Our program supports and encourages each child’s individual development: social, emotional, cognitive, language, physical and spiritual. Play is a very important part of our curriculum because research supports play as a powerful means of learning for young children. Planned within the framework of our philosophy and goals, our curriculum also includes: Bible stories, music, language development, creative art activities, character traits, large and fine motor skill activities, science, shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. In addition, we incorporate related arts sessions in the areas of art, music, chapel, PE, Spanish/languages, cooking, and theatre classes into each classroom. The curriculum provides a framework on which teachers can build an early childhood program that will allow children to grow and develop as Jesus did – in wisdom and stature and in “favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). Our skilled staff provides guidance and teacher-directed, child-centered activities to help each child develop language, pre-reading, prewriting, and other foundational skills appropriate to his or her stage of development. The curriculum is developed around themes which provide opportunities for the children to learn about God, Jesus, the Bible, the church, self, family, others, and the natural world. Each classroom teaching team creates a lesson plan based on the Georgia Early Learning Standards, as well as the interests and developmental stages of the children in each classroom. Some teams choose monthly themes that they create units for that integrate each subject/developmental area. Other teams, especially in the classrooms where the children cannot verbally give their input, follow our school-wide weekly theme with daily proposed activities that address each area of development. We believe that effective teaching occurs when learning experiences are presented to a child at an appropriate age and on the child’s developmental level. We are committed to this philosophy in our teaching methods. Teachers are required by the licensing agency to post their weekly/monthly plans. You will also receive a copy of the weekly lesson plans via e-mail by Monday Mornings from your child’s teacher.
Please click the link below to learn more about the Georgia Early Learning Development Standards (GELDS)
To view more detailed GELDS standards please click here: http://gelds.decal.ga.gov/Search.aspx
While we have your children in our care during school hours, a lot of learning will come from what you do at home. For resources to support home learning please click this link: http://gelds.decal.ga.gov/Resources.aspx