in the classroom

Our Curriculum

Our program features a curriculum rich in hands-on experiences, pre-academic practice and classroom routines that will excite your little one to learn and grow both spiritually and educationally. They will be prepared for their journey into the elementary years by having spent time getting familiar with classroom structure, daily expectations and individual instructional attention.

The curriculum features opportunity for both large group and smaller group gatherings, as well as a balance of teacher-directed and independent learning activities. Every aspect of our program will allow your child varied means to achieve success, from the instruction, to the classroom set up, to the positive character building, creating a love of learning. There is no “one right way to learn,” and our program will reflect multi-sensory opportunities for your child to find the way that they learn best.

Our classroom will have a monthly theme that will be reflected in the activities, books, materials and centers presented. There will be a color and shape of the month as well as letters of the week woven in to introduce, highlight and feature directed learning. Changing the environment and materials used each month generates newfound interests and reduces behavior issues. Curriculum activities are sourced from a variety of resources gathered over 25 years of working with young children and include the following:

HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS

Designed by an Occupational Therapist and Early Childhood Specialist to use children’s natural fine motor development for optimal success. It is used by the Peninsula School District (PSD) so your child will be familiar with it when they enter the school system.

SECOND STEPS

A social/emotional program designed to build children’s skills to successfully navigate childhood social encounters. Also used in PSD. Get Set for School – Expanded Second Steps program that focuses on transition to Kindergarten skill sets (in 4/5’s class only).

GROWING UP WILD

A nationally recognized nature appreciation program for use with young children, driven by the book, “Last Child in The Woods.”

Our program will operate under the standards for instruction and learning of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our projects and instruction will be developmentally age-appropriate for the children we serve. We will offer field trips to enhance our lessons and sense of community

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Special Learning Experiences

  •  <span class="lte-header lte-h4"> Chapel </span>
    Chapel Children are eager learners who want to know all about the world around them. This is the perfect way to introduce them to the love of Jesus. We have chapel once a week with a new theme, memory verse, music, and video bible lesson. Chapel also helps us maintain a Christian atmosphere in the classroom. Once a month we hold a Family Chapel for parents to attend.
  •  <span class="lte-header lte-h4"> Bike Days </span>
    Bike Days Once a month as weather allows, each child may bring a bike or trike and their helmet to school. We section off a level area of the back parking lot for children to ride around an oval track.
  •  <span class="lte-header lte-h4"> Special Person Days </span>
    Special Person Days Once a month we invite a guest into our classroom to share about what they do for a job. Each guest also leads the class in a special activity to introduce them to the type of work they do.
  •  <span class="lte-header lte-h4"> Field Trips & Family Events </span>
    Field Trips & Family Events Typically each class takes 3-5 off-site field trips per school year with parents. Past trips have included trips to the beach, a farm, a pumpkin patch, a restaurant, and a grocery store. We also love to host various events where a child's parents or whole family can participate. Past events have included tea parties, trunk-or-treating, and an end of the year party!
  •  <span class="lte-header lte-h4"> Special Days & Sharing Box </span>
    Special Days & Sharing Box Each child is assigned a "Special Day" throughout the year. This will be a sharing experience that will focus on each child and their family. They will bring a special toy or item from home, short book to read to the class, and a poster that highlights what makes that child special. Also, throughout the year we utilize a sharing box for show and tell. The box rotates through the class with each child at least twice a year. This experience is a great way to encourage children to speak in front of a group.
  •  <span class="lte-header lte-h4"> Outdoor Play </span>
    Outdoor Play Out larger church campus provides unique opportunities to get out and explore. If weather allows, we go outside every day to experience the outdoors. We have simple trails a garden, and a gated playground.