Early Childhood ProgramEarly Childhood Education Developmental Approach
It is the goal of our Early Childhood Program to make school a valuable and rewarding experience for your child as it considers the whole person - body, mind, and spirit.
Our educational program is centered on a developmental point of view. This suggests we look at the child’s present maturity level, not where we think he should be, when we consider placement. Physical, social, emotional, and intellectual aspects of development support each other. It is important that one not be pushed ahead of the other.
Our school is a supportive extension of the home and church with Jesus Christ as the role model. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Each child develops according to his individual pattern. Developmental placement for children of kindergarten age means that a trained instructor determines school readiness by screening them. A child is evaluated as to how well he/she copes physically, socially, and emotionally as well as academically within a regular school environment. Screening also indicates how well the child’s mind and body work together. Testing reflects the child’s style of perceiving and solving problems.
The major difference between the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten is the approach used by the teachers. Certain activities are given more time in the pre-kindergarten classes. Pre-kindergarten is also more movement oriented which is necessary for development of larger muscles through manipulation and also helps hand-eye coordination. A child in pre-kindergarten will focus on structured lessons for shorter periods of time and will be allowed more time in the various learning centers in the classroom. Children in kindergarten will work for a longer time on a particular task.
“Hands-on” activities are an integral part of all of the Early Childhood Education classes. These activities are a major part of our developmental process and are used to assist young children in mastering skills that will later prepare them for elementary school. Language development is a high priority for all of the programs. Readiness in math and reading will also be emphasized at the kindergarten level.
The child who is placed properly according to his state of development will experience more academic success at every grade level. That, in turn, will make him more interested in school.
All children applying for Pre-K must be screened by the Gessel test whether they attended CLA Preschool or not. The child must be 4 years old by September 30th.
Children in the Pre-K class do not automatically go to Kindergarten the following year. The child’s teacher does an evaluation. The kindergarten program is designed for the child who is 5 – 5 ½ years old developmentally; therefore, a developmental age of 5 – 5 ½ is required for the child to go to K-5. If the student is not 5 developmentally, then the student will go to the other Pre-K class the following year. The child must also be 5 years old by September 30th.
There is no greater gift to give a child academically than the Gift of Time.