“To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.”
- Anatole France
We provide your child with a caring community. Our teachers spend quality time with the babies by talking, holding, and rocking them. Teachers sing songs, read stories and poetry to help develop your baby's language skills. They also teach finger plays and sign language to help build early communication skills. Gross and Fine motor skills are developed as the teacher plays and paints with the baby. Through sharing and small group activities, babies learn social-emotional skills. Being kind, respecting and loving one another is taught through varies activities. We understand that babies go by their own schedules - they wake up, eat and sleep at their own pace. Because we don’t want you to miss a thing, at the end of each day parents are given a daily note that tells them about their baby’s day.
Our Infant Classroom is designed with mirrors and rugs, soft toys and fabrics, lots of books to look through, musical instruments and toys for imaginary play. There is a tummy time area and safe equipment for infants to venture on. We also have classical music playing regularly in our classroom. Most important, our teachers spend one-on-one time with our infants by holding and cuddling with them. This enables the little one to develop trust and security with their teacher.
Our Curriculum provides our Twinkle Two’s with bible stories, fun arts and crafts, numbers and phonics. In our classroom you will find books, toys for pretend play, instruments, and arts and crafts materials. We also encourage child-choice and self-directed play. Potty training begins in this classroom. We teach the children self-help skills that they need in order to prepare them for the Thrilling Three’s room. Our two year old children enjoy the outside weather by taking walks through the neighborhood or playing in our backyard. During indoor/outdoor games, children are able to enhance gross motor skills. Children also participate in dance, drama, and art classes throughout the week. Parents are welcomed to volunteer in our classroom or observe their children’s activities. Teachers keep parents informed by sending home a monthly newsletter which tell parents about upcoming events and learning activities.
Thrilling Three’s are busy at work, having fun while they learn. Children can taught positive habits with the right training. When a child is properly trained, it becomes part of his/her character to do what he/she has been taught. We accomplish this by beginning their day with Bible time. This is the most important time of the school day. During Bible time, the children sing and move to bible songs, they learn memory verses, participate in a group time of prayer, and participate in a Bible lesson. Children learn number recognition, matching, tracing and listening skills during Numbers time. They do a variety of crafts with at least one craft each week. Thrilling Three’s learn the shape and sound of each letter of the alphabet during the Learn about Letters and Sounds program. Each day, learning games are used during phonics and numbers time to motivate the children and to make learning enjoyable and fun. Our student teacher ratios allows our teachers to spend quality time guiding students and helping them reach their developmental goals. We also provide a delightful selections of poems, finger plays and music to enhance the child’s natural love of poetry and music. The children stay active through a mixture of gross motor activities daily. Social/Emotional skills are adapted through sharing, pretend play, and small/large motor activities. A monthly newsletter is sent home to keep parents informed of learning activities. We encourage parents to come and volunteer in our classroom.
We often greatly underestimate what young children can learn. Small children are curious; they are born with a desire to learn. Our Curriculum enables our K4 children to learn the basics of reading, writing, and numbers. Bible time is the first and most important subject of the school day. Children sing and move to bible songs, learn memory verses, participate in prayer time and learn a bible lesson. Skills Development is a fun time set aside to strengthen listening skills, fine motor coordination, eye-hand coordination, visual perception and writing skills. During Phonics and Reading, children learn to read. They begin by mastering vowels, consonants and their respective sounds through enjoyable classroom teaching. They move on to blending sounds and reading simple words then comes naturally after that. K4 children are excited to learn to write “like Mom and Dad.” Students learn cursive writing in a program that is correlated with their phonics curriculum. The curriculum lays the foundation for learning basic cursive writing strokes. These skills will be perfected as students go on into K5, first, and second grade. Numbers time allows the children to learn how to recognize and understand the concepts of numbers. Language Development provides the children with interesting material about animals, people and places. Activity time involves a number of fun activities, including music, dance, drama, show and tell, nursery rhymes, finger plays and art. Gross motor skills are developed through large group play and outdoor activities. A monthly newsletter is sent home to inform the parents of learning activities and upcoming events. Parents are welcomed to volunteer and/or observe in our classroom.
Bible - The Bible lesson flows from the Word of God through teacher's own relationship with Christ. Their own walk with Jesus - their servant's heart, soul, and mind serve to influence the heart, soul and mind of the child. Children are taught primarily by use of stories from both the Old and New Testaments.
Skills Development - Our program is designed to develop skills needed for a child's physical, mental, social, and personal growth. Visual perception skills, motor coordination, and listening/thinking skills are enhanced through targeted instruction. Skills Development will also expose children to added areas of interests, such as magnetism and interpreting graphs, etc.
Cursive Writing - Children learn to write each of the small letters of the alphabet first. They then learn to connect letters are later introduced to capital letters after which students are able to write sentences. Students will regularly have warm-up exercises to help them learn to write with correct arm/hand movement.
Phonics and Reading - This is generally very exciting for K5 children. They begin by learning the sounds of vowels and consonants and then progress to reading blends and words. When Reading circles begin, the children read a series of colorful, interesting books prepared especially for their age level. These books help the students apply and master the phonics rules they are learning. Each time the children finish reading a book, they may take it home to keep and read to their parents. This allows parents to observe their child's individual progress.
Numbers - K5 students learn to count and recognize numbers 1 - 100. They also learn to work with the following number concepts:
- Number families;
- Before, after and between numbers;
- Smallest to largest numbers;
- Number words (one - ten); and
- Combinations for the one - 10 addition families.
In addition, children learn to tell time and are introduced to the concept of money and trade. They are also exposed to the concepts of subtraction and measurement.
