Grace Preschool provides a custom made experience to prepare children for a lifetime of learning.
Grace Preschool provides a hands-on, developmentally appropriate curriculum based in a Christian setting. Children have the opportunity to experience concepts in various developmental areas (language, math, and science, etc.) through books, manipulatives, art, music, movement, and sensory experiences.
Our curriculum is hand-crafted by our staff, and is designed to enhance the ability to communicate, to encourage a positive self image, stimulate intellectual curiosity, develop physical and social skills, and to increase spiritual awareness.
Attention is given to concepts needed for success when starting kindergarten. All children are equally treasured without regard to race, color, creed, religion, or national origin.
Our service to the community is that we are the part of the village that helps raise the child. We are that safe, close-knit group that provides support for families. We are not a substitute for parenting, but an enrichment to the family.
Upon arrival children are warmly welcomed by their teacher(s). Teachers help with any transitions or regular routines, if needed, in helping children adjust into beginning their morning at school.
They are free to choose from a variety of activities available on the tables or at any of the learning centers around the room (blocks, books, manipulatives, creative self-serve art, dramatic play).
After childern have had a chance to arrive and complete an activity or two, they are invited to help clean up and join in a group circle time with their classmates. Circle times include talking about the current theme, reading stories, singing songs, talking about the coming activities for the morning.
A special activity is available for children to participate in at the 'messy zone' table (cooking, art, or science experience project). Children are all invited to participate. Depending on their complexity, these projects are generally set up for just a few children at a time to participate so that they can gain the most from the experience.
Our 'back yard' as we often call it, is considered just as much 'the classroom' as the indoors. Activities include: large sandbox with various tools and water, tricycles, outdoor lego table, adjustable nylon tunnels, balls, outdoor art, picnic tables (to rest, do art, enjoy snack), park-quality climbing structure (slides, stairs, steering wheel, bridges, spiral climber, seats), nature experience (2 large oak trees, birds, squirrels to observe), moderate hill, realistic grass (preserves our oak trees and provides inviting, clean play surface), outdoor reading area (basket of books on a blanket on grassy hill under the big oak tree).
Healthy snack (often prepared by children)whole grain breads, crackers, cereals; highly quality dairy (yogurt, cheese); fresh fruits & vegetables. Children are invited to help set the table with our real (washable, sturdy, plastic) dishes and metal flatware. Everyone is invited to join in a short prayer to thank God for the food. Teachers sit down with the children, creating a 'family gathering' atmosphere. Conversations are encouraged around the meal and no one is rushed to finish. As each child finishes, they clear their dishes and may even 'wash' them in the sink, and stack them by type (math skills!).
Children are free to choose an activity in the room as others are finishing snack. Another large table activity becomes available to children, once snack is cleared.
Another opportunity to play and learn outdoors is also given.
Toward the end of the morning, children gather in their classes (or on the hill outdoors) for a closing circle time, and to sing a good-bye song.
Special activities include:
- Visits to our 'grandmas and grandpas' in the rooms next to our play yard. (The Live Oak Senior Adult Day Support Center on our church campus). We make regular visits to sing songs or deliver artwork we make for them.
- Regular visits from the mail carrier to pick up things the children have prepared for mailing to their own houses!
- Scheduled field trips (pumpkin patch, flying kites at the park, etc.)