson’s Early Childhood program nurtures, challenges, and supports students. We achieve this by fostering independence and honing essential skills such as problem-solving, listening, language, and fine and gross motor skills. Our curriculum includes literacy, mathematics, social-emotional development, technology, music and movement, studio art, library, and health and fitness. 

At Dawson, we lay a strong foundation for your child’s educational journey while prioritizing social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Through intentional instruction and a commitment to each child’s learning goals, our NAEYC-accredited program prepares students for the K-8 experience and beyond. 

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Curriculum Overview

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Learn more about our Early Childhood program curriculum

Top 11 Books to Read From Dawson's Early Childhood educators:

  1. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years Old  By Jim Fay and Charles Fay, Ph.D.
  2. Parenting with Love and Logic By Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  3. The Blessing of A Skinned Knee: Using Timeless Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children By Wendy Mogel
  4. The Blessing of a B Minus By Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.
  5. The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally By David Elkind
  6. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind By Daniel Siegel
  7. Between Parent and Child By Dr. Haim G. Ginott 
  8. The Read-Aloud Book By Jim Trelease
  9. Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids By Denis Pope
  10. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success By Carol S. Dweck
  11. Helicopters, Drill Sergeants & Consultants: Parenting Styles and the Messages They Send By Jim Fay