Social Studies - Students are introduced to a variety of social studies topics in a way that appeals to them. As they learn about people and places, the students learn how God directs people's lives to accomplish His will. Interesting exercises in each unit (Community Helpers; America: Our Great Country; Children of the World) help the children apply what they have learned to their own lives.
Science - Even at a very young age, children are curious about everything around them and are beginning to ask questions. The Science text serves as a simple and exciting means of introducing the child to the physical world that surrounds them and the natural laws that govern that world.
First Grade Core
Bible - The lessons have been designed to to give specific examples of how Christians should and should not live. The curriculum has been planned so that students going through the school year will be thoroughly exposed to the basic portions of the Bible.
Reading and Phonics - The best approach to teach reading is a simple, logical phonics system, coupled with reading texts that are interesting, challenging, well written, and geared to the development of Christian character. Phonics is the most logical and orderly way to teach students to read English, which is an alphabetical language.
Arithmetic - Students learn Traditional Arithmetic, because it promotes structure and order in the world around them. Unlike other disciplines, math is absolute, promoting the discovery of what is essentially and absolute truth. In order to arrive at truth mathematically, students must remember underlying facts and algorithms (formulas). Our system teaches and then helps the children to remember the necessary facts required. A traditional program is not ashamed that students must memorize facts, because memorization of facts promotes an acceptance of absolute truth.
Cursive Writing - This is a very important aspect of the students education; writing habits formed in first grade will greatly influence the student's writing skills throughout his/her life.
Language - Beginning language concepts are introduced during Language. Lessons include creative writing and silent reading comprehension activities.
Spelling - Students learn one spelling lesson per week. Spelling words work in conjunction with Phonics.
History, Science, and Health - The texts are designed for oral reading. They are used three days a week. Students learn about Discovering God's World, My America and My World and Health, Safety, and Manners 1.
Activity Time - This time is intended to help increase the students' love for reading, art, and music.
Second Grade Core
Bible - Second graders enjoy learning about a variety of Bible characters including Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Jonah, and Moses. The Book Flash-a Cards help students visualize events as they study the life of Moses and his journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Students will learn about Moses’ decision to suffer with God’s people rather than live in luxury; they will also learn that even though Moses chose to follow God, he still faced many trials. By studying Bible characters such as Moses, students will learn how to respond to real-life joys and struggles.
Phonics - Second grade phonics class is a culmination of our intensive phonics program. After reviewing vowel sounds, consonant sounds, and how to blend them together, students learn consonant blends, diphthongs, digraphs, and clue words to help them remember these sounds. Students practice what they have learned on a deeper level of application than first grade. Students use these skills to have more success in reading and to spell “challenge words” and compound words quickly and accurately. The skills learned in second grade phonics provide a foundation for reading and spelling skills throughout elementary school.
Reading - Each student will be successful in second grade reading as he masters the application of phonics rules. The early readers have stories written with words that are directly tied to what is being learned in phonics class. Subsequent readers present children’s classics, stories from America’s past, selections by famous authors, and stories with heroes that the children can emulate. One reader is a juvenile novel, another presents life in Israel in the days of Christ, and others include fables, animal tales, stories from children’s classics, biographical stories, poetry, Scripture readings, and patriotic stories.
Language 2 - Language 2 is used to practice concepts taught in phonics class. Concepts learned in first grade are reinforced as students go on to master the following areas: recognizing and correctly punctuating three kinds of sentences; giving compound words, rhyming words, antonyms, synonyms, contractions, and singular possessive words in response to a written prompt; forming plurals; and using troublesome words correctly. By the end of the year, the students’ reading comprehension skills will be sharpened; and they will write more clearly, correctly, and concisely.
Cursive Writing - Building upon each grade, the consistent step-by-step approach to good penmanship presented in Writing with Phonics 2 emphasizes neatness and correct letter formation in daily practice. Writing habits which are polished during second grade will greatly influence students’ penmanship skills throughout life.
Spelling & Poetry - In second grade, spelling is taught as an individual subject for the first time. The spelling curriculum continues to be correlated with phonics. The spelling lists in Spelling and Poetry 2 reinforce the phonics concepts which the students are learning. By the end of the year, students will be learning vocabulary words and their definitions. Poems for memorization have been selected for their beauty of language, literary greatness, and character-building qualities.
Arithmetic - The traditional work-text Arithmetic 2 builds a foundation for learning more abstract concepts and teaches students how to apply mathematical concepts to real-life situations. Concepts taught or reviewed in Arithmetic 2 include counting, place value, addition and subtraction, money, time, graphs, simple geometry, multiplication and division, and Roman numerals. Students will apply the skills and facts they have learned as they complete word problems that are based on concrete situations. New material is built on prior learning and encourages students to think through new concepts. Arithmetic 2 and curriculum include daily reasoning questions that challenge students’ thinking ability.
History & Geography - Our America takes students back into history to learn what life would have been like in our country’s early days. Students will study the lives of groups of people who have made valuable contributions to our American heritage: the Pilgrims, American Indians, early colonists, pioneers, cowboys, and immigrants.
In addition to maps and geographical facts, Our America also features information about our flag and the history behind our patriotic holidays and songs. Review questions and activities throughout the text help to check students’ comprehension.
Science - Students will increase both their reading comprehension and their knowledge of scientific concepts while learning about the human body, plants and animals, matter and energy, and earth and space. Through the “how” and “why” questions that are answered in this text, children will learn about the world around them while developing their thinking skills. The text we use also includes hands-on activities and demonstrations that help to increase each student’s comprehension of basic science concepts.
Health - The purpose of Health, Safety, and Manners 2 is to teach the basic facts of health and safety; to teach courtesy at home, at school, and everywhere; and to instill within students a desire to take care of the body God has given them.
Activity Time - This time is intended to help increase the students' love for reading, art, and music.