The curriculum for young children comes from real life experiences carefully woven together by the teacher as facilitator. Free play time, as well as teacher-led group activities, will take place daily. Multi-sensory activities are planned to encourage learning in music, art, social studies, science, math, reading, Bible stories, large and small motor skills. Planned activities take into account the individual needs and interests of each child in the group, regardless of age.
To help children…
- know and trust Jesus as their Savior and friend
- apply God’s truth’s to everyday living through the daily use of prayer and worship
- accept others, even though they may be different than self
- develop a positive self-concept and be free to make mistakes
- show independence and self-responsibility
- understand their feelings and channel them into appropriate outlets
- learn through play, whether in groups or individually
- learn through a variety of media that foster creative expression in music, dramatic play, art and movement
- become aware of and have an interest in the world around them and appreciate it as God’s creation
- observe a few simple health, safety and classroom management rules
- develop reading, writing and math readiness skills
- communicate more effectively and grow in vocabulary
- develop problem-solving skills
Our typical day starts with the students checking in at the door and choosing an activity in the classroom which might include the block area, dramatic play, math manipulatives, puzzles, books or discovering what is in the sensory table. The children then move onto Word of God, music, morning meeting, large motor play, snack, math, literacy, art, or science stations and finish their day with a story read by the teacher.
We are fortunate to have a full size gym at Heritage. The students enjoy playing with trikes, scooters, balls, jump ropes and more. The children love to play group games such as ‘What Time is it Mr. Fox’ or ‘Ships Across the Ocean.’ We also have a playground that includes a variety of large motor activities that support the growth of large muscles such as monkey bars, swings, slide, spinner & teeter totter. On Fridays, Pastor Anderson leads the students in a devotion followed by singing songs with the piano. Once a week, students get to go to the school library where they are read a story and are able to check out a book or literacy box.
There are various opportunities both inside and outside of school time that the children and their families are able to participate in. Some of these include student led Christmas and Closing Services, singing in church, Family Math & Science Night and the annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving play. We have had different “in-house” field trips including Dan the Snake Man, Bruce the Bug Guy and Woodlake Nature Center. Our week-long summer camps featuring a math theme, a science theme and an art theme have also been very popular among the children.
The extended day program is for children whose parents work or for those that need extra social time. Following lunch, students work on literacy, math, music & science extensions. A short quiet time is included in this extended day program as well.
The kindergarten morning schedule includes: Morning Message, Word of God, Morning Meeting, Literacy, Recess, Snack, Math and Stations, Story, Prayer and dismissal to home or Lunch Bunch. The Kindergarten afternoon schedule includes: devotion, teacher-directed learning extensions (math, literacy, test-taking, social studies/science, art, music, technology), recess, snack, dismiss to bus or to Heritage Extended Day.
The morning and afternoon schedules include the following activities (introduced, reinforced and extended as needed) during the school year: individualized morning message time for assessing, introducing, and reinforcing skills; Word of God time with singing, prayer, and memory work; calendar (including counting, patterning, number relationships) and morning meeting (including student “burning news,” Show and Tell, and Pledge of Allegiance; Literacy activities including rhyming, comprehension checks, phonetic letter and sound relationships, sight words, reading predictable books to teacher/self/buddy, writing through journaling/writing binder/formal writing (punctuation, capital letters and word spacing); Recess outside and in the gym (including teacher-directed large motor activities); Math with teacher and in groups at our “stations” time; Story time; Art and technology. A copy of Kindergarten curriculum standards is available upon request.
There are various opportunities both inside and outside of school time that the children and their families are able to participate in. Some of these include student led Christmas and Closing Services, singing in church, Family Math & Science Night and the annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving play. We have had different “in-house” field trips including Dan the Snake Man, Bruce the Bug Guy and Woodlake Nature Center. Our week-long summer camps featuring a math theme, a science theme and an art theme have also been very popular among the children. The kindergarten class also goes on several field trips during the school year and has a Christmas Pancake Party at the teacher’s home.