Our Philosophy

We believe in a cognitively oriented curriculum where children are active mentally and physically, and where they seek out and organize information on their own, creating independent and creative minds through active learning.

Children participate in a daily process of planning, doing, and reviewing to sharpen decision making skills, build self-confidence, and begin forming the skills necessary for reading, language arts, mathematics, and science. Emphasis is also put on muscle development/motor skills through creative free and group play time. Daily activities can include art projects, reading, story-telling, blocks/ building, puzzles & games, water play, sand play, science, music and fun role playing games.

Time is given each day for a prayer before snacks, as well as a short story about Christian values. The Church Pastor also shares Christian stories and songs each week. We teach a message common to all denominations, emphasizing the love of God and Jesus Christ and treating all people with respect. We do not teach the doctrine of any particular denomination.

Core Areas of Development & Learning

Reading

Children are read to daily. Books are always easily accessible. We answer questions about what a word means, and write spoken words down on paper with the children.

Language Arts

Children are encouraged to express themselves verbally. Learning words and their meanings is a natural process, associating things children are familiar with to the word(s). We also encourage children to learn and recognize their printed names and attempt to have them write it.

Math

Children are familiarized with numbers through books and activities. Basic math skills like counting are taught in a fun and interactive manner.

Science

We attempt to make science as fascinating and interactive as possible, using activities like caring for plants and seeds, baking, cooking, field trips to museums, the zoo, and walks through our fields to teach scientific concepts.

Art

We encourage each child to express him/herself through artistic experiences. We introduce a wide variety of art materials and processes. Age-appropriate creative experiences are excellent tools to help build self-esteem.

Music

Music and rhythm are taught in small groups at age appropriate levels. Music is enjoyable and helps children develop awareness, self-expression, listening, and social skills in a group setting. Music is also a tool for teaching values.



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