Academics

Numbers | Patterning | Alphabet/Reading | Sign Language | Misc. Concepts | | Major Motor | Music | Art | Science | Christian Ethics | Average Day

Numbers:

Number skills are developed through a variety of manipulatives, games, and number boards.

  • 3 year olds: Numbers 1 – 5; recognizing, identifying, 1-to-1 correspondence, and sequencing
  • 4-5 year olds: Numbers 1 – 40; recognizing, identifying, 1-to-1 correspondence, and sequencing
  • 5-6 year olds: Numbers 1 – 100; recognizing, identifying, 1-to-1 correspondence, and sequencing

Patterning:

Understanding what a pattern is. Duplicating patterns over-the-top as well as side-by-side and creating new patterns using a large variety of manipulatives.

  • 3 year olds: Identifying and continuing an A-B or A-B-C pattern and learning to create their own patterns.
  • 4-6 year olds: More complicated patterns accomplished through stringing beads, blocks and other manipulatives.

Alphabet/Reading:

  • All: Learn three different alphabet songs
  • 3-5 year olds
    • Point with 1 to 1 correspondence to alphabet chart while saying or singing alphabet.
    • Place individual letters over their match on alphabet chart.
  • 4-5 year olds
    • Using chart for reference, order alphabet beside chart.
  • 4-6 year olds
    • Order alphabet with no reference chart.
    • Name upper and lower case letters.
    • Begin to understand that letters have names, come in uppercase and lowercase, and each have a unique sound or “letter language”.
    • Memorize Junior Phonics sound chart, including sign language.
  • PreK-Kindergarten
    • Beginning reading skills including 100 sight words, word families and sounding out simple words and matching them to pictures.
    • Engaged in a take-home reading program.

Sign Language:

Understand that each letter of the alphabet is represented by a certain hand shape or position.

  • 3-6 year olds:
    • By watching teacher, can duplicate each of 26 hand signs.
    • Sign monthly songs and finger plays.
  • 4-6 year olds:
    • Can, with no assistance, sign entire alphabet.
    • Sign Junior Phonics alphabet chart.

Miscellaneous Concepts:

  • All children are introduced to the concepts of rhyming, opposites, same and different and demonstrate understanding through games.
  • Colors:  Recognize and name:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, brown, gray, pink, and white.
  • Shapes:  Recognize and name:  circle, square, triangle, oval, star, heart, diamond/rhombus, rectangle, and octagon.

Fine Motor:

Developed through the use of manipulatives such as puzzles, pegs, blocks, and beads.

  • 4-6 year olds
    • Become familiar with the starting point, as well as the direction and flow, of alphabet letters and numbers.
    • Trace their names, alphabet letters, and numbers.
    • Practice writing their names, beginning with an uppercase letter, followed by all lowercase letters.
  • 5-6 year olds (kindergarteners)
    • Practice independent writing

Major Motor:

  • We walk, run, hop, skip, gallop and dance, both to music and without.
  • We play active games in the Fellowship Hall
  • We utilize our outdoor play structure: swinging, climbing, sliding, crossbars
  • We ride tricycles, jump rope, hula hoop and play hopscotch and other outdoor games

Music:

  • All children will learn approximately 4-6 new songs or finger plays monthly, including appropriate sign language.  Memorizing songs helps in acquisition of academic and social concepts as well as self-expression, music appreciation, and self-confidence.
  • We often play classical music, soothing or quiet music during jobs. We dance and move to all varieties of music, especially on rainy, cold days.

Art:

Projects can focus on a particular story or are based on units of study such as back to school, harvest, Christmas, winter, family and love, spring, etc.

  • Building listening and following direction skills
  • Cutting
  • Gluing
  • Painting
  • Assembly and part/whole concepts.

Science:

Awareness of our environment and regular experiments demonstrating concepts in nature, physics, chemistry, air and water.

Christian Ethics/Social Development:

Our over-all school philosophy is the Golden Rule: Do to others as you would have them do to you. We encourage the development of living by the Golden Rule through incorporating the Fruit of the Spirit into our monthly curriculum. Each month, we study and put into practice one of the following: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We talk about how we can “live” each fruit, learn a song that demonstrates this and memorize a simple Bible verse related to the fruit-of-the-month.

Christmas and Easter are significant times of teaching Biblical truth and building on the basic foundational blocks of the life and teachings of Jesus. The true reason for these Holy Days is always first and foremost in our celebrations!

Average Daily Schedule:

  • Children arrive and wash hands.
  • First 60-75 minutes of class time is designated for open job rotations including 3-4 of the following:  board puzzles, box puzzles, patterning, art project, number awareness task, alphabet awareness task, writing or tracing, hidden pictures, color or shape matching, sign language task, manipulatives
  • Group time:  15 minutes:  singing, sign language, movement and music.
  • Story Time:  15 minutes.
  • Snack Time (with prayer):  15 minutes:  Good table etiquette.
  • 15-30 minutes for Games and Rotations, indoor open play, or outside play.