Light of Christ Preschool offers a Pre-Kindergarten class for those children who need a transitional year between Preschool and Kindergarten. The curriculum is developmentally and academically appropriate for 5 year olds and those turning 5 in the early part of the school year.
As our philosophy states, it is understood and believed that each child is a unique individual created by God who matures at his/her own rate of development. It is further recognized that children learn primarily through play, utilizing varied and appropriate "hands-on" experiences. This daily exposure to educational concepts allows learning to happen when the child is ready. So in planning for the day, the whole child is in focus as s/he is challenged to progress on an individual basis in all areas of growth (spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical).
As a result, teachable moments occur continually throughout the day. All curricular areas (art, language, math, motor skills, music, religion, science and social studies) are incorporated into the days’ activities, while exploring a particular theme or unit of study. The themes have been designed with the child's interests and needs in mind as well as their academic readiness for Kindergarten.
The environment is set up in such a way that learning is fun! It is inviting to the child and stimulates investigation, discovery, and interaction with the materials, other children and adults. It nourishes the development of problem solving, social skills and being able to think independently. The child's self-esteem and drive for learning are continually encouraged and praised in order that his/her greatest learning ability may be reached.
The daily program offers a routine that is flexible with a balance of child-initiated and teacher-guided activities. There are both large and small group activities, as well as time for individual attention. In addition to those experiences, the children "work" in centers each day that provide hands-on learning in a general way for each curricular area. Various teaching methods are also used throughout the units to further accommodate each child's learning style. In this way, children feel comfortable, successful, and have an enthusiastic desire to learn! And, by the end of the year, students are ready for the demands of Kindergarten.
8:50/12:30 Arrival and Table Time (use theme-related activity baskets)
9:10/12:40 Opening (welcome song/prayer, announcements, attendance, pledges)
9:20/12:50 Jesus Time (Bible Story, Bible verse, Jesus song, circle prayer)
9:30/1:00 Play Time (free play in the classroom, art, social interaction, and individual instruction, clean-up)
10:00/1:30 Frog Time (calendar, sharing, skill development, bathroom)
10:10/1:40 Snack Time (being responsible for a job, counting, 1-1 correspondence, nutrition guidance)
10:20/1:50 Book Time (choose and “read” books on own then discuss theme-related books as a class)
10:30/2:00 Music and Movement Time (learn theme-related songs and poems and participate in gross motor activities)
10:40/2:10 Outside Time (free play on the playground)
11:10/2:40 Work Time (name writing, use manipulatives in specific center, art, small group instruction)
11:40/3:10 Floor Time (theme-related math, science, or language large group activity)
11:55/3:25 Closing and Dismissal