"Our preschool classes are designed to be places where children become enthusiastic about learning and curious to learn more. The goal of the preschool at Oconee Christian Academy is to nurture each child's academic, spiritual, emotional, and social development in a wholesome and caring environment. We believe that many patterns of academic achievement and social behavior are formed during the preschool years, and our desire is to foster an attitude of enthusiasm for learning as well as a love and respect for God and each other. Such positive habits and attitudes formulated in preschool will benefit the child throughout his or her life.
These goals are realized through a carefully designed and graduated program, that leads the child through academic and social skill levels appropriate to his or her age. Our academic program focuses on phonics and pre-reading skills, manuscript letter and numeral formation, math concepts and concrete understanding, beginning science experimentation and observation, and introductory units of social studies. Interactive skills are developed through directed play and class routine, and creative expression is encouraged through crafts, music, movement, painting, coloring and imaginative play. Our spiritual goal is to emphasize God's love for each child and His plan for their lives by studying Bible stories, learning Bible verses, and singing spiritual songs. The specific objectives and curriculum scope, which are covered in each individual preschool class, are found in more detail on subsequent pages.
We believe that every moment of a child's day can be a learning moment, and that many important life lessons are learned in times such as â€œfree playâ€?. This part of the child's day has great intentional educational value, because preschool children learn best by concrete experience and experimentation. They use their five senses to explore the world around them and to learn about things such as size, weight, shape, amount, and cause and effect. Consequently, the "play timeâ€? each day provides a concrete foundation for academic and abstract understanding. For example, building with blocks or stacking graduated-size cups develops eye hand coordination and an understanding of cause and effect. Stringing beads, working puzzles, building pictures with pattern blocks or geoboards, arranging pegs in a pegboard, cutting and coloring are all means of developing classification skills and fine motor coordination. Experimenting with sand and water, forming designs and figures with play dough, and pretending with animals or dolls all help to nurture creative thinking, self-esteem, and mutual cooperation. These experiences offer opportunities for experiential learning, without which â€œacademics" for the preschool child could quickly become empty and meaningless.
Excerpted from the preschool's website