"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Our school utilizes a play-based curriculum called “Beyond Centers and Circle Time.” It allows all students extended time with the following activities:
Dramatic Play: dress-up, housekeeping, home-living, grocery store, restaurant, puppets, etc.
Construction Play: unit blocks, Legos, Lincoln logs, linking cubes, etc.
Fluid Play: sand & water play, finger painting, easel painting, play-doh, writing & drawing, sensory experiences, etc.
Reading readiness activities: sorting, classifying, stringing beads, lacing cards, letter recognition activities, letter/sound activities, graphing, writing experiences, Big Book shared stories, rhyming activities, etc.
The curriculum is based on 25 years of research with young children. All of these activities allow young children to grow and expand developmentally towards being ready to read, write and do math functions. Each activity is geared to be appropriate for a wide range of developmental levels that students in any one class may have. Teachers spend time daily assessing each student’s developmental stage and then assisting them with activities that will help to extend them forward.
All of our classes teach introductory lessons in American Sign Language as well as an individually designed Christian Curriculum which introduces and focuses on concepts such as Love, Forgiveness, and God’s Creation.
The Christian Curriculum lessons and Christian Curriculum song taught in the classroom all week long will be reiterated in Chapel on Fridays with an animated short video with Ollie the Owl.
Children will visit our school library once a week to check out a book of their choice. It is our hope that this will excite the children into literacy.
All of our students participate in daily music activities in the classroom as well as a weekly music time with our Music Director. All of our students participate in a “Halloween Parade and Sing” and a “Thanksgiving Feast and Sing.” Our 3, 4, and 5-year olds may voluntarily participate in the Christmas program.
Additionally, the 4 and 5 year olds present a graduation program.