Young Knights

YK boys work daily through a curriculum that is guided by hands-on exploration and meaningful play.

Our Young Knights program is an active, hands-on learning, preschool experience for boys beginning at age two. A Young Knight is constantly moving and exploring. It is through both structured and free play that he begins to expand his boundaries and form significant attachments beyond home.

He learns to function more independently in a loving classroom environment as teachers model empathy, cooperation, and ways to communicate feelings effectively. His thinking is magical, and his vocabulary is expanding at a tremendous rate. Fine and gross motor skills are strengthened as the Young Knight engages in work and play. Whole and small group instruction is designed to cultivate a sense of wonder and promote the acquisition of self-help skills. Discovery and self-assertion are fundamental achievements for the Young Knight. His day is filled with the excitement of watching the world unfold before him.

Language Arts

  • Listen to stories
  • Understand that words convey a message
  • Simulate reading
  • Recognize first and last name in print


  • Count with help
  • Match quantity to numerals
  • Recognize basic shapes
  • Classify and sort objects into simple groups by attributes
  • Graph, make predictions


  • Experience the world through the five senses
  • Learn about plants and harvesting
  • Learn about camping and animals living in the wilderness
  • Study weather
  • Study rainforest animals and their habitats
  • Learn about ocean animals and landforms
  • Learn about everyday heroes in our community

Social/Emotional Development

  • Express emotions appropriately
  • Communicate needs and wants using words
  • Share and take turns
  • Make eye contact when interacting
  • Initiate and maintain play — independent, parallel, and group
  • Name some peers

Oral and Expressive Skills

  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Engage in conversation with teachers and peers
  • Sing songs and rhymes
  • Respond to ‘what’ and ‘why’ questions
  • Identify basic body parts, clothing, shapes, and colors
  • Follow two-part instructions

Self-Help Skills

  • Be aware of daily routine and follow it independently
  • Take care of personal belongings
  • Use restroom, wash and dry hands independently
  • Unpack lunch and attempt to open containers
  • Eat with a spoon and fork
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We intentionally educate and nurture the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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We know, nurture, and love each boy as a unique child of God.

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We teach the Bible and model the Christian faith to our boys.

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We aren't just teachers; we are life-long learners and students.

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We push students to engage as thinkers.

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In an increasingly connected world, our curriculum has a global perspective.

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Flexible teaching strategies seek to maximize learning for each boy.

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Our assessments aren't just a way to measure learning — we want our boys to demonstrate understanding.

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We seek to enroll boys from diverse backgrounds.

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We seek balance and excellence in all we do.

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We aren't just boy-friendly; we're boy-specific.

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Our program sets a foundation of learning that will help boys thrive beyond PDS.

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We take time to make sure our faculty and staff are growing spiritually.

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We hold high standards for ourselves, pushing ourselves to reflect, renew, and grow.

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Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade for almost 75 years.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111


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