"Show me and

Teach me and

Involve me and 

Benjamin

I forget;

I remember;

I learn."

Franklin

Christ Lutheran Church

 Preschool Curriculum 

The framework of the CLC Preschool curriculum is based on Jean Piaget’s scientifically-research theories of the cognitive development stages of young children and how they learn. Piaget’s Principles in child development are:

 

  • Children are active and motivated learners

 

 

  • Children learn by manipulating concrete objects: Play enables children to extend their physical skills, language and literacy capabilities, and creative imagination.

 

Piaget’s Principles in child development are:

 
 
  • Children’s interaction with their physical and social environments is key for cognitive development: Children build and construct knowledge of the world around them based on interactions with physical experiences, social interaction, reflection, and observations

 

  • Children’s development occurs in stages: Varying rates- Development can vary in   speed
  •  Learning styles: We learn in different ways

 

  • Development occurs in a sequence
 
Our curriculum is also enhanced by a weekly Bible reading and related activities to teach the children about Jesus Christ, reinforcing our Christian beliefs and the Preschool’s mission and educational philosophy. We hope that by teaching the Bible through stories and fun activities, the children will learn about the Word of God, where they will be able to develop a relationship with Him, and continue this relationship all through their lives.

Christ Lutheran Church Preschool’s curriculum focus for all classes is designed to help children from 1-5 years old build their beginning skills in the following areas: linguistic, cognitive, physical, and social.

 

LINGUISTIC FOCUS: The Preschool uses an age-appropriate literacy program which provides different kinds of reading and writing experiences. Reading and writing are connected. The following components are taught: alphabetical order, letter matching, letter identification and knowledge (upper case and lower case), beginning sound awareness, letter-sound association, letter formation, phonological awareness (rhymes, word awareness, phoneme matching, blending sound to make words, segmenting, compound words), positional words, and print awareness.

 

Story Time Focus Consists of: listening skills, attention span, language development, vocabulary, appreciation of literature, creativity, and imagination.

 

Reading Aloud: Children look at books and stories they cannot read. This activity supports the concept of story, develops oral language, and promotes interest in literacy.

 

Shared Reading: The children participate in reading group activities, where the teachers use big books, interactive stories, charts, poems, and other reading materials to promote the children’s meaning of reading.

 

Teacher-Guided Reading: Teachers individualize instruction by using eye-leveled books to help each child’s reading process.

 

Free Reading: Children read on their own after using the skills they have gained in Teacher Guided Reading.

 

Art Activities: “Hands-on,” process-oriented activities, and exploration of different art materials focusing on the creative process rather than open-ended outcomes to help children develop: perception of the world through self-expression, individual creativity, fine-motor skills, eye-hand coordination, sensory perception, self independence and confidence, problem solving, language development skills, concepts about color, size, shape, form, and texture, cooperation and sharing, problem solving and decision making.

 

Music and Creative Movement: Music is used in all classrooms as an opportunity to reinforce other areas of the curriculum (listening skills, auditory awareness, speech and language development counting, reading readiness, creative expression, etc.), as well as to help children to develop confidence in their musical abilities and expression of their feelings. It involves gross and fine-motor skills and it helps to set the tone to change children’s moods. It is used sporadically in all classrooms to help reinforce skills and concepts and also once a week with a qualified music teacher. Music activities are: singing, movement, rhythm instruments, and listening.

 

COGNITIVE FOCUS: Math: Children explore concrete materials that are filled with games, play, and activities to help them understand the foundation of mathematical concepts before moving on to more abstract operations like addition and subtraction. A variety of pre-math activities are selected to introduce major pre-math concepts.

 

Science: Allows children to develop curiosity about the world around them through “hands-on” science activities that will engage them in observation, problem solving, questioning, exploration of materials, experimenting, discovering of cause and effect, and predicting.

 

PHYSICAL FOCUS: Fine-Motor Skills: The teachers provide daily activities with materials for the children to manipulate and to acquire skills they will need "before" they learn to read and write. Fine-motor activities strengthen small muscles in their fingers and hands, reinforce left to right eye movement and coordination, and build language skills.  

 

Teacher Guided Writing: Teachers work one-on-one with students.

 

Interactive Writing: Students dictate and share ideas with teachers to write a message or story.

 

Independent Writing: Students practice what they have learned during center time or circle time.

 

Gross-Motor Skills: Activities such as, throwing ball, jumping rope, jumping, climbing, swinging, sliding, riding tricycles, marching, playing soccer or organized games, etc., to help the children develop balance, exercise, flexibility, motor control, movement, and strength of their large muscles, as well as, cooperative play and safety awareness. The Preschool playground is the major component of the children’s development of their gross-motor skills.

 

SOCIAL SKILL FOCUS: Development of the child as an individual and their self-esteem is enforced through basic social science concepts that are meaningful to preschoolers. It includes the following skills: listening, manners, determination, safety, teamwork, self-control, cooperation, courage, sharing, and getting along with others. These topics are taught through children’s stories, as well as, daily class activities to help the children develop ways to establish and maintain relationships with their classroom peers, teachers, and family so they be able to further develop and maintain future relationships with members of society.