At Bethesda we strive for nothing less than the best for our students. We believe children learn best in a loving, developmentally appropriate, Christian learning environment. Our curriculum is selected and integrated based on the needs of preschoolers for structure, hands-on activities, free exploration and a balance of all three. We have compiled curriculum from several proven methods and created a super structure of learning in our classrooms. Special themes, detailed expectations and proper training enable our teachers to properly prepare their lesson plans and effectively integrate them into their daily structure.
All K1 and K2 classes implement an integrated curriculum. This curriculum is designed to introduce young children to a well-balanced, appropriate level of learning through monthly themes.
Our Preschool consists of all of our K3 through K5 classes. The curriculum outlined below is designed to assist the children in their cognitive, physical, and character development. Our educational units meet the needs of each child at the appropriate developmental stage. Additionally, classroom activities and experiences enhance self-esteem, foster self-help skills, encourage individual solving skills, and develop positive social relationships. Teachers are available for conferences upon request.
To share your child’s academic progress in preschool, we periodically “test” for skills your child has acquired. Feel confident in knowing that what your child learns in the classroom encompasses many more “life skills” that are not indicated on their progress reports, such as enhancing your child’s self-esteem, fostering self-help skills, encouraging individual problem solving skills, and developing positive social relationships.
Every week children that are in our 3’s, 4’s & 5’s will participate in a different extra curricular activity assigned to a specific day. Please refer to your child’s classroom schedule for specific times. The extra curricular classes included in our program are Spanish, Music, Sign Language and Social Studies. Students that are in our 4’s & 5’s classrooms will also be participating in Computer Lab.
The following is an overall view of the educational units taught in our Preschool program:
- Bible: The Word of God and Christian Development are implemented in all facets of learning through twelve monthly themes. Children are taught Christian character development through the introduction of the Fruits of the Spirit. Each monthly theme, developed through dramatic play, puppets, stories, and songs. Additionally, our staff minister Jesus to the children by exhibiting an example of Christ-like character, introducing the children to Jesus, teaching the children about the Bible, and through praise and worship. Parents are invited to attend our Wednesday morning chapel, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at “Kid’s Church.”
- Language/Phonics: Alpha Time curriculum introduces children to Letter People. Children learn to recognize the alphabet and are introduced to letter sounds as they meet twenty-six Letter People. Some examples are: “Mr. M with a munching mouth, Mr. T with tall teeth,” and “Miss U with her unusual umbrella.” In addition, the children will participate in basic pre-reading and general readiness games and activities. We will also be utilizing Saxon Phonics in our 4’s & 5’s classrooms to help better prepare them for phonics in kindergarten. The language units equip children with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for reading and writing.
- Handwriting: To help prepare for kindergarten, we will also be using Handwriting Without Tears curriculum for our 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s classrooms. This is a hands-on curriculum that teaches children about spatial awareness and the shapes of letters and gives them many opportunities to obtain proper handwriting techniques at a very young age.
- Vocabulary: Vocabulary enhancing curriculum, “Word Time” will be used in the classrooms to enhance the vocabulary and understanding of words used in the world everyday. We will also be introducing two high frequency sight words each week throughout the school year.
- Math: “Hands on Math” and “Math Their Way” curriculum involves activities designed to help children recognize basic quantitative concepts and discover problem solving. Math units prepare and introduce children to beginning numerical skills.
- Science: Science units are designed to arouse curiosity that many children naturally have about “why, what, when, where and how” the world works. Children investigate concepts introduced each month such as: weather, plants, growing bodies and insects.
- Social: Social units are designed to help children see themselves as a part of a class or group with responsibilities. The activities in this unit are created to foster an awareness of each person’s part in society.