Children learn to use their bodies and minds as they play. Through role playing and the children’s free play periods, their experiences will be broadened. The children will be provided many experiences involving their senses, the God-given doors of perception which open worlds for them.
Children will develop skills in language and pre-reading through a curriculum of activities: listening (stories, following directions, hearing and identifying sounds), reading readiness (print awareness, left to right comprehension), conceptual development (colors, shapes, positional words).
Children will develop math skills through a variety of learning styles and games that teach math concepts. Examples of concepts are: one to one correspondence, number recognition, numerical value.
Children will learn to use their gift of voice to sing praises to their Creator as well as to learn fun songs.The children will have opportunity to sing praises in worship services throughout the year.
The children will engagein age appropriate creative art and craft activities.
The children will learn the wonders of God’s creation through scientific observation and exploration geared to the interest and experience of their age.
The unit curriculum will focus on a particular subject area or theme. Each unit lesson will center around the learning of the subject or theme. The field trips orrelated special activities may coincide with the unit. All concepts (numbers, shapes, colors, etc.) are dealt with in a creative fashion within the unit themes.
The religion curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten children is called Christ-Light. The Christ-Light curriculum is a complete religion curriculumprepared by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod for youth from birth through grade 12.
Parental involvement is a very important element of Christ-Light. Student materials contain “parent messages”that help parents review Bible truths with their children.
We will use many fun and exciting learning activities from the Christ-Lightmaterials. These will lead the children to apply the truths of God in their lives. This curriculum should also help the children to find joy in learning God’s Word and lead them to share their love for others and also their Lord.
In addition to learning God’s Word here at school, we encourage families to join in the regular worship services in church each week. Sunday School is also offered. At Christmas,we participatein the Children’s Christmas Service and a few times a year we may be singing with the other classrooms in a Sunday service.
Processes and Activities
The following specific processes and activities are included in the curriculum:
1. Recognizing personal sin and the Lord’s forgiveness.
2. Knowing that our Lord loves and protects him.
3. Believing and trusting in Jesus as the Savior from sin.
4. Knowing God the Father as his protector.
5. Being assured of eternal life in heaven.
6. Learning that Christ’s love motivates him to live as the Lord expects (recognizing right from wrong).
7. Learning to show love for Jesus in daily living and prayer.
8. Realizing that the good news of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection is a message of salvation to be shared with all people.
1. Learning appropriate ways to respond to another person’s feelings.
2. Learning appropriate ways to express feelings.
1. Increasing attention span.
2. Stimulating curiosity and imagination.
3. Beginning deductive thinking.
4. Learning simple organizational skills.
5. Learning communication skills.
6. Developing reasoning and problem solving skills.
7. Developing pre-reading and pre-math skills.
1. Learning independence.
2. Accepting compromises.
3. Learning to share.
4. Assuming responsibility for care of self and possessions.
5. Taking turns.
6. Recognizing how one’s behavior affects others.
7. Showing respect to others.
8. Developing awareness regarding the behavior and roles of Christian children.
1. Developing large and small motor skills.
c) Using manipulatives
2. Expanding on ones’ own ability to care for his own physical needs.
b) Dressing - (hats, coats, etc.)
c) Personal hygiene