Our goal is to establish a healthy balance among play, spirituality and academics in a structured Christian environment. Socialization is a high priority. We want to teach your child important skills such as: critical thinking, verbal communication, peer relations, respect, and a cooperative attitude. We will also help your child develop in several other areas: spirituality, visual arts, fine arts, cognitive gross and fine motor skills, and emotional development.
Broad goals for each class are:
One Year Olds- one year old to two years old: Art, reading books and telling stories, listening and dancing to music, singing songs, playing simple games and activities, developing social and motor skills, enhancing verbal skills and beginning to introduce colors.
Two Year Olds- two years old to three years old: Counting, introducing the ABCs, introducing numbers and counting, enhancing verbal and communication skill, developing gross motor skills, problem solving and reasoning skills, introducing simple basic shapes, developing good listening skills, following simple directions, playing games, enhancing memory and recall.
Three Year Olds- three years old to four years olds: Recognize ABCs, numbers, first and last name; introduction to ABC sounds, counting items, developing fine motor skills (cutting, puzzles, beads, eye/hand coordination), problem solving and reasoning skills, recognize shapes, work with patterns, learn the days of the week and months of the year, introduction to writing first name, learning opposites, developing good listening skills and following more complex directions, developing good memory and recall skills (example: street address, phone numbers, nursery rhymes) and playing more complex games.
Animated Literacy Program
In the 2004-2005 school year, the preschool implemented a new program which is a great benefit to the three and four year old students. As an introduction to phonemic awareness, we implemented the Animated Literacy Program – each alphabet character and sound is introduced in association with suggested literature that the teacher reads aloud to the students. After the introduction of each alphabet character, the students learn to perform a gesture from the character’s story while producing the character’s sound.
Four Year Olds (Pre-Kindergarten Class):
The Pre-K class will be using the curriculum Handwriting Without Tears. The program is a simple, developmentally based method that makes handwriting easy-to-teach and easy-to-learn. Many of the activities are multi-sensory and are planned to appeal to all learning styles and preferences. These activities alleviate boredom, enhance attention, and make learning more fun!
A division of Handwriting Without Tears is a program called Get Set for School readiness curriculum. It uses a developmental approach that is based on the most relevant research about how children learn best. There are three parts to this curriculum: 1. Reading and Writing, 2. Numbers and Math, 3. Language and Literacy. This program incorporates teaching strategies, such as using music and movement, multisensory manipulatives to build fine and gross motor skills. The reading and writing lessons teach body awareness, cooperation, taking turns, listening, crayon grip, drawing, building, letter and number recognition, capital letter and number formation. The numbers and math lessons teach counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem solving, and geometry. The language and literacy lessons teach syllables, names and sounds of letters, words linked to content, new words in spoken language, how to respond to simple questions, and how to have discussions and share ideas.
During this Pre-K year, your child will have many opportunities for hands-on science to explore their environment. At this age, children love to express their individuality through types of music, movement and drama. Students will have the opportunity to share what they have learned through drawings, constructions, and discussions of more complex activities. In an effort to prepare the child for kindergarten readiness, we will also concentrate on developing self-help skills and the ability to complete tasks independently. The students will develop social awareness and a respect for others. Most importantly, a strong effort will be made to help each child develop self discipline and follow classroom rules and routines. Each child will take responsibility for their choices.