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Preschool Curriculum at Grace Learning Center

The major goal of our curriculum is Luke 2:52 “…and Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”  
 

The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners.  This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try their ideas and to think their own thoughts.  Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners.  We are teaching them how to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them.  We are giving them good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.

 

Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:

  • Social:  To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group.
  • Emotional:  To help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
  • Cognitive:  To help children become confident learners by letting them try their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
  • Physical:  To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.

The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.

We are implementing the Creative Curriculum, a comprehensive early childhood educational system that emphasizes a practical, easy to understand approach to working with children.  It promotes the use of interest areas as a way of providing experiences that  promote cognitive, social, physical and language development.  This curriculum is based on five fundamental principles.

  • Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
  • Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success
  • Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning
  • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions
  • Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning

This is a teacher directed, child initiated play based approach.  With this there is a lot of teacher observations, asking questions, allowing the children to be active and creative with what they are given.
 

Bible

The Bible Curriculum is Think Orange.  Orange is a strategy that combines the critical influences of the church (yellow) and home (red) to incite wonder, provoke discovery and fuel passion in the hearts of the next generation.

 

 

First Look focuses on three main environments:

  • Church (First Look Groups)
  • Home (First Look Home)
  • Combined Experience (First Look FX)

First impressions are important.  First Look curriculum give the children a first impression of their loving heavenly Father.  The curriculum keeps it simple and fun, repeating one basic truth about God all month long.  First Look also helps children understand worship and introduces them to small group time.