The school will provide a program for children aged 3 to Kindergarten planned to meet their needs as individuals who are part of a group
Young children learn by feeling, smelling, tasting, and by questioning, explaining and listening. They learn by first-hand experiences... by doing. Activities in both preschool and kindergarten will, therefore center around concrete, manipulative materials and equipment: blocks, water, sand, cooking, arts and crafts, puzzles, rhythm instruments, animals for pets, gardening, field trips and visitors to the classrooms.
Thinking skills are developed as children make decisions, observe, recall, see relationships and predict outcomes.
Mathematical perceptions and concepts develop as children:
Science understandings occur as children:
Formal reading preparation is important at each level. Teachers plan:
Kindergartners sometimes come to school already reading. Others being to read during kindergarten year. We encourage the the sounding out of word, learning sight words, and the recording of their own words on charts, cards, signs, painting, etc.
Small muscle skills develop as children use their hands and eyes together in many experiences:
Writing skills develop as children write their names, simple messages, letters, numerals, etc.
Large muscle development is planned for through use of outdoor equipment and activities. We consider the outside area to be as essential as the inside classroom to the children's physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Self-esteem in young children is closely related to how well they use their bodies... therefore, we aim for strength, coordination, confidence and flexibility.
Our school is a Christian school. Each child is seen as a child of God... to be loved, led, taught and helped to see and respect the needs of others.
We share with parents the responsibility for promoting sound growth in a period when growth and learning are the most rapid of their entire lifetime. We want to encourage comfortable and open communication that parents and teachers can function as a consistent team, supporting the needs of the children, parents and teachers alike.