Curriculum content

-Biblical Studies: We not only experience a daily "Jesus Time", but Christian instruction is integrated in all curriculum areas and play. Our curriculum, Faith Alive emphasizes the child’s relationship to God, to others, and to his/her world. The holidays, Christmas and Easter, are very significant. Through the use of flannel graph, vinyl graph, puppets, other visual, and dramatization, the Bible stories come alive for the children. We daily sing and pray to our Savior and Friend, Jesus, who always loves and forgives us.

-Language Arts: The children are introduced to foundational reading skills such as following directions, matching pairs, visual memory, auditory, sorting, sequencing, desiring to read, auditory listening, and differentiating between visual and auditory at their own pace through reading experiences and games. The children learn through play and hearing oral stories. They have the opportunity to listen to auditory stories during playtime and hearing picture books at story time. An essential skill that is focused on in this class is the knowledge of colors, which is done through games, activities, and ‘color days’. The Christian faith is integrated throughout various Christian stories that are read, and through rhythm and rhyme songs and finger plays. During the holidays we specifically focus on the Christmas and Easter story.

-Science: We encourage the students to use their senses to discover and explore God’s creation. They will participate in weather and seasonal change activities when giving data for our weather chart. The students will contribute to a daily graph by answering a question and reviewing that question daily. This class will focus on classifying all kinds of animals such as zoo, farm, water, and pets. Growth of seeds and participation of this helps the students learn how to take care of God’s earth. We focus on the point that everything in creation was created by God and that God wants us to take care of His earth.

-Music: Music is a part of their daily routine in preschool to be used to communicate and learn about each other. We use music in the classroom to praise God, get to know each other, prepare the children during transition time, giving directions, quieting groups, developing gross motor skills, auditory perception, cognitive skills, and listening skills. Different ways we use music is through gross motor games, instruments using rhythm, actions, finger plays, singing, and action songs. We use Christian based songs and finger plays to teach the children. They learn about God’s love and people in the bible through song.

-Art: The students will use a variety of materials to encourage the students to express themselves and feel encouraged and accomplished by their work. The materials we use include, but are not limited to tempera paints, finger paints, water colors, play dough, paper, collage materials, colored tissue paper, yarn, cloth, glue, sponges, crayons, and markers. Art will develop fine motor skills, creativity in the children and learning skills. We encourage the children to experiment and express themselves rather than making something look a certain way. The children will create Christmas booklets that help them remember the story of Christmas and how Jesus came to earth as a baby.

-Mathematics: In this class we emphasis introducing students to mathematical concepts through games and activities. Some of the concepts we focus on are comparison, observations, sequencing, counting, size, basic shapes, and recognizing numbers 1-3. In order to do this, we use a variety of tools including blocks, beads, balls, bean bags, flannel graphs, finger plays and actions songs. God gave us everything that we have, including things we can count and the shapes that we see around us. The children will learn how to use math to count and thank God for the things that He has given to us.

-Social Studies: We focus on the students understanding who is in their world and how everyone helps to care for God’s creation. An emphasis is placed on the values of family, church, and community helpers. We also learn about health, safety habits, fire safety, and good manners. These are learned through visitors coming into the classroom to tell about their work in the community and focusing on different jobs. An importance is placed on feelings, emotions, taking turns, growth, holidays and sharing. Learning how to be good friends, important members of our community, and the value of church in our lives will integrate the Christian faith through our social world. We learn to love and care for one another. Loving someone means telling them how much Jesus loves them.

-Phys-Ed (Fine Motor Skills): Children will learn to develop fine motor skills and coordination through various opportunities to play in the classroom with puzzles, play dough, blocks, manipulative games, glue, rhythm sticks, and instruments. They will learn new skills and reinforce mastered skills. One skill they will learn and will be focused on is cutting with scissors, built by cutting various materials.

-Phys-Ed (Gross Motor Skills): Children will have the opportunity to learn how to control and start developing control over their body through activities such as songs, games, and exercises. Various skills they will be introduced to or have a chance to master include walking, starting and stopping, marching or moving to music, hopping on two feet, running, walking on tiptoe, jumping, throwing and catching a ball, manipulating bean bags, walking on balance beam, and simple tumbling activities on a mat. Children will learn to not only eat right, but to be physically active in order to keep their bodies healthy. God has given us our bodies and wants us to take care of them by keeping them healthy.