"At the Isle of Faith Child Development Center, we recognize each child as a unique gift from God, and do not discriminate based on race, color or religion. Our primary objective is to provide a safe, loving environment that enables children to explore and develop their abilities at their own pace. Through our nurturing environment, we hope to foster confidence and an enthusiasm for learning about the world around us, and the Lord who made it all that will last a lifetime. Below is a list of opportunities we provid e all children in our care. Many of the experiences are similar for all age groups, with the children being able to take on more responsibility and use their materials in varying, more complicated ways as they mature.
The children will have the opportunity to:
· Become familiar with worship and praise in the Church Sanctuary.
· Hear and discuss Bible stories.
· Rejoice in the love of God by praying to, praising in song, and talking about God.
· Celebrate Christian holidays.
· Build relationships with peers and adults.
· Resolve conflicts using words rather than physical contact.
· Encounter the joys and difficulties involved in group play. Sharing is HARD!
· Observe caregivers using and practice using courtesy and kindness to others through actions such as saying “please”, “thank you” or comforting someone who is sad.
· Become aware that life is made up of many rules that change according to the situation. Example - loud voices are for outside.
· Have hugs, cuddles and a warm lap to sit on whenever needed.
· Express their own emotions and witness others express emotions.
· Develop self- help skills by being encouraged to help keep the room organized, dispose of trash appropriately, wash hands, clear away own snack items when finished, and put on/take off necessary outside clothing.
· Say “I did it” and hear praise for their accomplishments.
· Make their own choices for daily activities from a number of centers. This values their ideas, strengthens decision- making skills, allows independence, and develops time management and a sense of time. (Example - a child chooses to spend all of his/her time building with blocks, but is upset when the paints are put away and he/she has no picture to take home. The next day he/she may use their time differently).
· Identify various body parts and experiment with the movement of each using song, dance, music and fingerplays.
· Practice gross motor skills (running, climbing, jumping, etc.) through outdoor play.
· Strengthen fine motor and eye/hand coordination skills through numerous activities such as catching bubbles, coloring, stringing items, puzzles, stacking, cutting, weaving and playing with small manipulatives.
· Explore various materials using all the senses - sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch.
· Play! We realize that an abundance of play at this stage provides a crucial foundation for academic skills needed later. Through play, children develop an understanding of the world around them, build relationships and explore (ultimately mastering) skills at their own pace.
· Explore language by speaking own ideas, listening to others, singing, reading stories and observing words in a print-rich environment.
· Express their creativity by making their own artwork. We provide a large amount of different art materials for the children to use to express themselves.
· Become familiar with numbers through counting items as a group, singing songs involving adding or subtracting items, estimating, viewing items grouped in different amounts and changing those groupings.
· Compare, contrast, sort, match and classify everything.
· Explore the natural world around us and then bring items inside for further study.
· Identify shapes, colors, and objects using items in our environment.
· Develop a sense of time by experiencing and discussing lengths of time such as a minute, hour, day, week, month, and year.
· Build and tear down using many materials such as wooden blocks, legos, pegs, and foam shapes. Building requires imagination, balance, understanding of basic physics and a sense of spatial relationships.
· Have ooey, gooey fun. Sensory experience such as sand, water, play dough, silly putty, cornstarch, clay, birdseed, macaroni and shaving cream brings out the scientist in all of us."
Excerpted from the preschool's website