Early Childhood

Christian education is a vital part of our growing and learning each day.  Focus will be placed on developing the whole child:  spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  Subjects are integrated and children learn through play, instruction, exploration, and discovery.

Early childhood classes are offered in a half day or full day format. Half day students attend classes from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and full day students attend classes 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Before and after school extended care is also available if needed.

Preschool three-year-old classes (half day or full day) are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and pre-Kindergarten classes (half day or full day) are Monday through Friday.

Children begin the day with free play in centers.  Our classroom has nine activity centers:

  1. Science
  2. Books
  3. Manipulatives
  4. Art
  5. Dramatic Play
  6. Easel
  7. Blocks
  8. Writing
  9. Texture Table

The centers are educational in nature and provide opportunities for children to learn and practice valuable social skills such as: getting along with others, learning to share, respecting one another, learning how to be a friend and learning to communicate with others.  Materials in each center are changed periodically to incorporate items having to do with the monthly themes.  Some of the themes and units we will cover include:

  1. All about me
  2. Animals:  farm, wild, pets
  3. Apples
  4. Bears, hibernation Birds, migration
  5. Caterpillars/Butterflies
  6. Colors
  7. Community Helpers
  8. Dinosaurs
  9. Dental Health
  10. Fall Changes
  11. Friends
  12. Growing things
  13. Holidays
  14. Insects & Spiders
  15. Manners
  16. Name Recognition
  17. Numbers
  18. Nursery Rhymes
  19. Nutrition
  20. Opposites
  21. Ocean Life
  22. Presidents
  23. Safety
  24. Seasons
  25. Senses
  26. Shapes
  27. Space
  28. Spring changes
  29. Texas
  30. Transportation
  31. Trees
  32. Water
  33. Weather
  34. Winter

Your child will be involved in a variety of experiences such as:

Religion

Daily prayer, Bible stories, memorizing a Bible verse and hymn each month, weekly chapel services with a pastor.  Students are taught to show respect for God and God’s Word and to know that God loves them dearly and they are very special to him.

Language Arts

Classic children’s literature, communication and listening skills, reading readiness activities, visual discrimination, sequencing and matching activities, upper and lower case letters of the alphabet and introduction to their sounds, and name recognition.  Story-telling through books, puppets, and finger- plays.

Math

Shapes, one-to-one correspondence, patterning, sorting and sets, counting, number meaning and recognition, graphing, comparing, measuring, opposites and spatial relationships.

Science

Children will engage in observing, classifying, comparing, measuring, predicting, and drawing conclusions about the world that God has created.  We also learn through cooking and hands-on experiments in the classroom.

Social Studies

Families, Community Helpers, Fire Prevention and Safety, Pilgrims, Native Americans, and Holidays.

Art

Creative exploration of art and craft materials (paint, glue, markers, crayons, collage materials) using various art techniques and tools (brushes, fingers, sponges, balls, scrapers, rollers, eye droppers, etc.)  “Process, not product” is emphasized.

Music & Movement

Singing, rhythm instruments, creative movement, circle games and music concepts (fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low, beat, etc.)

Physical Activity

Thirty minutes each day is devoted to activities which promote gross motor development either in the gym or outside.  On P.E. days, our class attends a teacher-lead P.E. class in the gym.  This is a structured class where they work on specific gross motor skills and learn to play cooperatively in group games.

Field Trips and Guests

We take field trips to various points of interest that have to do with our themes.  We will also have visits from resource persons such as police and firemen throughout the year.