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Meca Christian Elementary Schl

425 Bohland Ave
Bellwood, IL 60104-1833

(708) 547-9980


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Every Parent wants the best for their child. A time to explore and to discover, and a time to grow. At Meca, your child will enjoy the safety of a Christian environment along with many learning experiences in a creative atmosphere of individual guidance.

We realize that this is the most critical time in a child's life. Critical because these are their formative years; the years when the behavior patterns, value systems and attitudes toward mastery and knowledge take root and begin to solidify. We understand also that children that are introduced to our Lord Jesus Christ at an early age have a more successful relationship with him throughout their future.

As Christian Educators, we are able to maximize both the child's Cognitive & Spiritual Development. Our program will encompass the teachings of the King James Bible in the narrative style in which it is written. By training our children through a chronological exegesis of the scriptures, our children will understand order and be historically informed. The stories of the Old and New Testaments in the lower grades lead up to a presentation of the more abstract statements in the New Testament epistles and the wisdom books for older students. The lessons from our entire curriculum flow from the Word of God through the heart of the teacher to the heart of the student. We believe that a project/unit study method of teaching will produce practical understanding of how academics affect the world around us, that children retain training better if they are actively involved and that with creativity there should also be a balance of seat work for the purpose of discipline.

It is essential to our philosophy to provide a healthy and safe child oriented environment for optimum growth and development. Inherent in this environment must be a wealth of experiences and activities geared to the individual child's developmental level. Included in our teachings are diagnostic tests which aid in assessing children's needs and strengths including a wealth of experiences and activities geared to the child's development which are designed to heighten the child's power of observation and further develop his problem solving skills.

It is our belief that children need the freedom to explore, wonder and to discover on their own, as well as situations requiring cooperative group interaction which is vital in order to develop social, perceptual and cognitive skills. Threaded throughout this process must be the emotional support systems that will allow, as well as encourage, each child to develop a sense of personal worth resulting in a strong self image.

We also recognize the importance of each child's parents and/or guardian in as far as their child's education is concerned. Thus, we will provide an avenue for parental input such as parent education, parent workshops and parent/teacher conferences.

Our school will pursue positive discipline. This type of discipline encourages positive behavior through modeling reinforcement and the use of alternative activities to encourage appropriate behavior. We administer corporal punishment when necessary. State children are exempted.

Children will be treated with respect so that they can internalize the positive benefits of such behavior. Food will never be used to either punish physically, socially or emotionally.

Finally, a realistic view of the world must be presented to the children in order that they may develop the flexibility of thought and action needed to adapt to an even changing society. In order to help them take responsibility for their own actions, children must be given the opportunity to react to realistic situations so that their problem solving skills are based on reality.

It is our belief that if the experiences are impressions received by the child during the preschool years are reflective of warm parental, concerned and caring teachers with a realistic environment, that the child will emerge from childhood an emotionally secure individual attuned to the rights and privileges of others, in tune with himself and the world around him.

Excerpted from the preschool's website