Over the past several years, parents have begun enrolling their children in school at a younger age. Instead of beginning their educational journey in Kindergarten, more and more families are opting for early learning programs to enhance socialization and instill a love of learning. While there are several preschool options here in our community, we thought we would ask the people who know our program best to explain “our difference.”
“I love the comfortable environment created to allow the children to learn in many different ways. In addition to the physical and intellectual growth we’ve seen this school year, our son’s confidence and creativity have also really developed. SDS has an energy about it that fosters excitement and curiosity within its students and participation by their parents. ”
– Sarah McGirt
“One of my favorite events in 3K was the un-birthday party where they celebrated everyone’s birthday with a party and a homemade gift. Children at this age usually are so egocentric that if you ask what someone else wants as a gift they answer with the item that they wish for, but not these students. They know each other so well that they made things that were exactly the perfect gift for that other child. My child slept for months cuddling her pig made from a coffee container that her classmate made for her. They took a piece of garbage and made it one of Elena’s most valuable and cherished items.
One of the things that truly sets SDS 3K apart is the communication with parents. Our teacher uploaded pictures and a short paragraph about the kids’ day, every day. Asking a 3K student what they did for school that day doesn’t always lead to much information, but when you can show pictures, they can tell you details and stories that allow us to really witness their learning experiences.
The twins have learned to explore and are excited to learn every day. They have gained confidence to be like those big kids attending school. They are compassionate with their classmates and have learned how to compromise and share. And of course we see huge changes in their school-related knowledge, such as how to write letters, draw and sing songs. They even have learned a new language, Spanish.”
– Kara Bopp
“The SDS 3K program stands out in my eyes because my son is learning how to write his letters in a fun and creative way. He doesn’t even know that he is learning.”
– Ann Hopkins
“It’s unbelievable to see our little boy’s progress since he started in the SDS 3K program.
Just recently we had our parent/teacher conference where we got to see how Willard wrote his name at the beginning of the year versus how he can write it now and the improvement of his fine-motor skills is incredible. Even more important to us though is that he loves where he is and he loves to learn – he’s learning to adapt to different situations, making life-long friends and having fun. For this, we are forever grateful.”
– Manning Fairey
“SDS 3K program offers plenty of opportunities for active play. Our daughter is playing and learning while playing. The program also stands out to us because of the talented and loving teachers. Not only the classroom teachers but the PE, Spanish, art, music and library teachers. How wonderful that three year olds are exposed to all of the above.
Our daughter has grown leaps and bounds this year. She knows her colors, some letters, how to write her name and how to discover new things through play.”
– Ann Johnson
“Both of my children were in a home daycare setting prior to 3K with minimal student skills and both have left 3K writing their name, knowing a few Spanish words, loving art, loving school, ready for SDS summer camps and looking forward to the next school year.”
– Haley Williams
Caring and knowledgeable teachers, an environment full of joy, a curriculum fostering both curiosity and a love of learning…all coupled with daily communication from teachers…that is the value of the 3K experience here at Spartanburg Day School. An experience that pays rich dividends by preparing even our littlest griffins for a life truly well lived.