We recognize children at this stage learn in formal and informal settings; and, we create an environment that allows for hands on learning, imaginitive play, peer interaction, teacher directed-instruction as well as whole and small group instruction. During the early developmental years, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual growth is grounded in our core subject areas:
- Reading & Language Literacy
- Math & Science
- Social Studies
- Creative Arts
- Christian Formation
- Motor, Emotional & Social Development
Our Reading program covers five essential elements of early literacy which is awareness of individual sounds in spoken words, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary development and reading comprehension. Specifically, instruction begins with letter recognition, sound-letter relationship, short and long vowels, consonant blends, and introduction of sight words and various decodable words. As the students establish a foundation for sight words, rhyming, decoding and reading unknown words, we will introduce activities to introduce reading comprehension strategies such as summarizing and predicting what comes next. All reading activities are primarily interactive so the children can experience a variety of different ways to read and enjoy literature.
Our focus in Handwriting is establishing a sound foundation for first grade making it easier for handwriting instruction. Students will learn the correct top to bottom letter formation and proper spacing of manuscript letters. We will provide fun, interactive ways through discussion, reflection, story-telling, and writing with illustration to learn how to create sentences which express clear thoughts and include proper capitalization and punctuation. We encourage students to produce inventive spelling using phonics and sight word knowledge
We will reinforce and expand on what has been covered in Pre-K such as sorting, patterns and basic geometry, positions, problem solving, and the numbers 1 to 20. In addition, students will master the fundamentals of tables, graphs and fractions, time and money, measurement, and counting by rote to 100. Lastly, basic addition and subtraction skills will be established so ultimately the students will master automatic recall of addition and subtraction facts.
PERSONAL SOCIAL SKILLS
Early education for Social Studies is allowing for the child to understand his or her place within his/her community as well as the world around them. We accomplish this by focusing on concepts the students relate to such as family, friends, types of jobs/occupations, and their surrounding community. We also learn about local and global geography and American History.