Our Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Programs
We desire each child in our program to have a successful, preschool experience. Children come into our program with a wide variety of personalities, talents, and abilities. Each child is helped to realize that he/she is special and loved. Every effort is made to help each child feel secure and confident. We teach mainly through experiences that children can touch, see, hear, and explore. All classes work on language skills, counting, number recognition, social and self-help skills, as well as large and small motor development. Through our lessons and carefully selected classroom toys, the children become aware of the world God created around them and their part in it.
The emphasis in our three year-old program is on the development of social skills such as learning to work with other children in a group, taking turns and sharing the teacher’s attention. We also work on independence and self-help skills. Bible stories are an important part of the day. Pre-reading and pre-math skills are also a part of the program.
The emphasis in our four year-old program continues to be social and self-help skills, with the addition of kindergarten readiness. Increasing emphasis is placed on such areas as writing names, recognizing letters and their sounds, numbers, and early math skills. Bible stories, learning about God, and prayer continue to be important components of the program as well.
Children in all classes have daily jobs which serve to develop both competence and self-confidence. Field trips throughout the year complement what we are doing in class.
Our bright and cheerful classroom is decorated to appeal to lively youngsters and provides them with a welcome and safe environment. The room is filled with a variety of toys, games, puzzles, books and other equipment that will stimulate a child’s imagination and thinking skills, and promote small and large muscle development. There is an outdoor, fenced playground to play in when the weather allows, and an indoor play area when the weather is disagreeable. Our facility is designed with a paramount concern for a child’s safety, security, self-esteem, and sense of fun.
A typical day for all classes involves some free- play time and some structured time. We know that “play is children’s work” and by offering quality choices, we enable children to gain knowledge and confidence. Group time involves Bible stories, singing, discussion of weather, holidays, seasons, etc., story time, show and tell, group prayer and a variety of other activities. We also work together on crafts, and we eat together at snack time. When weather permits, there is daily outdoor play. During inclement weather, we utilize a large playroom in the basement.
Daily Schedule 2018-19 School Year
Three-Year Olds Class
09:00 – 09:15 Arrive, puzzle time, special activity
09:15 – 09:45 Group time (daily jobs, music, letter of week, Bible story, show and tell, etc.)
09:45 – 10:00 Large muscle activity (playground or inside play room)
10:00 – 10:20 Bathroom break and snack time
10:20 – 10:30 DEAR (Drop everything and read)
10:30 – 10:45 Story time and math/science activity
10:45 – 11:00 Craft project (small motor skill practice)
11:00 – 11:25 Free play/center time
11:25 – 11:30 Prayer time and dismissal
Four-Year Olds Pre-K Class
08:50 – 09:00 Doors open for parents to bring their child into the school
09:00 – 09:10 Arrival, attendance taken, children work on letter of the week book
09:10 – 09:30 Group time on the rug; daily jobs, Bible story, letter time, songs
09:30 – 09:35 Class reward for good behavior at group time; fun activity or song
09:35 – 10:00 Free play
10:00 – 10:15 Bathroom break and hallway activity
10:15 – 10:25 Snack time
10:25 – 10:30 Dear time (drop everything and read)
10:30 – 10:40 Teacher reads to class
10:40 – 11:10 Arts/crafts & puzzle time
11:10 – 11:30 Math, science or social studies
11:30 – 11:40 Closing circle (extra time on theme or letter) and prayer
11:40 – 12:00 Large motor activity (playground or motor lab in basement)
12:00 Dismissal to parents in the front lobby