For our youngest students, learning that the world outside of the home can be a fun and safe place is important. Nurturing and warm teachers will respond to children’s needs to help them transition into a positive first school experience. One and two year old children participate in art, short story times, bible story, and outdoor play. We encourage social experiences through playing and interacting with peers in daily routines within the classroom. Children practice taking turns, sharing, and listening to stories in addition to their daily activities.
We believe that preschool children (3-4 years old) learn best through a combination of developmentally appropriate methods including child-directed exploration of learning centers, small group activities, large group activities and some direct instruction. Our schedule reflects a balance of exploratory learning, small group work, and teacher-led large group times as well as large motor play both indoors and outdoors. Classroom activities will be planned around themes which are interesting and age appropriate such as insects, dinosaurs, favorite holidays, etc. Each classroom will provide activities in interest centers which are Reading/Writing, Science, Art, Math/Manipulatives, Music/Movement, Blocks, and Dramatic Play. Our curriculum is geared toward teaching children skills that will prepare them for success in kindergarten. We use the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum to supplement our center based learning activities.
Our daily routine includes prayer and an age appropriate bible story. These stories illustrate God’s love for each of us. We encourage children to “treat others as we want to be treated” (Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31).