Early Childhood

by Marija Ristic, 17th Jan 2016

When you think of preschool, what do you envision? Are you afraid that your child is still too small to be placed in a structured environment? Does it scare you how they might cope with the separation?
Well, don’t be. Preschool can only help your child.
Children gain a lot from going to preschool because they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes there. But, more importantly, they develop social and emotional skills and learn how to get along with other children, to share and to contribute.
Findings show that children who attend high-quality preschool enter schools with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.  So why not insist on preschool education when it can only help; when preschool is good for your child?
Know this: the 3-6-year olds are like little sponges at that age. They can take in so much; even more than you think. You as a parent should make use of this time to equip your little ones with the skills they need in their lives. Homeschooling your children at this age might give them a good academic head start (ONLY if you are educated in early childhood education to do so), but this type of schooling will fail to develop their social and emotional skills that are of an utmost importance for their future. And these skills get developed by child being around other children their age. Learn more...





Most parents want a good, solid education for their child. Finding a kindergarten program can be the beginning of a positive start to real schooling and can set the stage for life-long learning. Kindergarten, although not required by many states, allows opportunity to learn and practice critical social, emotional, problem-solving, and study skills that he will use throughout his schooling. Kindergarten accomplishes these things by:

  • Developing self-esteem. Your child will need to be confident in his ability to actually learn. By gaining confidence, the kindergartner develops a sense of who he is and how he relates to the world around him. In the Christian school setting, the student learns that God values him as his creation and that value is of utmost importance.
  • Teaching and modeling to cooperation. The kindergartner is best served with the opportunity to develop patience, take turns, share, and listen to others. These skills are essential to becoming a life-long learner, in and out of the classroom.
  • Sparking your child’s natural, God-given curiosity. Classroom surroundings, teachers and activities ignite wonder and curiosity in the kindergarten aged child. Taking this wonder and directing the student to a natural love of learning is important to the kindergarten experience.

Educators, parents, neighbors and friends all have varied ideas and opinions on what the answer is but most educators agree a good program has four basic guidelines that can be helpful in the decision making process. A great kindergarten program should:

  1. Expand your child’s ability to learn about (and from) the world, to organize information, and to solve problems. This will foster the kindergartner’s sense of self-worth and confidence, ability to work with others, and his interest in challenging tasks.
  2. Provide a combination of formal (teacher-initiated) and informal (child-initiated) activities. Investigations and projects allow your child to work both on his own and in small groups.
  3. Keep large group activities that require sitting and listening to a minimum. Instead, most activities feather play-based, hands-on learning in small groups. As the year progresses, large group activities become a big longer in preparation for 1stgrade.
  4. Foster a love of books, reading, and writing. Look for books, words, and kids’ own writing all over the classroom.

When looking at programs, keep these guidelines in mind — as well as the specific needs of your child and family. Not every program is perfect for every child. Some children thrive in a program with more direction, some with less. Want to know more about the kindergarten program at ICS? 

The ECE Program at ICS focuses on the overall developmental needs of each individual child. The materials in the classrooms were intentionally selected to provide an environment that not only encourages a self-motivated desire to learn, but also nurtures the faith and physical growth of each child.

Message from the Lower School Principal

Welcome to Intermountain Christian School!  This Early Childhood Education Program is designed to work with parents to engage children as they develop a sense of community centered on Christ. These young children will not only learn the building blocks for future academic success, but they will discover how they fit into this world. 

We believe that God created each of these children with a divine plan for their lives. We want to help develop every aspect of their person in order to provide them with the ability to discover, for themselves, what God’s will is for them. 

At this age, children are faced with daily challenges. Whether they’re trying to understand a basic reading or math skill, working through acts of selflessness with their peers, or simply learning to tie their shoes; our teachers are here to support and encourage them.

Thank you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Lauri Bradt
Lower School Principal