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Our Curriculum (general overview)

Messiah’s Kids implements the High Scope preschool curriculum for active participatory learning endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. (NAEYC) Based on research in child development our curriculum includes: Materials, Manipulation, Choice, Child language and Adult Scaffolding (support). Another key component of our curriculum is Learning Without Tears which includes school readiness, writing, language, literacy, and math through the Get Set for School Program.  Our chapel curriculum includes Group Publishing resources which provides stories about Jesus’s unconditional love and forgiveness and great music that our students love to learn and sing!

Our curriculum is designed to:

 Help each child develop a positive view of themselves as children loved unconditionally by God.

  • Assure children of their eternal life through faith in Jesus as their Savior.

  • Develop safe and healthy habits in young children with an emphasis on proper hygiene, sound nutrition, exercise and physical care.

  • Provide opportunities for creative expression.

  • Encourage the use of multiple intelligences as defined by Howard Gardner.

  • Support the development of social skills such as sharing, cooperation, generosity and empathy.

  • Stimulate cognitive problem-solving skills with an emphasis on the concepts of cause and effect, classification, serialization, space, time, numbers, shape, and colors.

  • Strengthen communication skills necessary for listening, reading, writing, and speaking by providing an environment rich in the practical use of words.

  • Enhance fine-motor and gross-motor skills.

  • Reinforce Christian principlesof sharing, caring and loving.

  • Teach manners and respect for adults and peers.

  • Expose children to different ethnic cultures.

High Scope Work Centers

Book/Puppet Center-

This center will encourage an interest in “reading” picture books and children’s literature. The atmosphere here will be quiet, comfortable and allow for learning sight words or reading according to each child’s developmental stage. This center will also include the retelling of stories through puppets.

Manipulative/Math Center-

Materials in this center will aid in the development of concept formation, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, patterning, sequencing, grouping, counting, sorting and independent work.

Block Center-

Motor control, visual discrimination, dramatic play, creativity, and language skills are developed by building structures with blocks. Photos will be taken of block structures and placed in children’s’ portfolios.

Science Center-

This center will change throughout the year and may include objects in God’s world to be observed, experiments and sand/water table exploration with a variety of media.

Expressive Art Center-

This center allows for creative expression in conjunction with the development of fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination and experimentation with color, shape, texture, and more.

Drama/Home living Center-

The Drama/Home living center is an area for dramatic play and role-play of family, community and church helpers.

Writing Center-

This center will provide the child with opportunities to participate in nonverbal communication, dictation of ideas and feelings, reading readiness, and language development. Children will be encouraged to “write” letters, words and stories according to their developmental stage Learning Without Tears Curriculum and Program Description “Get Set for School” is a curriculum that includes three complete programs designed to prepare children for school: Readiness & Writing, Language & Literacy, and Numbers & Math. The developmentally appropriate programs complement and expand our existing High Scope Pre-K program. Each classroom uses Learning Without Tears’ proven strategies:

  • Multisensory approach that addresses different learning styles
  • Developmental progression that builds on what children already know
  • Friendly voice that connects with children
  • Engaging lessons that invite active participation

Readiness & Writing

  • This program incorporates child-friendly teaching strategies, such as using music and movement to bring lessons to life, and multisensory manipulatives to build fine and gross motor skills. Our readiness and writing lessons teach body awareness, cooperation, taking turns, listening, crayon grip, drawing, building, letter and number recognition, capital letter and number formation.
  •  Physical development and social/behavioral skills are particularly important in Pre-K. In fact, children need to develop both fine and gross motor skills to be able to write. All these skills are critical to good emotional and social development and future academic performance.
  • We demystify numbers and make math concepts relevant and fun for children. With playful manipulatives, music, and rhymes, our numbers and math program teaches counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem solving, and even Pre-K geometry skills.
  • The program helps students build number sense right from the start. They also get time to play with real objects and test their ideas so that math becomes real and meaningful. Children also develop oral language that helps them learn about and express math concepts.
  • Children begin developing language skills from the moment they are born. Our language and literacy program actively teaches syllables, names and sounds of letters, words linked to content, new words in spoken language, how to respond to simple questions, and how to have discussions and share ideas.
  • The program focuses on building rich Vocabulary so that children learn a word’s meaning and what a word represents so they begin to understand the network of concepts that goes with it. Children also learn the difference between drawing and writing, associate books with reading, ‘read’ environmental print, and ultimately learn the many benefits of early reading and writing.
  • Children also learn to identify letter symbols, both capital and lowercase, by letter names. They learn how these “symbols” work together to form printed words and how printed words related to spoken language.