We believe that children learn best through hands-on exploration and play. Therefore, we utilize a child-centered approach to education. Teachers plan lessons with the whole child in mind. Specifically, lessons are constructed to promote growth in the following key areas; social foundations, physical well-being and motor development, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. We allow children to make choices from a variety of interesting activities and outside exploration.
As a Christian school, we honor faith development with a prayer of thanksgiving before snack and lunch, and we are reminded of God's love for us through bible stories at chapel time. Jesus' birthday is celebrated with songs and poetry during our lively Christmas program. We also practice service and outreach by collecting canned goods for a local food pantry and caps & mittens for a shelter for women & children.
Our classes for 2½ year olds and 3 year olds are designed to foster social and emotional growth. Children are encouraged to take turns, share with their friends, listen to a short story in circle time, learn words to communicate their feelings, make independent choices, and become confident in the culture of school.
Our Pre-K classes use the curriculum "Handwriting Without Tears" to learn letters, numbers, language literacy, and writing. Of course, the Pre-K students continue to grow socially and emotionally as they learn more about themselves and each other in cooperative play.
Our schedule includes:
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) is an optional class for Pre-K. The curriculum is project-based where children are encouraged to form questions and do research using hands-on exploration. Building on natural curiosity, children are encouraged to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. A weekly nature walk in a small wooded area on our campus provides opportunities to observe the changing seasons. "Handwriting Without Tears" is also included in the curriculum. Children draw their observations in journals and dictate stories for the teachers to record. STEAM is for children age 4-5 years.
The STEAM schedule includes:
FRIDAY FUN DAYS
Friday Fun Days is our after school enrichment program for 3-5 year olds. Children stay for Lunch Bunch, then meet with their Friday Fun Days' teachers from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (only on Fridays, of course!) Themes include the safari adventures, circus, travel around the world, making teddy bears, and more!
Lunch Bunch is 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and open to all 3-5 year olds. Children bring their lunch from home and eat together with their school friends. We serve 1% milk and water. Parents should not pack food containing peanuts or tree nuts, including peanut butter.