Your child will be taught language and reading readiness skills, including letter recognition, phonetic sounds and letter formation. We use a variety of rhymes, songs and finger plays throughout the year. Students will learn that letters are grouped to form words and that words form sentences. We will read stories and engage your child in story discussions that help to increase their vocabulary and build a love for reading. Additionally Scholastic Magazine is used to supplement monthly lessons.
We teach patterning, more/less, one to one, sorting/categorizing, shapes, number recognition, measurement, graphing, problem solving, calendar skills, and estimating.
The Handwriting without tears curriculum utilizes "fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate instructional methods to enable children to master handwriting." The curriculum allows children to develop finger grip, hand placement on paper and drawing simple shapes. After mastering these skills and then learning the "vocabulary behind the letters" (little line, big line, little curve, big curve), children begin to work on proper letter and number formation.
We teach the Bible as God's truth, focusing on stories from the Old and New Testaments. Activities reinforce the story and related themes such as obedience, honesty, sharing and telling the truth. Bible verses will be taught.
Children participate in free art and small group instruction that gives them the opportunity to experience art utilizing different mediums such as playdough, paint, watercolor, etc. Items from nature are also used.
4's Class Curriculum:
Students experience small group instruction with a teacher or have the freedom to choose centers that reflect their interests and allow them to develop important social skills.
Music and Movement
During Music Time, children learn to sing, move to music and play rhythm instruments. Children will also develop large motor skills through musical games and movement.
We are committed to developing Godly character and action in the lives of our students. Based on Galatians 5:22-23, we teach and encourage the children to exhibit love, joy, peace, patience goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. We also emphasize honesty, obedience and respect.
Fit N' Fun is held weekly. It covers spatial awareness, following directions, developing gross motor skills (jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping, and running), catching and throwing, movement through tag and good sportsmanship. Being active for a healthy lifestyle is emphasized.
We strongly believe in the importance of play. We play games that teach children to take turns, role-play situations and practice/model good manners. Our teachers encourage and demonstrate appropriate interactions in everyday situations.