Parents Handbook
Curriculum

We design our curriculum to meet the needs and interest of your child in five areas of development: Spiritual, Cognitive, Emotional, Physical and Social. Your child will be participating in activities that will encourage growth in those areas.

Spiritual Development

To appreciate God’s love and care
To know that God hears and answers prayers
To know that Jesus is God’s Son
To know ways that Jesus is his or her best friend
To think of the Bible as a special book, which tells about God and tells us ways God wants us to live
To hear Bible stories and Bible thoughts
To think of the church as a happy lace where he or she learns about God and Jesus
To develop attitudes of kindness, compassion, courtesy and helpfulness to others
To feel good about himself and herself


Creative Arts

To draw and paint with different kinds of materials
To model with playdough
To cut and glue
To build with blocks
To grow in his or her creative ability as he or she experiments with various art media


Math Concepts

To count
To use number symbols at work and play
To learn to identify different shapes and sizes
To learn to recognize one-to-one correspondence
To learn to sort objects by shape, size, color and number
To gain independence in solving many problems for himself or herself


Language Arts

To listen to stories, relate story in sequence, share in show and tell speak in complete sentences
To participate in dramatic play
To talk with others about books, pictures and objects
To find likenesses and differences in objects and pictures
To listen to rhymes and poems
To listen to initial consonant sounds
To understand relationships in works such as top and bottom, etc.
To listen to and follow simple directions


Health and Safety

To learn good health habits
To know and follow simple rules of safety
To assume responsibility for his or her own health practices
To increase is or her own appetite for a variety of new foods


Music

To sing songs informally
To play singing games
To respond to music rhythmically
To use rhythm instruments
To enjoy music through listening to cd’s, moving, singing and playing instruments


Special Concepts

To care for plants
To learn to observe closely and listen carefully
To arouse his or her interest in the world around them
To learn to collect and sort various items from his or her environment
To have first hand experiences through field trips
To create curiosity and appreciation for the wonder and beauty of the world around them


Movement

To use play equipment correctly
To play activity games, develop large and small muscles, eye-hand coordination
To learn to relax and rest
To accept group rules and limitations
To respect personal and property rights of others
To grow in ability to work and play with children of his or her own age


Social Studies

To learn about his or her own home, family, neighborhood and community
To develop social skills
To develop an understanding of the basic needs of man


VPK

In addition to the previous curriculum, our VPK staff will implement the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Standards. These are skills our 4 year old children should know and be able to do by the end of the school year.

Standards are as follows:


Physical Health

a. Physical Health
b. Knowledge of Wellness


Approaches to Learning

a. Eagerness and Curiosity
b. Persistence
c. Creativity and Inventiveness
d. Planning and Reflection


Social and Emotional Development

a. Self Concept
b. Self Control
c. Relationships with Adults
d. Relationships with Peers
e. Social Problem Solving


Language and Communication

a. Listening
b. Speaking
c. Vocabulary
d. Sentences and Structure
e. Conversation


Emergent Literacy

a. Emergent Reading
b. Emergent Writing


Mathematical and Scientific Thinking

a. Number Sense
b. Number and Operations
c. Patterns and Seriation
d. Geometry
e. Spatial Relations
f. Measurement
g. Scientific Thinking


Social Studies and The Arts

a. People, Past and Present
b. Human Independence
c. Citizenship and Government
d. People and Where They Live
e. Expression and Representation
f. Understanding and Appreciation


Motor Development

a. Gross Motor Development
b. Fine Motor Development

*A guide explaining the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Standards in more detail; is available for you to look at in the preschool office.