Our curriculum is designed with the individual child in mind and is based on best practices and current research. Teachers plan monthly lessons that are approved by administration. Our lessons embrace the following concepts and teach to the specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills needed in kindergarten. We use this in conjunction with monthly themes chosen by the administrative team as well as additional online resources available to the teaching staff. Our program also uses Lifeway’s "Levels of Biblical Learning" in order to teach age-appropriate preschool spiritual concepts and Christian values.
Our curriculum is:
- Activity Based: Preschoolers are active learners and must be involved in activities that do not force all the children to do the same thing at the same time. Learning center activities allow children to learn through experience rather than simply listening.
- Provides Choices: Preschoolers have the opportunity to choose which centers to work in, what to build with the blocks, or where to put the paint on their paper. Teachers provide an environment filled with unit?related choices and a child chooses what interests him.
- Allows Physical Development: Because muscles are growing and developing, preschoolers need to be able to move about freely. Learning activities allow children to work a puzzle, draw a picture, play in the home living center, or enjoy a book.
- Encourages Creative Expression: As a teacher develops activities related to a unit theme, creative expression in art, writing, puzzles, music, and other activities belong to the child. Every child is creative. Each child is allowed to express himself and experiment with his own design rather than a teacher providing a "pattern" or assisting him with an art activity. The experience, rather than the finished product, is the goal. Children become confident as they use their own ideas.
- Includes Beginning Group Experiences: While younger preschoolers will only be aware of themselves and their own activity (solitary play), they will eventually move to parallel play, and finally to group participation. Plans for group?time consider the age of the preschooler and his short attention span.
- Is Biblically Based: Each unit includes a Bible story and Bible thoughts. The same phrases and verses are repeated throughout the unit of teaching.
- Makes Learning Fun: When preschoolers are allowed to move around, express their own creativity, and choose what interests them, they will be successful, relate positively to others, and enjoy learning.
- Invites Conversation: Preschoolers learn through simple conversations about God, the world He made, and how to treat each other.