From the Director:
Our curriculum recognizes that children learn best by doing. To encourage active learning, we use the High/Scope curriculum developed from the latest educational and brain research on how children learn and the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) standards of content area. A wide variety of learning experiences help children achieve balanced growth in five specific areas: spiritual, social-emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative. In the High/Scope curriculum, children develop creativity in art, music, and movement as well as readiness skills in literacy, math, motor skills, and science. Making choices, solving problems, and building social relationships are also important elements. Underlying our entire curriculum is the Christian component. Through Bible stories, prayers, songs, monthly worship times, and age appropriate spiritual values, each child has a chance to deeepen his/her understanding of God's love and awe for the wonders of His world. Our Preschool Program 3 Year Old Program 2 days or 3 days a week 8:45 – 11:30am, T/TH or MWF These are our youngest children and for many, it is their first school experience! Our 3’s learn about friendship, sharing, and independence. They are encouraged to explore the sensory table, oodles of art and creative projects, pretend play, and cooking. Learning is fun with colors, shapes, letters in their names, numbers, stories and rhymes. Walking field trips and large motor activities expand growing minds and bodies. Some of the special learning units might include: My Five Senses, Apples & Pumpkins, Teddy Bear Picnic, Fun on the Farm, Cars & Trucks & Things that Go, and more! Child must turn 3 by September 1st and must be toilet trained. (For 2/day program, children turning 3 by Nov 1st will be accepted on space available basis). 4 Year Old Program 2 days, 3 days, or 5 days a week 8:45 – 11:30am, T/TH, MWF or M - F Our 4’s are ready for more challenges as they build new skills and show curiosity about the world around them. They are learning to cooperate, take turns in a group, solve problems, and to make friends. Fours are ready for numbers, name and letter recognition, phonemic awareness, story dictation, and games with sorting and classifying. Let’s discover more with science exploration, yummy cooking projects, fun with music and movement, and block building creations. Daily chances to create, paint, and play help increase their imagination and sense of confidence. Both walking and riding field trips extend class experiences. Some of the special learning units might include: Fairy Tales, Fun with Dr. Seuss, Snow & Ice, Fly Me Into Space, Amazing Bugs, and more! Child must turn 4 by September 1st Pre-K Program 3 days or 5 days a week 12:30 – 3:15pm, MWF or M - F The Pre-K program is designed as a transition year between preschool and kindergarten. For our older fours who have missed the deadline of September 1st for kindergarten entrance and will turn five in late summer or fall, this is the perfect time to prepare with more emphasis on alphabet letters and sounds, pre-reading skills, graphing, sorting, classifying, one-to-one correspondence, pencil grip and fine motor skills. There are still lots of opportunities to explore science, build with blocks and puzzles, paint and draw at the creation station, or write a story or put on a puppet show! Field trips and special projects might include: What’s Inside Our Bodies, Construction Zone, Jungle Safari, and Butterflies. Pre-K requires recommendation of teaching staff. Child must turn 5 by February 1st for 5 day Pre-K. Kindergarten Enrichment Program 2 days a week 12:30 – 3:15pm, T/TH Our unique Kindergarten Enrichment program is for morning half-day kindergarten students who want just a little bit more -- all those extras you can’t fit in to half-day kindergarten! Explore an artist and instrument of the month, hHave fun with puppet shows and plays, science experiments, story writing, drawing/painting/creating, cooking up a storm, and walking/riding field trips. MISD bus service is available from all elementary schools directly from kindergarten to church. Children bring lunch and eat at school. Some of the special learning units might include: Woodworking, Playing with Penguins, Growing Things, Spiders & Bats, Volcanoes, and much more! Children must be currently enrolled in kindergarten.