Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum
The purpose of the Early Childhood Education Program (ECE) is to provide a Christ-centered environment that allows children to grow and develop as Jesus did in "wisdom and stature" and in "favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52)
Our ECE program offers a curriculum developed around themes utilizing learning centers; which give opportunities for children to learn about God's world and how we should live in it.
Learning centers are areas within the classroom that provide academics, concrete experiences and opportunities which teach, reinforce, stimulate and enrich specific processes, skills and concepts developing within each child. Small-group lessons, one-on-one instruction, and learning through creative activities such as art, dance, and music, are taught in our program.
The themes are designed to help lay a foundation for understanding God, Jesus, the Bible, ourselves, our families and others by providing activities which embrace physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual development.
Preschool children learn mainly through play and interactive activities. Preschool teachers capitalize on children's play to further language and vocabulary development (using storytelling, rhyming games, and acting games), improve social skills (having the children work together to build a neighborhood in a sandbox), and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts (showing the children how to balance and count blocks when building a bridge or how to mix colors when painting).
Play and hands-on teaching also are used by Pre-Kindergarten teachers, as well as beginning academics begin to take priority in the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Letter recognition, phonics, numbers, and awareness of nature and science, introduced at the preschool level, are taught primarily in Pre-kindergarten.
Four times a year, performance assessments (Progress Reports) are distributed to the parents. This is a performance assessment and documentation of children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and accomplishments as demonstrated in the classroom. The material a child is assessed on is entrenched in the curriculum. This process involves the child, the child's family, the teacher, and the school administration in the processes of assessment.
The assessment consists of three complementary components:
1. Brigance Screens Assessment
The BRIGANCE Screens Assessment assist teachers with program planning indicating developmental areas-language, learning, or cognitive delays and identifies children who have academic talent, weakness, or intellectual giftedness. Brigance assesses children's skills in a broad range of developmental areas:
- fine-motor skills
- gross-motor skills
- general knowledge
- speech & language
- pre academic/academic
2. Portfolios of each child's work
3. Anecdotal notes and observations guided by specific material taught in the curriculum units.