CURRICULUM

Our staff are highly-qualified, nurturing teachers committed to guiding the children as they develop self-confidence, self-expression, self-control, responsibility, and the ability to be self-directed.  The teachers plan and create lessons using well-respected curriculum resources.

Handwriting Without Tears is a multi-sensory technique for letter building and recognition.  It is highly regarded as the best handwriting curriculum available for young learners.

Zoo Phonics is a multisensory language arts program.  It a playful and concrete method of maximizing understanding, memory, utilization and transference to all areas of the reading, spelling and writing process.

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Spanish is taught in our classes each week.

Bible Curriculum - We plan and implement theme-based lessons incorporating introductory academic skill development, social skill development (playing cooperatively, following classroom rules, listening to directions) and spiritual development (learning about God’s love, Bible stories/principles).  We incorporate a fine balance of teacher-directed, guided learning along with child-directed opportunities to explore the classroom environment and choose learning center activities.  Circle time involves singing and student participation followed by a short period of well-planned, teacher-directed learning time.  Studies show preschool children learn best through play and TCP students have these opportunities as they explore developmentally-appropriate learning centers each day.  Learning Centers with 2-week themes are the core of our Early Preschool program.  

Dramatic Play, Music, Art and Outdoor Play are all essential in a healthy preschool learning environment.  Our preschoolers regularly participate in creative projects, dress-up time, music & movement and playground fun.

CURRICULUM INFORMATION

Learning through directed play and active discovery is at the heart of the preschool curriculum. The early childhood experiences TCP provides vary for the children depending on their age and/or level of maturity. Each teacher has thoroughly planned lessons prepared for each day.

The Early Preschool classrooms (ages 2-3; must be 2 by August 31) focus on learning through play. We plan and implement theme-based lessons incorporating introductory academic skill development (listening to stories, exploring sensory materials, using language to express ideas), social skill development (playing cooperatively, following classroom rules), physical development (fine motor and gross motor), and spiritual development (learning about God’s love, Bible stories/principles). We incorporate a fine balance of teacher-directed, guided learning along with child-directed opportunities to explore the classroom environment and choose learning center activities. Studies show preschool children learn best through play and TCP students have these opportunities as they explore developmentally appropriate learning centers each day in Early Preschool.

Preschool classrooms (ages 3-4; must be 3 by August 31) encourage children to enjoy learning through play and assist with becoming comfortable with a school routine. The focus of learning is centered around developing social skills, fine motor skills (gluing, cutting, lacing, manipulating pencils and art mediums, building, puzzles, etc.), gross motor skills (jumping, throwing sports equipment, climbing, pedaling, running, kicking balls, etc.) letter and number recognition, phonics, written name recognition, sequencing, and spiritual development. Children will participate in group activities that encourage listening to and following instructions, taking responsibility in classroom helper roles (line leader, teacher’s helper, calendar person, etc.), with an emphasis on appropriate manners and respecting peers and teachers. Literature, poems, music, art and caring for the environment are also a part of the many lessons throughout the year. Zoo-Phonics Curriculum is used regularly in the Preschool classrooms as well as TouchMath Curriculum.

Pre-Kindergarten classrooms (ages 4-5; must be 4 by August 31) are designed to prepare children for kindergarten. The students work with phonics and phonetic awareness, beginning reader materials, writing skills using Handwriting Without curricula, number concepts such as sequencing, addition and subtraction that are correlated with TouchMath, in addition to continuing to practicing skills learned in the preschool curriculum. Other experiences may include nutritional education, STEM and science experiments, and learning about God’s love through Bible stories and activities.

Child Development

The early years are an important period of development. During these early years, children learn best through active, engaged, meaningful experiences. Through these experiences, young children construct their own knowledge by interacting with their environments and others. Researchers and educators agree that quality early care and education provides an invaluable foundation for later school and work success.

School Readiness

School readiness is a multidimensional concept. A child's readiness for school is not simply a matter of alphabet knowledge, or other predominantly cognitive accomplishments. Important as those are, readiness also includes social-emotional abilities, approaches to learning (i.e., curiosity), and communication skills, as well as motor development and physical health. Ongoing research continues to confirm the need to think about children's readiness for school as multi-faceted.