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Teachers: Mrs. Melissa Bowman (Director)

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Preschool Program Handbook

We offer a Full Day Program for 3 year old and 4 year old children, with early arrival care, morning preschool, and extended care options available. Parents may choose half day, or full days as well as how many days a week their students will attend.  It is recommended that 3 year old children attend at least two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) and three days are recommended for 4 year old students (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) to prepare them for a smoother transition in their future education.
Each week there is a certain topic or theme and the lessons are structured to include art, language, mathematics, music, physical education, religion, science and social studies.

Arts:  Projects focus on process rather than the product and provide a wonderful way to help children develop their fine motor skills.  Work with a variety of mediums including pencils, crayons, markers, paints, tissue paper, construction paper, scissors and glue, the class is encouraged to create their own unique works of art.

Language Arts:  Lessons in the area of language arts include both oral and written skill development, in addition to learning the letters of the alphabet and their sounds.  Oral skills are worked on through conversations about real experiences, current events, and projects.  The teacher listens carefully and responds clearly to the child.  Children are given opportunities to talk with other children and to speak to the whole class.  Children are provided with experiences to take turns talking in a conversation.  Learning opportunities are provided for the children to enhance their ability to listen.  Part of language development is the ability for children to listen while a classmate shares.  Those listening are then given an opportunity to ask appropriate questions about what has been said.  The children are also asked to follow simple directions.

Various experiences are provided in the area of written language.  Children are read to on a daily basis from books, charts, and magazines.  Books are available in the classroom library for individual reading experiences.  The class participates in finger play, rhymes, and songs.  Through all these activities children have the opportunities to develop print awareness, sense of story, appreciation for literature, and understanding of the various uses of the written word.  They are also given opportunity to recognize words that have meaning to them; words like their own names, their friend’s names, items labeled int he classroom, and other common words and phrases.  Children are given tools for expressing themselves through drawing, copying and using their own “invented” spelling and dictate real experiences and stories to the teacher.

Mathematics:  Math concepts are taught through daily routines like updating the calendar and small group activities.  Children participate in hands-on activities that involve number concepts, counting skills, patterning, sorting, numeral recognition, graphing, and spatial concepts.

Music:  Music is incorporated into each preschool day.  Children are given opportunities to sing, play, listen, and move to music.

Physical Education:  As part of every day is the chance for the children to take part in activities that promote large and small motor development.  In the large motor category are activities like running, jumping, throwing, catching, walking, hopping, galloping, marching, and balancing.  Parachutes, scooters, beanbags, and hula-hoops are examples of the equipment used in these activities.  Fine motor skills are developed through activities like lacing, stringing, drawing, painting, working with play dough, and cutting.

Religion:  Preschoolers participate in Jesus Time or chapel each day.  They hear stories from the Bible, sing songs in praise of God and take part in groups and echo prayers.  Through these activities they will come to know Jesus as their friend who died and rose for them.  They will know God and Father as their Creator who always loves them and be taught to show God’s love to others throughout the day.

Science:  In the area of science, children use their senses to discover the world around them.  Through hands-on activities they make new realizations about the world they live in.  Areas of discovery include weather, health, plants, and animals.

Social Studies:  Activities and the classroom environment are structured to encourage each child to have a healthy sense of self, a positive self-esteem, and to foster good social skills.  Children are coached into self-regulating their emotions and behavior and taught how to effectively communicate with others.  In the process they will learn about themselves, their friends, families, our country, and holidays.