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Living Faith Preschool/Afterschool

8600 Hood Road
Charlotte, NC 28215

Phone:
(704) 535-8041

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The Charlotte Mason aprroach to learning is used in our preschool. Below is a summary of our guiding principles based on the writings of Charlotte Mason. This is the foundation of our school: 1. Children are Born Persons All children are created in the image of God capable of digesting real knowledge which is served in a rich feast of living ideas allowing the learner to discover and explore many interesting concepts. The following points describe the pillars of our school: 2. Education is an Atmosphere Learners explore living, truthful ideas in a natural learning environment. Teachers nurture and guide the child to discover and explore the world in which they live. The classroom is an extension of the home and is designed to be a comfortable inviting space. Many real life enrichment activities are incorporated into the classroom. Families are encouraged and welcomed to participate in all aspects of the classroom. Partnership and open communication between the home and school is vital for the success and security of your student. 3. Education is a Discipline Good habits are the tools of the Parent and Educator. Once instilled they may enable the learner to grow. Good habits are modeled by the teachers and practiced with loving grace to lay down a strong foundation upon which children will develop a love of learning throughout their lives. Habit training includes but is not limited to: Attention, Obedience, Truthfulness, Thankfulness, Patience, Best Effort, etc. Individual attention is given to each learner based upon need. 4. Education is a Life The life of the mind feed upon ideas. Therefore only the best ideas are presented before the children. We recognize the child's innate ability to ingest knowledge proper and fitting to his or her development. We recognize that all truth and knowledge come from God through the teaching of the Holy Spirit. 5. Education is a Science of Relations When a broad and generous feast of good and noble ideas is presented, the learner will naturally form relationships with the new discoveries he or she explores. This relationship will provide validation of the child's first-born, God-given, natural affinities. Through the teaching of the Holy Spirit the child will be led into Truth.

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
  • Sign language
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Unifix cubes
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
  • Weekly hands on science experiments, Nature study
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Hymns, Folk Music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Children learn various techniques used by the Great Artists. The process is more important than the product.
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
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Children are exposed to works from the Great Artists and Great Composers and Great Poets. The Days of Creation is a yearlong scientific look into the world God created. Daily Nature walks always turn up something interesting which we use as learning moments. Simple sign language is taught to reinforce concepts, songs and ideas. It is helpful in developing agility in fine motor skills and coordination.

From the Director:

The Charlotte Mason Approach is a gentle, natural learning approach. For further information on the Charlotte Mason Philosophy and Approach please read "For the Children's Sake" by Susan Schaeffer MacAulay.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our experienced teachers and staff are dedicated to nurturing each child and committed to demonstrating the love of God to each student and their family.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Each child is a gift from the Lord, uniquely created and equipped by God and becoming the person He has intended. At Living Faith Preschool, we believe children naturally love to learn. A child's mind must feast upon a generous supply of good, noble and living ideas. Here at Living Faith Preschool, we strive to do just that. Gently providing a generous curriculum, cultivating good habits and supporting parents in their highest calling, allows the learner to experience and develop relationships with all of God's creation. Because learning is an adventure, we consider it an honor to partner with you and your child on this initial step of your journey called Preschool. We hope your child's experience at Living Faith Preschool will instill a lifelong love for learning.

Distinctives of a Living Faith Education:

Children are a gift from the Lord and are deserving of a rich and generous education from the very start. As Parents and Educators our duty is to bring the children up "in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." Our mission at Living Faith is to introduce the children to the Grand Designer and Creator of all we see. We encourage the children to understand every good comes from Him and we strive to instill a sense of wonder for all creation. Our relationship to our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son is the pivotal point of our curriculum.


Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableâ¿¿if anything is excellent or praiseworthyâ¿¿think about such things.â¿¿ ~Philippians 4:8

A Typical Day

Children are warmly greeted upon arrival with a smile and hug from their teacher. With music playing softly in the background, the children are free to choose from a variety of activities such as games, arts & crafts, creative play, blocks, puzzles, and manipulatives while the teacher goes to each student to play with or help as needed.
After tidying up the room, a bathroom break and snack follows. School Time is a group activity. The teacher tells a Bible story, introduces new concepts and habits. Children may sing and dance or do a science experiment. Next is Outdoor Time. Children may play on the playground, run in the big yard to their heart's content or take a lesiurely nature walk hunting for treasures to add to our classroom nature box. Lunch with a read-aloud book is always enjoyable. Children help with the clean-up and have free play once again. The day is closed with a quiet time of read-alouds, music and discussing what was discovered that day.

Sample Schedule:
9:00 Play Time

9:45 Snack Time

10:00 School Time

10:30 Outdoor Time

11:30 Lunch Time

12:00 Play Time

12:40 Story Time

1:00 Home Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers strive to come alongside parents to assist them in the learning adventure. Parents may speak with teachers daily as needed or schedule a conference. Resources such as to articles on habit training, recommended booklists for parents and children, and ideas for Kindergarten preparation are given to parents in a monthly newsletter. Family enrichment days allow for parents to share learning moments with their children. Parents are also encouraged to serve in the classroom either volunteering to be chaperone on field trips, coordinate events, read aloud to the class, donate toys or healthy snacks, etc...
Progress reports are sent home twice a year.
Parent education classes are being developed.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school