Our classrooms are warm and inviting and provide many learning opportunities through math, science, art, and writing centers. We incorporate music and physical activity into the school day along with fun themes and events that reinforce learning. We learn through field trips to places like the pumpkin patch and the garden center and have visits from the fire department, the dentist, a police officer, and more. We also have special celebrations including Bike Day, Muffins with Moms, and Donuts with Dads.
In 4K, we maintain a balance of work and play, with individual and group activities. Children are challenged at their level of ability and given varied opportunities to engage in intellectually stimulating activities that complement the lessons. Every aspect of our curriculum is taught from a Christian perspective. Children are encouraged to grow in their love for God while serving and showing kindness to classmates and others in the world around them.
The regular 4K schedule is four mornings per week, Monday - Thursday, from 8:15am to 12:00pm. Time for lunch is included. Optionally, the day may be extended to 3:15pm through Pre-K Plus on those days. Before and after school care is also available. For an additional cost, students may attend a full day on Friday with our combined 4K/K Enrichment option from 8:15am to 3:15pm.
Using Christian Schools International curriculum, we plant seeds of faith for our young learners, using both Old and New Testament stories, including Creation to Noah, David, Daniel, Jesus’ birth, Christ’s life, miracles, death and resurrection. We work to weave our faith life into all that we do, using our throughlines.
We explore and inquire about math during play and focused math time, with content including matching and sorting, sequencing, subitizing, shapes, patterns, measurement, capacity, comparing and contrasting. Students are well-prepared for Singapore Math in Kindergarten.
Each day, students hear books read aloud, and have opportunities to read, retell and act out stories they know. As they enjoy literature and create their own stories, they build literacy skills and enthusiasm to prepare for the rigor of Reader’s and Writer’s workshop in Kindergarten. We use Orton Gillingham Phonics to build a foundation for reading, using a fun, multi-sensory approach with hearing, speaking, seeing, moving and touching.
We use Handwriting Without Tears, designed by occupational therapists to be a hands-on, developmentally appropriate approach to teaching letter formation. We focus on developing proper grip, writing students’ names and formation of letters. This is done using workbooks, chalkboards, wood pieces, and other hands-on tools that make handwriting age-appropriate and fun while preparing children for Kindergarten.
We build an awareness of the world around us, socially and scientifically, through inquiry, play and thematic learning. We focus on designed units and themes, like community helpers, holidays, living things, seasons, as well as student-led questions and wonderings, to guide our learning of social studies and science concepts.
Within the classroom, art and music are woven into other learning opportunities throughout every day. Art projects include exploring different media like watercolor and tempera paints, cut and torn paper and drawing. Children enjoy acting out familiar stories, dramatizing movements and sounds of animals, singing traditional songs and using classroom instruments.
Children have the opportunity to move daily, outside and indoors, developing skills with turn-taking, spacial awareness, self-regulation and overall health.
Students practice problem-solving skills in social situations, working in groups and with partners. They work on sharing and helping others. Children learn to communicate their basic needs and emotions, and to gain independence in caring for their own needs (dressing for recess, using a tissue, cleaning up, etc.). Students practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, and basic table manners and “courtesy tastes.”
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