Through daily bible lessons and weekly chapel participation, students will hear many common Bible stories. One story is featured each week. Through these stories, children learn about the nature of God and His work. They learn that all have sinned, but that Jesus has paid the price for those sins, giving us the promise of eternal life.
Children are encouraged to develop oral language skills. They are exposed to excellent literature, both classic and contemporary. Phonemic awareness is introduced, as well as phonics and letter recognition.
Students learn about simple patterns and classification. They identify simple geometric shapes and are introduced to measurement. Counting and one-to-one correspondence prepare students for simple addition and subtraction with concrete objects.
Children learn about the needs, characteristics, and development of humans, as well as animals and plants. They learn about the physical elements of water, air, and light. They study the seasons and the changes brought by this cycle.
Since social awareness is just beginning, the core concepts covered are the family, the class, and the church. Community workers are also covered (farmers, police officers, fire fighters, astronauts, doctors, and postal workers). Students are introduced to basic map skills.
Music becomes a part of all that is studied. It is also taught directly through music and movement activities, and rhythm sticks. Students will listen to music, sing, recognize differences in sounds, and use dancing scarves.
An exposure to and discussion about selected works of art will lead to an understanding of the elements of art. Students will be encouraged to use these elements in their own works of art.
Students will be given opportunity to develop gross motor skills such as swinging, climbing, throwing, and catching by participation in movement activities, recess, and coordination development activities. Physical attention and relaxation is also covered.
All prekindergarteners learn the manual alphabet as well as several basic American Sign Language signs. These signs are used throughout the year.
Pre-reading skills such as observation of pictures and rebuses, as well as prediction are appropriate for the prekindergarten classroom, and are encouraged. Students also begin to work on focusing on a task while blocking out distractions around them.