Our students learn about who God is through daily Bible stories, scripture, songs, and activities. As we grow in our knowledge of God, we also learn about what it means to be a child of God and a follower of Jesus. Through our Bible stories and devotions, we see examples of Christ’s love, and we seek to share and show that love to others. As we explore all subject areas, we see our Creator’s hand in the world He made and wonder and marvel in His greatness.
Our learners are immersed in literacy experiences each day in the Pre-K classroom. We celebrate that each child is a reader and a writer, and work daily to grow these abilities through play, daily read alouds, centers, small-group reading instruction, and whole class activities. As our students learn letters and sounds (Zoophonics), phonological awareness and spelling (Words Their Way and Heggerty), sight words, reading strategies and more, their confidence and excitement for reading grows. Students also gain confidence in their writing abilities as we learn to share our thoughts, ideas, and learning through speaking, drawing, and writing. Our class also learns correct upper- and lowercase letter formation through the Handwriting Without Tears Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum.
Students explore patterns and order in God’s world through hands-on activities and play. Pre-K students use a wide variety of math skills such as sorting, graphing, comparing, patterning, counting, measuring, adding, and subtracting to grow in our understanding of numbers.
Pre-K students explore, learn about, and wonder in God’s creation. Through outdoor exploration, observation, play, hands-on experiments, and classroom activities, learners are engaged in science topics like 5 senses, forces and motion, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), animals in winter, plants, and butterflies.
Our students learn and work on social skills and behaviors to help build a loving and responsible community, both within the classroom and outside our school. We focus on following directions, sharing, taking turns, listening skills, problem solving, thinking of others, and using kind words and actions.
Our children live in a world filled by God with the beauty of shapes, patterns and marvelous creations. Building on the enthusiasm that boys and girls show in exploring this world is an important aspect of the Pre-K art program. With this goal in mind, leadership is being given to the children in sharpening their senses and strengthening their abilities in using art tools as well as their understanding of art terms so that they can each make their own creations.
We develop the students’ singing voices and listening skills to match pitch, including both independent and group singing activities. We work on the foundation of accurate rhythm performance by playing a steady pulse and echoing simple rhythms on percussion instruments. Through music games, clapping, dancing, and marching, the students learn to move and respond to the music they experience.
Students learn about how their bodies move through a variety of activities. The focus is to create spatial awareness, teamwork skills, and critical thinking ability. A typical day in PE will start with a warm-up and a tag game to get our hearts pumping and work on potential conflict resolution through game play experiences. We then work on a certain skill such as locomotor movements (run, jog, skip, gallop, hop, jump), underhand/overhand hitting, dribbling with feet or hands, throwing, and rolling. We practice these skills in multiple environments - closed (one-on-one skill development) and open (game play in small or large groups). The goal is to develop an enjoyment for movement and skills that will make our students competent to be life-long physically active individuals.
The purpose is to instill a love of language in young learners through engaging thematic units full of songs, music, and high-interest activities. This program will expand students’ cultural and geographical awareness as we explore Spanish-speaking countries and customs. We learn rules for the classroom and los mandatos. We then study los números 1-20, los colores, and las formas. Next we learn the words for the members of la familia and talk about the parts of la cara and el cuerpo. We also learn about la ropa de nieve. We then learn la ropa para la primavera when spring arrives! Next we talk about los animales en la granja, las frutas and las verduras. Throughout the year, we also practice los días de la semana and los meses del año with our daily calendario routine.