NDCS, located just outside Eugene, Oregon, offers full-day kindergarten, which emphasizes personalized learning, Christian discipleship, and exploration of the natural world.
Kindergarten is an exciting time for children. The lessons and habits learned in these formative years will have impacts that last a lifetime. At NDCS, basics are taught (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies) using the HighReach Integrated Learning System (HILS). Students are also taught “specials,” including art, music, nature study, Bible study, and physical education. These “specials” are offered at various times throughout the week to broaden each child’s knowledge base and skills. Kindergartners attend morning chapel, hearing and learning Bible stories, singing praise and worship songs, and learning to pray for their school and each other.
The integrated curriculum used in kindergarten makes learning meaningful and fun. Using an integrated curriculum means that there are no set times for basic school subjects. All subjects are woven together and presented many times a day in many ways. Children are learning multiple subjects (reading, math, science, and social studies) at the same time within a single activity.
NDCS is also unique in offering a nature-focused curriculum, with several nature/science activities planned every week. Our kindergarten program fosters a strong commitment to environmental education and active learning. As a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)-focused school, we use the outdoors as our own custom laboratory.
Children appreciate being challenged and love learning in a nurturing, supportive environment. Above all, kindergartners at NDCS are modeled and taught Christian values in the classroom, which helps develop their character and academic proficiency.
Children are guided through the kindergarten year by a caring teacher who works hard to instill values and moral concepts in the classroom. A small class size guarantees your child will be given individualized attention, ensures children can work at their own pace, and prevents kids from getting lost in the shuffle or forced to perform tedious tasks they’ve already mastered. This keeps behavior problems at bay since students are less likely to act out due to boredom or frustration.
You will receive detailed progress reports, and have access to student portfolio work. Kindergartners complete monthly evaluation tests. Tests are used to determine what skills need more practice and skills that have been mastered. Parent-teacher conferences also help keep parents of kindergartners engaged in their child’s learning. Weekly communication notes are sent home with your child. Bi-monthly homework assignments are sent home to reinforce skills taught in the classroom.
Several field trips (all-school and kindergarten-specific) are taken throughout the year, and on-site special events and speakers complement classroom learning.
Children spend their day actively learning through hands-on activities, projects, group discussions, and play. They are, in essence, expanding their minds, enhancing social skills, building self-confidence, and learning values and respect. These are important facets for success in future school grades. Students who graduate from the NDCS kindergarten program are more than ready to tackle the next big step…first grade!
Students take full advantage of our large and beautiful outdoor spaces, which include gardens, a pond, and grassy areas. These areas are perfectly suited for many learning activities. Two separate playgrounds allow for outside play throughout the seasons. These playgrounds and the open spaces outdoors provide ample room for sports and P.E. activities such as soccer, street hockey, scooters, jump roping, T-ball, kickball, basketball, races, hopscotch, etc. We have a lot of P.E. equipment that is used by the students during these active times.
Also, in the kindergarten classroom and school library, there is a large selection of excellent books of many grade levels. Books and easy readers are sent home each week with your kindergartner, which really accelerates each student’s love of reading and contributes to reading success.
Access to a fully-equipped kitchen enables the children to participate in many cooking activities as well as science experiments. A covered deck area with tables outside the kindergarten classroom provides a place for the students to get outside on rainy day, engage in messy projects, or just “get a little fresh air” as they work on classroom projects. On nice days, a large patio area off the covered deck is where you can often find our kindergarten students eating snack or lunch, painting, reading, and having classroom lessons.
We appreciate your interest in Nature Discovery Christian School. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a tour.