Covenant Community Preschool offers preschool education from Christian perspective within a safe environment.
Curriculum at Covenant Community Preschool is based largely on the activities of daily living. When we talk of our curriculum, we are referring to the classroom environment, people, and routines as well as specific activities that relevant to the young children we serve.
Curriculum at Covenant Community Preschool incorporates The Creative Curriculum philosophy of education. The Creative Curriculum developmental approach to education emphasizes the importance of a large variety of open-ended materials in the classroom and is recognized nationally as appropriate for children age birth through kindergarten.
CCP Curriculum Overview
Children are never too young to begin faith develpoment even though it is an abstract concept (meaning a concept they cannot see). Kindness and sharing are also abstract concepts that children can't "see," but they learn about them by seeing others act in a kind ways, or by sharing toys. Similarly, children can learn about faith by praying with their teachers and connecting good deeds to biblical truths.
Our curriculum focuses on making connections between home and school, and it includes the experience of separation from home and family. Children learn to build trusting relationships with others and how to be a part of a group. They also begin to understand how they are different from, and similar to, others.
Literacy & Language
Literacy and language development builds on the social and cognitive skills of speaking and listening that young children have already acquired. Children are encouraged to express themselves, their ideas, feelings and experiences, as well as to engage in dialogue and discussions.
Our literacy & language development curriculum revolves around the following goals:
and expression about self, others, and the physical world
- Appreciation of the points of view of others
- Sense of story
- Phonemic awareness
- Making a connection between the spoken and written word
- Love of books, the language of books, and of authors
A variety of age-appropriate techniques and activities are used to accomplish these goals, including, but not limited to: recording stories children dictate, creative dramatics, making group and individual books, reading and discussion of the daily charts, writing signs and writing simple stories using invented spelling.
Mathematics is a core part of the curriculum. Concrete and active experiences in math provide a solid foundation from which children can build an understanding of abstract mathematical ideas. Preschoolers work with different kinds of mathematical materials, including unit blocks, pegs, pegboards, pattern blocks, unifix cubes, and dice.
Teachers plan daily activities that support children developing important basic mathematical concepts:
correspondence and counting
relations, ordering, and sequencing
- Sorting and
understandings about space, volume and shape
- Measurement of
size, weight, time and temperature
representations of data
The science curriculum is designed so that children can make sense of the world around them. Topics or themes are chosen by observing children; in this way, children can see the relevance of science to their own lives. As with the other curriculum domains, science is integrated into everything children do during their school day. Teachers encourage children to develop an attitude of respect for nature and their surrounding environment. Children record, order, categorize, generalize, discuss and make predictions based on their observations of the natural environment and natural materials.
Physical Health & Development
All children need opportunities to move and use their bodies. Young children do so constantly as they experiment with what their bodies can do and where their bodies will fit. Just as children like to manipulate toys, they enjoy putting their bodies in, on, under, over, through, behind and around.
Children have the opportunity to explore sounds and rhythms with variety musical instruments. They sing songs from many different kinds and explore different languages, count beats and language play. Through the careful planning of our music instructor the children also prepare and participate in a children’s worship service at Christmas.
Art activities are geared to individual children's needs and skills. Few restrictions are placed on the children's explorations with art materials; they are free to experiment in order to increase their understanding of the medium. Repeated exposure to basic materials of paint, and play dough lead the children to the ability to use different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation.