We have found that children learn best when there is a planned curriculum of activities focused on a particular theme or concept. These thematic and seasonal units are designed to be age- appropriate within each classroom. Classrooms are set up with a “Learning Wall”. Each day the teacher reviews the skills indicated on the learning wall. Some of the skills concepts will include colors, shapes, numbers, nursery rhyme, Pledge of Allegiance, Bible verse, calendar, alphabet, weather, sight words for the Pre-K, and an introductory word in Spanish. In addition, our curriculum provides: Learning Centers Manipulatives in the learning centers Chapel in the sanctuary and classrooms Science experiments Story Time Arts & crafts- may pertain to the unit being taught Cooking Different media for creative expression Music and Creative Movement Computer Lab for the 4 and 5 year olds Spanish for the 4 and 5 year olds Community Resource Persons Outside/ Indoor Play Special Events Enrichment Activities Progress Reports for the Parents The Kindergarten uses the Houghton Mifflin
What’s the preschool child ready to learn?
Preschoolers are ready to acquire many skills. Preschoolers are avid learners. Learning is exciting to them! Preschoolers learn best through playful interaction with their environment. Preschoolers are constantly in motion and are rapidly gaining control of their bodies. They should be encouraged to participate in numerous activities that promote gross and fine motor coordination. In preschool most children begin to interact with people outside the family and learn how to relate and socialize within a group. Preschoolers are naturally inquisitive and eager to explore, create and learn. Children need opportunities for growth and stimulation in all areas of development: physical, language, social, emotional, and mental.