The main focus for our 18mos/2's class is social development and to gain independence from mom and dad. As we share with them the love of Jesus Christ, we want our children to become comfortable in a classroom setting away from home. A child's work is play and we provide time for children to explore and discover the beautiful world God created. Children will learn important skills like sharing, taking turns, following directions, and working together. These skills prepare them for the upcoming years of school and will be practiced each day.
The main focus in our 3's class is play. Within that play, skills are introduced and experienced in a fun, non-threatening way. We strive to continually surround the children with the love of Christ and socialization is our main goal at this age, which includes sharing, taking turns at play and during circle time, and following directions. Classrooms are center based providing opportunities for exploration with blocks, home living, sand/water table, art, writing, science and manipulatives. Children play and work, learning with their peers in smaller groups in centers throughout the day as part of their daily schedule.
Children will have opportunities to write their first name and trace simple shapes. Opportunities for writing the alphabet and numbers are part of the 4-year old curriculum.
The 4-year old program is focused on kindergarten readiness and preparing children to become disciples of Christ. Our loving teachers incorporate fun with learning; making sure to provide many opportunities to foster each child's learning style. We offer a theme-based curriculum using a hands-on approach that targets the many different intelligences. Through the child's play they are learning skills by participating in creative, developmentally appropriate activities. Many of the following skills are reinforced weekly through the use of centers.
Our Bridge class is for children five-years of age, who are not starting Kindergarten this school year. Our primary focus for our Bridge class is to reinforce and extend on the skills introduced in our four-year old program. It prepares the children for kindergarten in a caring and Christian environment. The curriculum is center-based with a hands-on approach. With Jesus as our example, we model love to the children and teach them to grow to become more like Him.
"Get Set For School" curriculum from Handwriting Without Tears prepares Pre-K children for kindergarten. Get Set for School uses music and movement to engage children and help them develop good learning habits. Children learn actively as they play, color, draw, count, build, and sing. We'll be teaching children to:
Children will learn important readiness, early writing, literacy, and math skills. These potentially complex subjects will be broken down into simpler tasks that develop on what children already know. This way, they can master skills one step at a time as they build lifelong learning habits. While the Get Set for School curriculum is designed for 4-5 yr olds, there are many tools and activities that we will be doing with all of the children at Little Lambs to help prepare them for handwriting when they are developmentally ready.
In Music and Movement, children will come every week to sing, dance, exercise and play. We have lots of fun strengthening all of the muscles in our bodies, from the small muscles in our fingers, to the large muscles in our legs, arms, and stomach. We sing and dance to all types of music while building our vocabularies at the same time.
We have Chapel every week to share a Bible message with the children that is age appropriate and based on God's Truth. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to help children move along a path that starts with a general understanding of God (what nature reveals) towards a special, deeper understanding (knowing about God’s love, forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life).