Antioch Christian Preschool
Our goal is to help children become independent, inquisitive and self-confident. The activities we plan for children (the way we organize the environment, select materials and toys, plan the daily schedules) are all designed to accomplish the goals of our school curriculum.
Our entire school curriculum is centered on building a child’s character by giving positive direction for a spiritual, social and academic foundation. It is designed to foster development of the whole child through teacher-led, small, and large group activities focusing around age-appropriate areas such as; blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, music and movement, cooking, and outdoor play.
Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development
- Spiritual: To help give our children a beginning spiritual foundation of learning scripture, bible stories, how to pray and put others before themselves. We pride ourselves in teaching them how to memorize scripture and recite The Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments.
- Social: To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their environment, make friends, and feel they are part of the group.
- Emotional: To help children experience pride and self-confidence, developing independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude.
- Cognitive: To help children become confident learners by letting them try independently and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to problem solve, ask questions, and use words to describe ideas, feelings, and observations during school projects.
- Physical: To help children increase their fine and gross motor skills and feel confident.
- Children hold markers, crayons, play-doh, lacing, tweezers and pom-poms and various other objects using fine motor skills to build small muscles and coordination.
- Children are given the opportunity at our outdoor playground to use various activities to build gross motor skills such as; run, jump and balance and interact with other children during free play.
- Self Exploration: The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by doing. Learning isn’t just repeating what someone else says; it requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn firsthand about the world we live in. In their early years, children explore the world around them by using their senses; touching, tasting, listening, smelling and looking.
- Play: Playing provides the foundation for academic or “school” learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters and numbers. They learn to “read” pictures which are symbols of real people, places and things. This exciting development in symbolic thinking takes place during the preschool years as children play. Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our curriculum. Play is the “work” of young children.