Our Day

Curriculum Goals:

The Emmanuel Day School embraces the Rhode Island Department of Education’s Early Learning Standards. These standards serve as a guide for the design and development of our curriculum. The Rhode Island Early Learning Standards cover nine domains; physical health and motor development, social and emotional development, language development, literacy, cognitive development, mathematics, science, social studies and creative arts. We work to ensure all nine of these domains are incorporated throughout each and every school day.

The curriculum which is used at EDS is not a predetermined and fixed set of information. Rather, it is an ongoing plan of action, based on the program philosophy and the individual children enrolled in the program. Each month, teachers cooperate to design our environment and program topics to meet the interests and needs of our students. Weekly lesson plans are written by the teacher in each group.

Our Day

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The Emmanuel Day School offers a full school day program for its students. We open our doors at 8am each day.

Arrival time is anywhere within the first hour. This time provides a window of opportunity for children to ease into their day. Parents are invited to stay and spend time with their child by enjoying such opportunities together as reading a book, working on a puzzle, exploring a center, or simply helping your child to feel more comfortable before separating for the day. It is also a wonderful time to speak with staff members.

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Early morning is time shared together as a whole group. In this multi-age grouping older children have more opportunities to nurture and model skills for younger children. Nurtured and encouraged by older peer models, they participate in more complex activities and develop at their own pace knowing that there are a variety of developmental expectations. These shared experiences nurture creative thinking skills, problem solving skills, vocabulary and social competencies for all age groups.  

8:00-9:00 Arrival Time/Center Activities

Morning Meeting

Introduction to calendar concepts, literacy and math foundations, weather explorations and Spanish. Interactive whole group meeting incorporating song and movement activities.

Parents contribute healthy snacks for the students to share each day. Students are taught self serve appropriate portions using the proper tools

Outdoor Play

Students engage in outdoor play at least twice each day. They use a variety of fun manipulatives to excite the imagination and inspire pretend play and new games. We firmly believe that children need fresh air and the opportunity to run and play freely after a morning of fun and educational development. We will make every effort to get outdoors each day. We will opt though on days of very inclement weather or dangerously cold temperatures to limit our outdoor time or we will engage in gross motor activities indoors.  



Meets two morning per week with Mother Anita. Using the Godly Play Program, students work together to retell stories using props.

Structured Centers

During this time of day we break up into smaller developmentally appropriate groupings. Based on the individualized needs of each child, we explore enriching opportunities in: Math Awareness, Literacy Foundations, Science Discovery, Music and Movement/Interpretive Dance, Social Studies, Art, Cooking and Dramatic Play.


Outdoor Play

Story and Music Explorations

Additional Centers Activities

2:00 Dismissal

Upcoming Events

4:30 pm Soup’s On! @ Emmanuel Church
Soup’s On! @ Emmanuel Church
May 2 @ 4:30 pm
Join us this evening for Soup’s On! Come enjoy a home cooked meal by our chef Jackie Breen! Be sure to join us at 4:30 for an informal service before dinner in All Saint’s Chapel. All[...]
4:00 pm Godly Play! @ Emmanuel Church
Godly Play! @ Emmanuel Church
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Godly Play! @ Emmanuel Church | Newport | Rhode Island | United States
Join Mother Anita and Miss Jackie (aka Chef Jackie) for 6 weeks of Godly Play fun. If your schedule has not permitted you and your family to be here for Sundays at 10 am Godly Play,[...]
8:30 am Neighborhood Breakfast @ Emmanuel Church
Neighborhood Breakfast @ Emmanuel Church
May 6 @ 8:30 am
Join us this morning for our monthly Neighborhood Breakfast. All in the community are welcome to attend.

School Schedule

  • Monday-Friday8am-3:30pm