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Christ for Kids Day Care Preschool

7211 Oakland Drive
Portage, MI 49024

(269) 327-0512


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"SMLS & CFK offer Christ-centered programs in a loving and caring atmosphere. Teachers and staff believe it is our responsibility to introduce and foster growth in each child in a relationship with God, the Bible, the family, the community, and the world. We desire to meet the needs of the whole child - spiritual, social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative. Our teaching philosophy evolves around the concept that all children can learn. Our teachers believe that as educators, it is their responsibility to determine each child's strengths and provide opportunities for continued growth. This builds self-confidence and provides individuals with positive and successful learning experiences. Another important role our teachers play is to provide students with the support they need for successful learning. This is accomplished through activities such as one-on-one and small group work, working with parents to provide additional support at home (since learning doesn't end when students leave school), making themselves available to students when they are feeling confused or overwhelmed, and having a classroom library full of literature for students at many different stages in the reading process. Our teachers stress daily the importance of having an "I CAN DO IT!" attitude rather than "I can't.""
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Our student's will daily experience activities such as:
Bible Time: Each thematic unit is tied to a Biblical theme helping students see God as a part of our daily lives. In addition to daily Bible readings, teachers encourage students to look to Jesus for guidance with our daily interactions. Prayer is a natural part of our day.
Language and Literacy: Books surround our students! In addition to books that support the weekly theme, students illustrate and dictate original stories. They also have the opportunity to bring their stories to life in our dramatic play or puppet centers.
Science and Discovery: Students enjoy sorting and classifying as well as completing simple experiments that build a foundation for self-guided learning.
Math Concepts: Students use daily calendar exploration to count, develop number recognition; learn the days of the week and months of the year.
Artistic Expression and Creativity: The natural creativity of our children is displayed on art galleries throughout our rooms. The focus of art projects is on the process rather than the product.
Dramatic Play: Our dramatic play area has been transformed into the space shuttle, a post office, the Little Manger of Bethlehem, and more! During this time students practice their communication skills as they dress up, try new occupations and develop their expressive communication skills.
Gross Motor Activities: Weather permitting, students go outside daily. In addition to our playground and open field area, we visit the school gym. Students participate in a blend of organized group activities as well as independent play/exercise time.
Choice Centers: Each center is carefully designed to support a learning goal in a playful manner. During center time, the learning is child-directed. Our teachers facilitate by providing support while encouraging questioning and exploration.
Group Meal/Snack Time: Students and teachers enjoy their meals together. Meals begin with prayer followed by conversation and nourishment.
Reading/Rest Time: After our lunch, students of all ages are encouraged to rest, listen to quite music or read a book. Younger students frequently nap. Older students and others who do not nap engage in educational games, crafts, and free-art exploration after a brief rest time.
Excerpted from the preschool's website