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Early Childhood

A Holistic Approach for Shaping Young Learners in a Nurturing Environment

Grades PK3-Kindergarten

Canterbury’s early childhood program is integral to the Canterbury School of Florida's learning process. Students become more independent, self-directed, and adept at problem-solving. They dive into science-based curricula to gain the readiness skills necessary for the formal learning of later years. Our curriculum also offers the core subjects of English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Science. Enrichment classes for students include Music, Art, Physical Education, Motor Lab, Spanish, Library, and STEAM Lab.

The Early Childhood Experience

Canterbury’s early childhood and elementary students are engaged in academic rigor and social-emotional development. The academic curriculum is designed to provide students with a developmentally appropriate foundation while creating academic and social opportunities where students can confidently shine. From public speaking to being challenged in the motor lab our students develop the confidence to never give up!

A Snapshot of our Curriculum

Our students are just as likely to be engaged in a handwriting or math lesson or on a field trip to a local museum as they are making mud pies in the outdoor kitchen of our STEAM garden. This multifaceted, inquiry-based curriculum allows students to value the process and develop a lifelong love of learning. 

Early Childhood faculty create joyful and challenging academic experiences in and outside the classroom, building on students’ natural curiosity and sense of adventure. 


A dedicated team of teachers collaborates to harvest, support, and celebrate the academic journey, focusing on educational and social-emotional growth and development. The Learning Center provides enrichment or accommodations that address learners' diverse needs and developmental levels.

Early Childhood Faculty

Our faculty embody the Canterbury spirit and mission: their selfless and collaborative efforts towards creating classrooms where students are cared for, educated, nurtured, and inspired make Hough Campus a magical and one-of-a-kind community.

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Joe Abad

Titles: PK3 Teacher Aid

Katie Carpenter

Titles: PK4 Teacher Aid

Megan Dobiesz

Titles: Kindergarten Teacher Aid

Taylor Eade

Titles: Kindergarten Teacher

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Beyond the Classroom

In addition to our academic program, Canterbury encourages students in Early Childhood to push their boundaries by providing ample opportunities to explore, discover, and grow in our mission to develop the whole child.

Flag Assembly

The Hough community gathers  at Flag Morning Assembly to celebrate accomplishments, build confidence through public speaking and performing, and share lessons that align with our LEADS character development program. Parents, students, teachers and special friends are welcome daily to embrace traditions and special events.

Educational Technology

Educational technology plays a pivotal role in enhancing students' learning experiences. Interactive touch boards, One-to-One iPads, academic subscriptions, and manipulatives spark curiosity and an eagerness to learn. An integrationist collaborates across all disciplines to deliver cross-curricular lessons that ignite learning.

Motor Lab

Early childhood students participate in specific motor-based activities that focus on developmental skill building.  Graded movement activities promote posture, stability, and mobility which promote a strong foundation for higher level academic skills. 

Canterbury's Motor Lab was featured on ABC Action News!

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Enrichment Classes

The opportunities children have for hands-on learning at Canterbury are unmatched in our community. On average, students spend 420 minutes per week in these enrichment courses offered by specialized instructors. Teachers in these areas are highly talented, motivated, and wonderfully adept at teaching multiple grade levels. It should also be noted that, while not an “enrichment class,” ALL our students enjoy recess daily!

Buddy Program

Preschool students learn from their "big buddies" who mentor them.  They help get them acclimated to a school environment by guiding them at our Flag assembly, reading together, and other campus activities that align with our mission.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


Enrichment Faculty

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Christine Fitch

Titles: Lower School Physical Education

Melissa Fitzpatrick

Titles: Director of the Learning Center, Ocupational Therapist

Linda Garrison

Titles: Early Childhood/Lower School Librarian

Hailey Kelley

Titles: Early Childhood/Lower School Music Teacher

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Other Programs that Enhance the Academic Experience

At Canterbury, we prioritize the holistic development of every student. Our educational ethos permeates all aspects of our school programs, instilling values and lessons that enrich the academic journey. We aim to augment the academic experience through programs that seamlessly align with both our mission and our curriculum.

Early Childhood LEADS

Hough students are engaged in values-based, age-appropriate discussions, caring and compassionate interaction with their community, and service opportunities. Students learn to navigate good decision-making, build positive relationships, and share kindness with others.


After School Opportunities

A variety of after-school enrichment classes are available for all ages. Students can create and innovate with their peers in Coding and Snapology, sharpen their basketball or soccer skills, or master their music and dancing skills in Music and Motion and ballet. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy! An aftercare program is also available.


Our Chapel Program

Early Childhood students have front row seating for a weekly chapel service that includes songs, lessons, and a time to share and celebrate.  Our Chaplain David Gould delivers a developmentally appropriate message that connects with our curriculum, service initiatives, character development and commemorates important events.


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