"Philosophy Early Childhood is an exciting and important time of life. With the exception of infancy, there is no other time in human life when so much is learned in so brief a time. OUr view of early childhood is a time of discovering, experiencing, exploring and "hand's on" is best described through our curricular goals.
While the teacher brings to the classroom his/her own style and personality, three important goals are consistent through the following:
Christ-centered: Not only do we teach the Bible and Biblical concepts but we also strive to integrate the love of God (John 3:16) throughout the program. Often spontaneous events provide the best setting for sharing with a young child about Jesus. Children are taught that they are special and unique, made by God (Colossians 1:16) for a special purpose, and that God desires to have fellowship with them personally through prayer and learning about His Word..
Developmentally Appripriate: This means that staff trained and expected to provide activities that take into account how young children develop and learn. (II Timothy 2:15) Young children neither think nor learn like adults; they are concrete thinkers who learn by hands-on experiences. Therefore, they must be allowed to move around freely and explore in order for maximum learning to take place. In addition, language and pre-reading skills develop best when children are encouraged and challenged to express themselves verbally. The development of reasoning skills is much more desirable than that of rote memorization. We strive for an environment where natural curiosity and creativity flourish. In summary, childhood is viewed as a time to be relished rather than hurried through. We hope your child leaves this place believing that learning is fun!
Well-rounded: We believe that a superior program for young children views them as "whole persons". We understand that they have emotional, physical, spiritual, social, creative, and cognitive needs that are integrally related. We therefore approach early childhood education with a necessity for addressing all aspects of the child's "self". Curriculum plans for each child will include activities to enhance his/her development in math, science, creative arts, language arts, social studies, movement, Bible, and music."
Excerpted from the preschool's website