Gingerbread House Preschool
Gingerbread House Preschool has a warm, caring, and experienced professional staff. The teachers were chosen for their educational training, early childhood teaching experience, and their patience, sensitivity, and understanding of how young children learn. All classes use team teaching with two teachers in each classroom of 12 students. The curriculum is sent home to parents each month, informing them about academic activities and special events. The curriculum is developmentally and age appropriate and includes reading, math, science, art, music, physical education, and social development. We equip each child with the skills to perform to his fullest potential. Our program exceeds the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We have many special educational activities and events. Click here to learn more: special events.
Each classroom has at least one teacher with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a valid teaching license for Early Childhood Education from the State of Indiana Department of Education. The teachers participate in local and national teaching conferences and workshops. Our teachers have many years of teaching experience in elementary and preschools.
Our Educational Program:
The faculty of the Gingerbread House Preschool blend teaching of the non-cognitive skills, traditionally called "soft" skills with the cognitive "hard" skills because researchers have discovered that the non-cognitive skills make the difference between success and failure in life. The Seven C's (taking on challenges, self-control, changing perspective, connecting, communicating, thinking critically, and creative learning) are more important than the three R's (reading, writing, arithmetic). Without the 7 C's the 3R's cannot be mastered or used to build a happy and productive life.
The non-cognitive skills and attributes that we promote include: focusing attention, developing self-control, considering the feelings and perspectives of others, communicating effectively, making friends, enhancing curiosity, thinking critically, developing determination and persistence, taking on challenges, love for learning, and growing self-confidence. We help the children learn to become more independent. We encourage parents to follow the "Ten Rules for Raising Independent Kids" described by Kristen Howerton, Professor of Psychology at Vanguard University in California.
The cognitive educational content includes: reading, writing, math skills, art, music, science, geography, history, and physical education.
Our program is flexible and allows each child to learn at his own pace. We educate the whole child socially, emotionally, academically, and physically. Children acquire knowledge and understanding about the physical and social world in which they live through playful interaction with their teachers, their peers, and the environment. In a nurturing environment children are self-motivated to learn by their own curiosity and desire to make sense of their world. We stress cooperation and consideration for others. We learn together, play together, eat together, and clean up together. We are a team.
Even though Gingerbread House Preschool is located in the Zionsville Christian Church, the school is independent and does not offer religious instruction. Our teachers teach by example the values that peoples of all faiths cherish including empathy, kindness, reliability, honesty, respect, fairness, forgiveness, love, and compassion.
Gingerbread House Preschool is located in the heart of Zionsville, Indiana. Zionsville was ranked the best suburb in Indiana and the second best in the United States as reported in the October 2014 issue of Business Insider. Zionsville was also found to be the safest city in Indiana for the second year in a row, an achievement described in a July 2015 report by SafeWise and in a 2016 report by ValuePenguin. Zionsville was named the best place to live in Indiana in 2019 for the second year in a row by HomeSnacks.