and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
Deuteronomy 6: 6 & 7
Grace Christian Preschool’s curriculum philosophy focuses on the developmental aspect of growth, which is reflected in the curriculum we have adopted. Our curriculum emphasizes monthly thematic teaching units that are broken down into sub-themes for each week.
The Preschool Curriculum Guide for Parents is available as a resource to our parents, providing a thorough monthly guide including Bible verse, Classroom Curriculum, Chapel, Learning Themes, i.e. character trait(s), shapes, colors, letters, science, and suggested ideas of how to reinforce what your child is learning.
Each day the children attend Chapel, where our Preschool Staff takes every opportunity to teach and model Biblical standards and characteristics, as well as to use everyday occurrences to teach God’s character and creation. It is not our desire to teach specific doctrine, but to teach the children about Jesus and what a special friend He can be to us.
Since our curriculum is Christ-centered and our activities relate to God’s Word, holidays are observed as follows:
• Halloween: Focus is harvest and thanking God for His bounty.
• Thanksgiving: Focus is the Thanksgiving feast and thanking God for His provisions and blessings.
• Christmas: Focus is the birth of Jesus Christ.
• Easter: Focus is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Halloween costumes, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny do not play a part in our curriculum. Please understand that we do not teach against these secular traditions, but that our emphasis at the school is scriptural.
Our Pre-Kindergarten (PK) and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) curriculum includes “The Peabody Language Development Program” (PLDP). The PLDP provides practice in labeling, language, constructing sentences, and thinking logically. The program’s wide range of appealing materials encourages young children to become active participants in a possible 360 lessons. Two puppets, P. Mooney and Zoey, bring the PLDP program to life. The children dramatize, imagine, reason, compare, sing, dance, and tell stories. Each week you will see their improvement in expressing thoughts and feelings, in thinking, and in problem solving. The PLDP focuses on the following important skills: brainstorming, classifying, comparing, describing, labeling, pantomiming, discussing, following directions, identifying, imagining, and it helps our preschoolers with the following:
• Problem Solving: Evaluating possible solutions to a hypothetical problem in order to arrive at a satisfactory answer.
• Relating: Determining connections between two or more items.
• Remembering: Bringing to mind images, ideas, or information from the past. Storing images, ideas, and/or information in the mind.
• Sentence Building: Generating sentences based on a given model.
• Sequencing: Determining and demonstrating the proper order of a series of items or events.
• Storytelling: Telling or re-telling a story or part of a story.
• Vocabulary: Learning the definitions of specific words.