Preschool Curriculum Overview
The children will worship God and learn about His Word. They will learn to repeat prayers with the teacher and thank God for the blessings He has given them. The children will sing simple praise songs. They will learn about God’s creation, that He made the world, the animals, people around us, and that He made us! They will learn about the birth and resurrection of Jesus. They learn God is with them everyday.
The children are given the opportunity to listen to stories and are introduced to new vocabulary. They learn to recognize the distinct marks that make up the alphabet and words. They learn that letters have names and how to identify them, especially in their own names. Children perform exercises that enhance hand/eye coordination and small muscle control of the hands and fingers for writing. Phonetic awareness is learned through rhyming, nursery rhymes, poems, finger plays and songs.
The children will be asked to recognize similarities and differences, classify objects and shapes, recognize or create patterns in sequences of objects, create pictures, and count. Students will use shapes to help count and sort. They will also complete puzzles and count to ten.
The children will use activities to help discover and express the orderliness and beauty of God’s creation. They will be introduced to key physical characteristics, the needs, and the basic life cycle of plants. Animals and man are also studied. They will be given the opportunity to use a variety of tools.
The children learn organizational skills using calendars and daily schedules. They will learn the difference between real life pictures and pretend pictures. They will be exposed to community helpers such as fire fighters, police officers, nurses, etc.
The children listen and participate in many songs and finger plays. They will develop “loud-soft” and “fast-slow” concepts and identify sounds, imitate sounds, and move to music.
Children will use a wide variety of media and techniques which provide for sensory exploration and manipulation, as well as developing fine motor skills.
Children learn to stop and start movement according to a signal, maintain balance, move with or without obstacles, and play traditional childhood games. They will move to music, ride tricycles, run, and climb for exercise.
Children will learn to carry out one or two step directions. When given several choices of activities, they will be able to choose one and do it independently for a sustained period of time. They will learn to return toys and other materials to their proper place after use. Students will be able to sit down and complete a project or craft when asked to do so.