Our preschool program includes activities centering on communication, social studies, music, art, and gross and fine motor development. Dramatic play opportunities reinforce learning of practical life experiences. Each one of our activities vary according to the child's class.
Art: We understand the importance of open-ended process art experiences that enable the child to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and creatively. Paints, chalk, pencils, paper, markers, glue, paste and play dough are all available in a "free choice" activity center for the children to use as they wish.
Dramatic Play: Children have opportunities to play house, be a cashier in a pretend grocery store and dress up in play clothes. When children initiate pretend play they often become totally absorbed, and can be observed demonstrating skills and behaviors which are more refined and advanced than at other times. Through play experiences children develop self-motivation and the ability to make their own choices. They balance individual freedom with social cooperation, negotiation and responsibility for the welfare of others. They develop the ability to reflect and learn from their own mistakes with courage and confidence in themselves. Play can be the perfect context for developing these life skills. Play is important to children, play is learning. They learn to play and they play to learn. Games help children learn what words mean, like "stop" and "go". They play with sand and buckets and learn what "full" and "empty" means. They learn to collect and use information. They discover how things feel and taste. Children enjoy playing and it is easier to learn when we are relaxed. Play is the work, the occupation of childhood. We support the development of children's play by:
* providing resources and open ended materials that allow children opportunities to manipulate, explore, discover and practice
* respecting and valuing children's sense of ownership, autonomy and control of their own learning and play
* encouraging children to pretend and develop their imaginative play
* valuing play as a process not necessarily with any obvious outcome, but capable of one if the child so desires
* reflecting on our observations in order to plan and further extend children's play and development
Fine Motor: From the handling of simple tools to stringing beads, children are continually offered opportunities to develop their smaller muscles, an important prerequisite for writing. They also fine-tune their fine motor skills with cutting, coloring, play dough, puzzles, painting.
Gross Motor: Movement activities including climbing, crawling, running, and balancing are just a small part of the gross motor program. We have equipment that can be set up in our fellowship hall when the playground in unavailable due to the weather.
Language/Communication: We offer Show and Tell for each child. This provides children a knowledge of the world and something to talk about. It also helps them learn to speak in front of a group of people and overcome shyness. We also teach the letter recognition and numbers for the four's and shapes, colors and numbers for the three's as well as teaching them to write their letters and numbers. Sit in a circle and listen to stories while learning to hold and open a book. Sort colors and shapes according to color and size. We teach the three's to write their first name and the four's to write their first and last name. We teach them to hold their pencil correctly as well as tracing lines
Music: Exposure to and involvement with simple rhythm instruments are part of our music program. Rhythms are also "practiced" by the learning of songs and finger plays.
Social Studies: Learning about the "world around us" is the focus of this curriculum area. We learn about different occupations and cultures. Our Science and Social Studies curriculum is broken down into monthly themes. Each theme is explored and studied using special books, music and art projects which we incorporated into the lessons.
Math: We teach the class to recite the Days for the Week and Months of the Year. We also teach them to count to 30 and identify numerals 1-30. In addition the helping them learn to write their numbers as well as comparing objects more/less, small/large.
Spiritual Growth: Our preschool offers many opportunities throughout the day to encourage your child's spiritual growth. A new Bible story is introduced each week that is reinforced by the teachers using the related crafts and songs.
Development activities and Centers:
Arts and Crafts
Small and Large motor activities
Puzzles and games
House keeping and dramatic playground