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Academics, Curriculum, and Learning
 

Calvin Christian Preschool’s curriculum is developmentally appropriate which means that the whole child is considered.  The children learn about the love of Jesus, their world, how to get along with others and positive feelings about self and school.

Calvin Christian Preschool is a developmental program geared toward kindergarten readiness.


We offer teacher directed circle times with the calendar, Pledge of Allegiance, attendance, Bible stories, theme of the week, phonetic sound of the week, music and movement and much more. 

Circle times foster classroom skills: raising hands, listening skills, lengthening attention span, kindergarten readiness, auditory and visual memory, receptive and expressive language development, vocabulary, comprehension skills and following directions.

In addition to art in the classroom every child has the opportunity to work with our resident artist Mrs. Lisa, four mornings per week.  Children are also introduced to beginning spanish vocabulary. 

Calvin Christian Preschool also includes a learning center approach where children are free to move through centers at their own pace.

LEARNING CENTERS

Creative Art:

Finger painting, collaging, painting, etc, to foster hand-eye control, fine motor development, and pre-writing skills.

Work Center:

This center houses the animal rhythm sound of the week, left to right discrimination activities, cutting, tracing, measuring and multi-sensory activities. 

Objectives: Eye-hand control, fine motor development, correct pincher grasp, crossing the midline, left to right discrimination, attention span, good work habits, school readiness and self-confidence.

Phonics Curriculum:

Animal Rhythms Phonics Program is a pre-reading program designed to help young children associate the letters of the alphabet with their sounds.  Each letter has an animal with a name that begins with that letter’s sound (ex: Bobby Bear teaches the sound of “b”).  Accompanying each letter is an alliterative chant called the animal rhythm, which reinforces the letter sound as the children memorize and repeat it over and over.  The first worksheet for each letter introduces the animal friend, its letter and the sound it represents.  This will be sent home at the beginning of each week so that the parents can help their child learn the alliterative animal rhythm poem.  Another page includes the letter’s uppercase and lowercase forms for the children to trace over and over with several crayons.  This is called “rainbow writing.”  Finally, each child will receive a large letter that they will glue on different items that begin with that sound.  Please be advised that this is an enriching program (we are not kindergarten or first grade – reading is not a goal of pre-k) and that children pick concepts up at their own pace.  

Handwriting Curriculum:

Handwriting without Tears is the name of our handwriting program. This is an award-winning curriculum that is fun!  In addition to handwriting, this curriculum includes music, wooden pieces to form letters, chalk, slates and much more.  This handwriting curriculum accomodates all learning styles.

Math Center:

Math Their Way is a wonderful hands-on math program.  The usage in preschool is generally free exploration using the following materials: patterning blocks, geo boards, scales, number pegs, number tracing, chain links, unifix cubes and sorting, classifying and matching various items. 

Objectives: One-to-one correspondence, problem solving, visual discrimination, shape and space concepts, abstract concepts, hand-eye coordination, fine motor development, creative expression and self-confidence.

Science and Social Awareness:

Many of these activities are covered through our thematic units and through our creative “hands-on” activities. Some of our learning themes include: dinosaurs, community helpers, gardening, seasons, ocean life and water around us, weather, animals, Native Americans and other cultures, insects and spiders, and much more. 

Objectives: To foster curiosity about our world, experience change in form, self-awareness, increase vocabulary, classifying and tactile stimulation.

CIRCLE TIME

Teacher directed circle times are an important part of the pre-kindergarten curriculum. 

Attendance, calendar, weather chart, Pledge of Allegiance, discussion of our weekly themes, stories, music and games are included. 

Objectives: To foster classroom rules, raising hands, listening skills, lengthening attention span, kindergarten readiness, auditory and visual memory, receptive and expressive language development, increase vocabulary, curiosity about our world, improve comprehension skills and following directions.

Perceptual Motor 

This area is important to the overall development of the child.  Perceptual motor effects cognitive growth as well as all areas of the child’s development. 

Some activities include: Balance boards, scooter boards, balance beams, stilts, rocking boards, ladder, stepping stones, obstacle course, bean bag toss as well as teacher directed games and activities. 

Objectives: To foster balance and posture, body image, coordination, spacial awareness (up, down,…), lateral development, visual motor (crossing the midline), locomotor skills (moving through space) and self-confidence.

Dramatic Play       

Dress-up, puppet theater, kitchen, baby dolls, pet store, post office, veterinarian clinic, doctors office, coffee and ice cream shops, bakery, and beauty parlor.  

These are just a few of the dramatic play learning centers that help to foster creativity and socialization skills, along with interpersonal skills.

Sensory

Goop, slime, play-doh, pasta, seeds, rice, cornmeal, moon sand and kinetic sand.  

These all help to foster tactile stimulation, and conservation skills.