Our curriculum adheres to goals and guidelines developed by both the Arizona Early Learning Standards and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. As a result it is thoughtfully planned, challenging, engaging, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically responsive, and comprehensive. The lessons are also loaded with fun, educational, and play-based themed activities for young children. We strive to keep activities open-ended and child directed.
We are a non-denominational, faith-based preschool program. Our materials and activities are carefully chosen to enable the children to recognize how important God (and Jesus) are in every aspect of our lives. Our programs provide meaningful, faith-based experiences that meet children at their level of understanding.
Let them be little, fill their hearts with laughter, help them grow wings, nurture their sense of wonder, inspire them to Believe, love them like there’s no tomorrow
Research shows that young children must be provided with play opportunities. While children are engaged in our play, we encourage the children to: Observe, explore, discover, question, problem solve, share experiences, initiate activities, make choices, engage in ongoing activities, and interact.
Circle Time sets the tone of the day. The age group of the children in the class determines how long Circle time will last. Additionally, circle time is considered a large group time and is the time of day when the entire class comes together to: discuss the plans for the day, review classroom rules, sing songs, talk about the weather and share. We keep it short, fun and educational!
Daily Activities include theme based developmentally appropriate activities in music and movement; art, science, math, dramatic play, daily life skills, exploring natural materials, gross/fine motor development and language activities. A weekly Journal time is also planned to develop writing skills. There is focus on one letter each week as well as a shape and color each month.
Planned Small Group Time to Master Skills: Small group time is a time where the teacher plans to work with a small group of children (preferably 2-4 children) to work on vital skills. For example: 3-yr olds are encouraged to improved social skills, practice writing their name and forming letters, etc. while 4/5 yr olds are encouraged to learn their home address, writing words or work toward reciting words, etc.
Learning Centers provide the best way for children to learn- by freely exploring their environment. These areas include Art, Science, Sensory, Dramatic, Play, Reading, Blocks, and Music and remain stocked with educational materials.
Tracking Development is implementing during activities and interactions with the children on a daily basis. Children are also evaluated through small assessments at least two-three times a year. Development will be discussed during yearly Parent-Teacher Conferences or at any time by the parent’s request.