The preschool years are the most formative years of a child's growth and development. It is a magical, delightful, and wonderful stage unlike any other and is filled with moments of discovery about the world God has made. That is why we take great care to nurture and support the growth of the whole child. Beneath our playful approach to learning and our child-friendly classroom environments is a carefully thought out plan to help your child develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively.
Our core curriculum for preschool is the Big Day for PreK program from Houghton Mifflin. Based on years of research that demonstrate the importance of teacher-student interactions, immediate and regular access to the best literature available, and the need for social-emotional development instruction, Big Day for PreK offers a thematic and integrated approach to guiding our youngest learners. Organized around eight themes that grow in scope as children become more aware of their surroundings, the program introduces children to math, literacy, science, and the arts in a way that feels like play and inspires joyful engagement.
Handwriting skills are taught in our 3-year-old class through multi-sensory and manipulative tools from Handwriting without Tears. Focus is placed on teaching grip, number and letter recognition, and number and uppercase letter formation. In our 4-year-old class, we use a Zaner-Bloser program to continue teaching proper formation of letters and numbers. Starting with basic handwriting strokes and shapes, the curriculum incorporates songs, letter stories, and hands-on activities for an engaging approach.
For Bible instruction, the CEF Press series Little Kids Can Know God guides children through the one over-arching story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and shows them how God is revealed through His Creation, His promises, His sovereignty, His son, His miracles, the Savior, and His church. Chapel is held weekly to reinforce the lessons learned in class.
Our philosophy regarding early learners can be summed up in the following statements:
- Parents are primarily responsible for their child's education.
- God created children in a unique and wonderful way.
- Young children learn best through purposeful play.
- Spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development is just as important as cognitive development in the preschool years.
- Relationships are foundational for learning.
- The teacher's role in the classroom is to know when to teach directly, when to provide time for exploration and discovery, when to practice skills, and when to encourage creativity. Additionally, the teacher helps children understand how to function in the classroom by training them in what is appropriate and acceptable behavior.