Our curriculum & philosophy is consistent with Developmentally Appropriate Practice Guidelines from the National Association of Education for Young Children, the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.
*We believe that children learn best in an atmosphere where they are loved, cared for, and accepted. We believe that each child grows at his or her own pace and our job is to foster that growth through providing an encouraging environment and active participation in a wide variety of activities.
*We believe that all children develop at their own pace and that many skills, such as writing and reading are developmental in nature.
*We believe that children best learn skills that are taught in meaningful context through interactive activities.
*We emphasize phonemic awareness in the area of reading readiness.
*We emphasize drawing, painting and other fine motor activities to develop pre-writing readiness.
*We believe that what children need most is love.
*Circle Time: 20-35 minutes, divided into two time segments - an opening to include: the Pledge of Allegiance, name recognition, calendar and weather activities and songs, & a morning message; and a second circle following center time to include: a story or group game related to the theme, songs, or poems. A letter, color, shape, or number concept may be presented in a song, poem, game or story.
*Center Play Time: 30-40 minutes, children select one of a variety of areas to play in. These include blocks, cars & trucks, science & nature, housekeeping, doll house, sand & water table, story & puppets, puzzles & manipulatives, art and writing centers. Children gradually learn to plan what they will do and learn to engage in purposeful play with peers. The staff assists the children in play and helps the children to learn vocabulary and concepts through play.
*Small Group Activity: 20-30 minutes, the class divides into groups and the children engage in a structured activity based on the theme. Typically each theme lasts for about 2 weeks. The theme may be about nature, homes, animals, family, holidays, seasons & weather or character related themes like kindness, listening, & praising God through music. The staff selects an activity from arts & crafts, science, cooking, story, or music & movement activities from our curriculum. Each child will do one small group activity each day.
*Snack Time: 15-20 minutes Sometimes the snack is related to the theme. Sometimes snack is made by the children during a small group activity.
*Outdoor Play: 15-20 minutes, children can play in the play house, use ride-on toys, climbing toys, balls, or play in our large covered sandbox.
*Once/week chapel and international music: 15 minutes