All classes meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Half-day classes meet from 8:40 am to 11:10 am or 12:10 pm to 2:40 pm. Extended Day classes meet from 8:40 am to 2:40 pm.
3 Year Olds +
This class is for children ready to venture away from the nest for a few mornings per week. Children must be three years old and toilet trained. Social/emotional development, art, music, songs & finger plays are the focus of this group.
3 & 4 Year Olds
This class is designed for children who are 3 or 4 years old. Creative art, music, language arts, early math & science concepts are the focus. Bible stories and a scripture theme add to the child’s spiritual development.
This class is designed for children who are five years old but not quite ready for Kindergarten. Bible stories and basic Christian principles plant seeds in your child’s heart. Social/emotional maturity is developed.
Half Day Program
Our half day classes meet from 8:40 am to 11:10 am or 12:10 pm to 2:40 pm. Children participate in learning centers, play time, group activities, and snack.
Extended Day Program
Any child enrolled in the am classes may add an afternoon session and extend the school day until 2:40 pm. The afternoon allows enhanced activities and helps children prepare for the transition to Kindergarten. Parents provide a packed lunch.
A Typical Day
Arrival and Learning
Children are dropped off at the main entrance in the back where they are greeted by our director and helped into the building where their teacher is waiting for them. Once the class has arrived, teachers escort the children to the classroom. The second floor center doors are locked to provide security. If the church office is closed, the main doors downstairs are also locked.
After hanging up their belongings, the children enter the classroom and immediately wash their hands. We teach good health habits and frequent hand washing is essential.
The room is set up into different learning centers and the children can get right to work. Block play, dramatic play, small manipulative toys, art center and reading are always available. A teacher-directed art or science activity engages the children in small groups. The children have about an hour to move about the room trying different activities. During this time teachers are actively engaged, assisting children, and encouraging their investigative play. If behavior issues arise a teacher will assist them in making positive choices and help redirect behavior when necessary.
Transitions, Curriculum and Snack
The leader for the day rings the bell for clean-up time and everyone participates. Our toy containers are labeled with words and pictures so that children can practice early reading skills.
Once the room is tidied we gather together on the rug for group time. Songs and fingerplays give children the opportunity to practice memorization skills and rhyming words. Reading wonderful stories together starts children on the path to literacy.
There is a scripture theme for each month and Bible stories are a regular part of our curriculum. Learning how God made the world and the story of the Good Samaritan teach us to love God and love each other. Learning how Jesus calmed the storm teaches us that He is always watching over us.
After a bathroom break and hand washing the children quietly “read” a book on the rug until the snack is ready. Parents provide a healthy snack for their child, preferably a fresh fruit or vegetable.
PLay Time, Goodbyes and Communication
Gross motor play either outdoors or in our large gym gives children the chance to move! Again we want to encourage good health habits, making friends, and loving the outdoors. Our outdoor garden provides many science lessons.
We end our day with a little music and movement and perhaps another story. We use a variety of children’s music that gets us moving and helps us work on listening skills at the same time.
Our day ends with a ritual goodbye song. This signals to the children that the day is over and they are headed home. The teacher has a quick minute to touch base with caregivers and report on the day. Regular emails from the director keep parents informed about our school day. Our private classroom Facebook pages are updated often so parents have a peek inside our classroom.
Special events throughout the year include: visits from the Peninsula Library Lady, Fall Family Fun Night, Thanksgiving celebration, Birthday Party for Jesus, Pajama Day, Jim Gill concert, Valentine’s Day, Easter egg hunt, I Love You Teas, and the Akron Zoomobile.
Register for 2023 - 2024
With a nurturing environment, experienced educators, and a curriculum designed to foster growth and creativity, we provide an exceptional foundation for your child’s future success. Register today!