We believe that a child's early and first school experiences help form the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our faculty and staff believe it both an honor and a privilege to be in partnership with parents as their children embark upon their first journeys into formal education. We believe that families are the first and best teachers for each child's learning experiences. It is within the circle of a child's family that children can learn about the world and can learn the love of their Father in heaven. It is through experiencing school as "another ripple" in the ever-widening circle of their worlds, that children continue to learn about attachment, trust, and community, and continue to develop a "disposition for learning" [Lillian Katz], experiencing the love of Jesus from adults and children other than those in their own families provides an increasingly larger picture of the ripples of God's love for them. Prince of Peace is honored with the trust that families give us when they invite us to become a circle in the life of their children, in the life of their family. (this continues, please call us for more information about our Philosophy.)
Schedules vary depending on days children attend and age groups. This is an example of a day in the life of a Four Year Old Child.
LEARNING CENTER TIME: Friends work at the Media Table, Easel Center, Dramatic Play Center, Process Art and Writing Center. Children may choose to read books, build with blocks, play with toys, check the Helper Chart, or talk with friends.
GATHERING TIME: this is a time where we will share a story together, talk about our day, read over the Helper Chart and listen to each other's stories and ideas.
SNACK TIME: the table will be set, then friends Give Thanks to God for our blessings, eat together, and have conversation with eachother.
BOOKS AND PUZZLE TIME: friends will work on puzzles together, read books or choose to write about their ideas and make plans. OUTDOOR CLASSROOM: friends will climb, run, jump, play games together, make chalk drawings, paint with water and other fun activites. We will use the Indoor Playroom when there is inclement weather.
ALTAR TIME: we will light our special candle and say prayers, sing songs and read Bible stories.
We will sing our Goodbye Song and get ready to go home.