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Burnt Hickory Baptist Church Weekday Education Program

5145 Due West Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127

Phone:
(770) 590-0434

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Age level teachers meet monthly to plan. Thematic units are used. Social skills are taught.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Computer - age 5 and up Spanish - Kindergarten Science - age 3 and up

From the Director:

We enjoy watching children learn and grow!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each classroom has 2 adults who work with each student each day. The staff try to engage the children in activities that interest the child and to find ways to meet the needs of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Burnt Hickory Baptist Church Weekday Education Program is a ministry of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Our goals are to provide a safe, happy, Christian learning environment * encourage children to grow spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally,and socially * accept each child at his/her developmental stage and facilitate his/her growth * minister to families through communications, availability, and presentation of the Gospel * support families in the important task of teaching children * remember according to Psalm 139:14, everyone is "fearfully and wonderfully made"

A Typical Day

Each day at Burnt Hickory is full of routine and adventure. Each classroom offers a variety of experiences. Large group activities and small group activities are carefully planned by the teachers to meet the needs of the age group. A time of playing outside is included as well as a snack time. All children ages 2 and up participate in in-house field trips. Music class is a part of the curriculum for children ages 3 and up. Five year olds are engaged in a computer class weekly. Kindergarten children also attend Spanish class weekly.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open door policy for inquiry about the progress of the students encouraging the parents to call to talk to the teacher or administrator any time ther is a concern.We offer planned parent-teacher confernces during the year as well. We sponsor parent education classes through our church and community providing oppotunites for parents.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We try to be sensitive to the needs of the child offering comfort and reassurance. We encourage the parents to leave a child who is having trouble with separation. We provide a place for the parent to "hang out" out of sight if the child is very upset. We ask the parent to give us a call to check on the child if they are uncertain about leaving. We also call parents to let them know how things are going. We work with the family to help the child and the parent adjust. Sometimes we offer a shorten day to start with and slowly build up the time the child remains at school. We also provide an extra staff member in the classroom, if necessary. We specifically address separation anxiety at our parent orientation and in our handbook.