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Curriculum

SPCS CLASS PLACEMENT
SPCS class placement is based primarily on the child’s BIRTH DATE. This placement allows children to interact with peers around his/her own age and developmental abilities. The curriculum has been chosen to meet the specific needs within each age level. Our goal is to help every child reach his or her potential in an environment which best suits his/her individual needs and to provide every child an opportunity to gain confidence and self worth prior to entry into Kindergarten.

 

Curriculuar Objectives:
1. All SPCS Preschool lessons are planned to be Christ-centered, hands-on and experiential, and developmentally appropriate for each age group.
2. Biblical curriculum founded on the Children's Catechism/Westminster Shorter Catechism.
3. Academic curriculum meets Indiana's Early Learning Foundations and ISTAR-KR standards.

 

Twos   (Children must be 3 by February 1 of the school year for which the child is registered.)

Our goal is to create an inviting, encouraging, and positive outlook on “school” for our youngest students. During their day at school they are cherished, nurtured, motivated, and encouraged. Constantly in motion, two year olds are determined to learn on their own. SPCS provides a rich learning environment that helps them expand their vocabularies, find appropriate ways to express their creativity, and safely discover the world around them. They enjoy games, songs, dramatic play, manipulatives, and creative art projects which are centered on a weekly theme. Skills and concepts covered are nursery rhymes, holidays and seasons, creative expression, colors, counting, songs and finger plays, small/large muscle development, and vocabulary.

Threes, Fours, and PreK students will explore colors, shapes, numbers, ABC's, and science all at their own rate and level of understanding. Zoo-phonics is our phonics curriculum.  (zoo-phonics.com) All of these students benefit from special weekly classes such as Library, Music, and Gym.

 

Threes

Three year olds come to school for a 2-day or a 3-day program depending on their age. Students learn basic concepts and their activities focus on playing and cooperating within a group. Many stimulating and exciting opportunities await students as they explore their school world. Three major goals are to help children understand how to follow directions, take turns and share with classmates. The classroom is divided into various learning centers where children make choices, problem-solve and develop motor skills.

Fours

Our 4-year-old program is a 3-day program. The student is placed either into an older 4’s or younger 4’s class based on his/her birthdate. This placement allows children to interact with peers in their specific age group. Likewise, it offers the teaching staff an opportunity to plan curriculum which is specifically suited for a particular age and interest level. After one full year in the Fours program, most students proceed to Kindergarten. Occasionally, upon the teacher’s recommendation, a child may proceed to Pre-K in order to offer him/her additional time to prepare for a successful Kindergarten experience.

The curriculum is designed to develop a child’s self-esteem, a sense of competence, and a positive feeling toward learning. All areas of growth including spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical are developed. Younger children learn through hands-on activities and active involvement with learning centers which reflect their age-level interests. Both child-directed and teacher-directed activities are planned to enhance learning. Daily activities are provided to successfully practice and strengthen the necessary small muscles for future paper/ pencil tasks in Kindergarten. Letter recognition and phonetic sounds are introduced.  Interest in counting, sequencing, estimation, and numerical recognition is encouraged. 

Pre-K

Our Pre-K program is created for a very specific age group. Children who qualify are either not eligible for Kindergarten due to birthdates or because more time is needed to develop their academic, emotional, and social skills to ensure a successful Kindergarten experience. The Pre-K students benefit from a readiness program four half-days per week or five full days per week. Many Pre-K students have attended a preschool program and continue to build on and refine the skills they have previously learned. After one school year in Pre-K, the students proceed to Kindergarten.

The students engage in learning center activities that require advance small motor skills such as cutting, drawing, tracing, and coloring. Reinforced skills include holding the pencil correctly and printing names correctly, eye-hand coordination, listening skills and following directions. Limited teacher direction is given thus encouraging self-help, emotional maturation and independent thinking. Letter recognition and phonetic sounds are also introduced. A “Weekly Reader” is enjoyed every week. Pre-K students also continue to spend time on socialization and dramatic play during their class time.