From the Director:
Curriculum Philosophy Preschool is an important time in a childâ??s life. Children develop the physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills that theyâ??ll carry with them throughout their lives. Faith Presbyterian Child Development Center recognizes that each child is unique. Learning is achieved in an environment that encourages creativity, natural curiosity, and personal and cultural awareness. Diversity plays a major role in the learning process and development at Faith Presbyterian CDC. Our curriculum is theme-based giving each child the opportunity to explore topics while learning new skills. Weâ??ve designed activities based on creative expression, manipulation, and exploration to help your child to become self-actualizing and creative visual thinkers. Throughout our classrooms, there are learning centers, which focus on different developmental activities, including dramatic play, language, sensory, science, math, manipulative, motor, and art. Your child chooses activities in each learning center that are of interest and freely uses the materials in the center to become the architect of her/his own learning process. The centers are carefully planned with a wide range of skill ability levels to encourage children to expand on the knowledge they possess. Our staff actively observes and provides opportunities to elevate the learning process by introducing additional concepts when the time is right for your child. As children become developmentally and emotionally ready, Faith Presbyterian CDC introduces literacy and language skills through story time, discussion, rhyming, artwork, storyboards, letter books and language charts. Children learn basic math and science concepts through naturalistic, informal, and structured experiences. Music is taught weekly at our center by Groundworkâ??s Music. â??Young children develop an internal understanding of rhythm and melody. Children begin to learn how to carry a tune and keep a beat. Carrying a tune and keeping a beat is the foundation for all musical ability, and all of the great benefits that being musical affords. And, with the right kind of environment, every child can become musicalâ??, states Neal Kassanoff founder and director of Groundworkâ??s Music. Our center has two playgrounds: a toddler playground and a pre-k playground to help children develop their large motor skills. Weather permitting, these playgrounds are used daily to allow the children to exercise and grow in imagination and social skills. The majority of our playgrounds are shaded by a variety of large trees. Once a week the children and teachers gather together for chapel time. Through bible stories, music and prayer, children begin to feel a strong sense of welcome and belonging to a Christian community. Faith welcomes all denominations of children. We welcome and encourage participation in our weekly church services. The center supports the family structure by providing a warm, nurturing, family life atmosphere in a caring environment, which gives the children emotional security while encouraging independence, self-reliance, and self-direction. Throughout many interactions with other children and adults, each child become aware of the needs of others and develops healthy social skills. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in your childâ??s development. Please contact us with any questions you might have about our program.