Preschoolers will learn letters, phonic sounds, numbers, beginning writing, and many other important concepts--all which go along with a different theme each week.
Christian character traits and verses from the Bible are taught as integral parts of the learning experiences each month. In addition to daily training, teachers conduct weekly classroom Chapel Time, drawing from The Beginner Bible Biblical Foundations curriculum. Preschoolers hear and experience God's Word in an environment created just for them, with age-appropriate daily prayers, Bible lessons, songs, toys, crafts and monthly Bible verses. The children learn that God created them, loves them, and wants to be close to them always.
We use the Zoo Phonics program and phonemic awareness to teach letters and sounds. This program helps children learn the sights and sounds of each letter of the alphabet by using associated animal cues adn beginning sounds of words. Zoo Phonics teaches our threes, fours, and five year old's by using visual flash cards, verbalizing the letters and phonetic sounds, and then using body movements that corresponds with each letter and sound. This program is reinforced and integrated and expanded throughout their preschool education.
Math & Science Readiness
Our math and science curriculums, which begin in our 3-year-old classes and continue through Junior Kindergarten, have been developed by teachers. They are sequential at each age level. Our curriculum builds on the foundation for later success in math and science. This curriculum is integrated with our Phonics lessons. Children learn about the science of each animal, their chracteristics, behavior, habitats and more.
Social Studies, Art, Music & Movement
Our children learn a variety of subjects which are enhanced through art and music. For example, students are taught to listen to lyrical directions and respond creatively in song or rhythm. They may also create a project or paint a picture, thematic art, seasonal crafts, and open ended art. We value music and art as a means of expression where all children can experience success.
Learning Through Play
Play is an integral ingredient to develop language, personal interactions, problem solving, social integration, and exploring the world for young children. We use:
Rug toys to encourage cooperation, taking turns, communication and social interaction.
Playhouse activities encourage role playing, generate language development, build social skills, teach orderliness, and motivate creative thinking.
Puzzles/table games improve dexterity and provide practice with skills such as matching, classifying, sequencing, counting and patterning.
Sensory activities stimulate thought processes, generate new vocabulary, and increase awareness.
Arts and crafts table creations encourage development of small muscles, expressive language, listening to directions, pure enjoyment of individual expression and experimentation with paint, glue, chalk crayons, clay, paste, scissors and paper.
Science table helps children discover the world around them through sensory and hands on materials. They learn to experiment, test, hypothesize, predict and come to successful conclusions and outcomes.
Recess helps children develop social skills, large muscle development, learn basic safety rules, and continue to grow in compassion for one another during their outdoor play periods.
A healthy snack, which is provided by the school for the children, teaches nutrition, table manners, and is a social learning activity.