Our academic and Christ-centered curriculum is based on a well-rounded choice of unit/weekly themes. These themes lend themselves to all areas of the curriculum: science, math, arts, language, pre-reading, music and motor experiences. Learning centers, individual, and group instruction time help enhance these themes. The depth of learning is planned apporopriately for each age level. We believe children are continually learning and will capitalize on “teachable” moments. A low child-to-teacher ratio is maintained so we can provide each child with individual attention. Activities are planned to meet the children's needs and to stimulate developmental learning. We encourage children to work and learn at their own pace realizing that children learn best through everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when learning is fun! We do not use worksheets related to paper/pencil activities unless it is curriculum related to a specific skill or lesson. The four-year-olds use a modified version of Handwriting Without Tears.
All students will have Music and Movement weekly which will promote physical fitness and coordination as well as instill a love for music and knowledge of basic musical concepts. The teachers will use a variety of songs, musical instruments, games and equipment for this class.
Christian teachings will be woven throughout the day. Children will pray before snack and lunch, during circle time and other times of the day. They will hear Bible stories and sing praise and worship songs. The 2's, 3's, 4's and transition classes will attend a weekly chapel period led by a staff member. Christian books are available for book centers and story times. Through Christian care, children will begin to learn and experience the love of God. We welcome children of all faiths.
Our Transition class focuses on the growth of the whole child. Children will work together daily to play, solve problems, share experiences, and develop new knowledge. Our focus is for them to find a love for learning and have a sense of belonging and purpose. Curriculum will be both hands-on and project-based; language will be developed, fine and gross motor skills refined, socialization and spiritual growth nurtured, their world investigated, and art and music explored. The class will construct in-depth investigations around themes and children will be given the opportunity to experiment and make choices. Core skills include: music, science, time and space, math, social skills, movement, visual arts and language.