The students attend an art studio once week, aside from classroom artwork. We use different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression. They progress in abilities to create drawings, paintings, models, and other art creations that are more detailed, creative, or realistic. The students will develop growing abilities to plan, work independently, and demonstrate care and persistence in a variety of art projects. They will also begin to understand and share opinions about artistic products and experiences as they demonstrate delight in beauty and respect for the creative work of others.
Each child will recognize his/her value as a beloved child of God. Students will attend a weekly chapel service and be inspired by the word of God. They will enjoy daily Bible study, primarily through Bible stories.
It is the primary goal of preschool Bible instruction to help each child recognize his/her value as a child of God. Through daily Bible teaching/modeling, each child learns to appreciate God as their creator and to know that He loves them.
Students will learn to count orally, learn to recognize numbers and begin to write numbers. They will understand and appropriately use number concept terms, such as the same, equal, more, less, first and last.
Pre-kindergarten students engage in a variety of activities, including developing the singing voice and singing a variety of simple songs and playing instruments to experience and classify different sounds and timbres. Students learn performance skills through a seasonal production once a year for parents and grandparents.
Pre-Kindergarten children should experience explosive growth in their spoken and receptive vocabulary. Such growth is a critical component for future reading achievement. Students will be read to multiple times daily. Students will be encouraged to develop more precise vocabulary and speech patterns to express information, needs, interests, and concerns.
Students will develop an increased ability to sustain attention to the spoken word and will learn to listen for different purposes, as in receiving instructions, having a casual conversation, etc. They will demonstrate the ability to respond to increasingly more complex instructions and information.
Students attend weekly lab classes with our accomplished Science teacher, Mrs. Rust. They will "discover" the scientific method as they explore the world with their natural curiosity. They will develop an understanding of the world in which they live first by their personal observation and then by describing, classifying, comparing, and predicting. The following topics are included: seasons, weather, plants, space, insects, five senses, magnets, taking care of the earth, animals, health, and safety.
Pre-Kindergarten students are usually fascinated with the nature of their cultural and environmental world. They will learn about their own community as well as other cultures. Because four and five-year-old children are beginning to understand the nature of time, they are able to relate to concepts of past, present, and future. They will learn to appreciate their heritage and be responsible for it in the future. The following topics are included: Multicultural Migration Butterfly program, Mother Goose Day Recital, Native Americans, Community Helpers, Thanksgiving, Children of the World, Presidents, Holidays, Martin Luther King.
The Outdoor Education program is an integral piece of the preschool learning, providing opportunities for powerful learning experiences outside of the classroom. We integrate daily outdoor class experiences into the curriculum with our science and nature program and include field trips in our programs. These activities all encourage children to connect with nature while enhancing learning and encouraging a sense of self-reliance. The learning experiences will deepen and reinforce classroom study, as well as the social fabric of the class. Hiking and planting activities enhance learning, create a reverence for nature and a sense of stewardship for our environment, and build self-confidence in our students. There are countless dynamic and memorable learning moments that happen when we encourage children to investigate, explore, and play outside the classroom.
Our technology programs are supported by our classroom Apple TVs and iPads. These tools capture the attention of early learners through technology and the power of play while building necessary skills for kindergarten as well as assessing their individual progress.