At Grace Covenant Preschool our curriculum is designed for active involvement by children in the learning process, recognizing that young children learn through play, active manipulation of the environment, concrete experiences, and communicating with peers and adults. The curriculum provides a variety of activities and materials to encourage behaviors appropriate to each child’s age, stage of development, and individual need.
Our One Year Old Class
In our one year old classroom we focus on four foundational areas necessary for supporting toddler development: relationships, movement, language and senses / perceptions. We include tons of movement so that your child can spend a great deal of his/her time trying out his/her new gross motor skills each day. All these movements will give your child the balance and coordination necessary to become a confident and independent toddler. Our activities and crafts center around a theme and color which is introduced monthly.
Our Two Year Old Class
In our two year old classroom we promote developmental growth of communication, and the formation of vocabulary by: reading on a daily basis, utilizing circle time and small group time to practice speech development activities, and different “one and two step” routine directions each day. We start activities that promote sharing and peer relationships, which help our toddlers to develop the ability to socialize with friends. Teachers will continue teaching your child basic concepts, such as body parts, shapes and colors, love, feelings, nursery rhymes, people, nature, animals and things that go, among other basic concepts that are encountered in a two year olds developmental process.
Our Three Year Old Class
In our PreK-3 program, teachers engage children in daily whole-group and intentional small-group lessons, as well as learn by playing in learning centers, based on the theme, color, and shape of the month. We also use the Letterland Curriculum and introduce a different letter each week. During whole-group instruction, concepts are presented or reinforced to ensure and/or extend learning for all children. Shared experiences, like read-aloud and music and movement, also occur during whole-group time to create a community of learners. Whole-group instructional concepts are extended through guided practice at the small-group teaching table.
Our Four Year Old Class
In our PreK-4 program, we are preparing our children for kindergarten. We accomplish this by implementing the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning in the classroom. There are four fundemental areas of focus: Emotional and Social Development, Health and Physical Development, Language Development, and Cognitive Development. Teachers utilize the Letterland Curriculum and use a whole language approach to learning. The PreK-4 class has a monthly theme and Bible verse, as well as a letter of the week. Concepts are presented in whole-group instruction and reinforced in small-group lessons.