Preschool Program Goals & Objectives

“Seeking to glorify God through Christ centered teaching, academic excellence, and Christian service all in a distinctly loving and nurturing environment.”

It is our goal to provide many concrete experiences that will help your child develop the foundational skills that lead to success in the later years. We do this while focusing on Christian values and biblical principles that will transform children into learners, leaders, and lovers of Christ.

It is important to us that your child has a quality learning experience while developing a positive relationship with God, friends and their teachers so they will have a love for school in the years to come. As such, we strive to meet and exceed the following Program Objectives:

Spiritual Objectives

  • To lay the foundation for Christ-centered living.
  • To encourage the development of virtuous character in children.

We meet this objective by providing loving and nurturing teachers who model biblical principles, attitudes and virtues. They bring a joy for learning about Jesus to their classrooms by teaching stories from the Bible, singing worship songs and praying with their students.

Cognitive Objectives

  • To provide children with concrete materials and experiences in the classroom that help develop beginning literacy, language, math, science, and art skills.
  • To encourage children to speak and express themselves clearly.

We meet these objectives by reading quality literature that is developmentally appropriate and that teaches children to recognize the written word, develop imagination, build vocabulary, and develop comprehension and a love for reading. Teachers will provide many activities to promote cognitive development including process art and the sensory table, where children can investigate through the senses and apply discoveries to their individual level of development. Teachers will also utilize concrete materials, such as manipulatives, blocks and natural materials, to build on curiosity, experimentation, calculation, problem-solving and reasoning skills, which all help build beginning math and scientific concepts.

Social/Emotional Objectives

  • To provide a joy–filled classroom that includes laughter, play and exploration and a stress–free and emotionally–safe environment for all children.
  • To teach standards of right and wrong, how to make good choices, and the importance of respecting others, including authority figures.
  • To teach children how to play well with other children and how to resolve conflicts.
  • To create an atmosphere in which a child may develop self–confidence and independence.

We will meet this objective by creating a classroom that has a home–like atmosphere and a nurturing environment. Teachers will provide activities such as dramatic play and group games to encourage children to build on imagination, cooperative play, listening, following directions, responsibilities and putting others first. They will give positive guidance when children are learning to solve problems with their peers and when discipline is needed.

Fine and Gross Motor Objectives

  • To provide children with various materials to develop and strengthen finger movement, grasp, hand preference and cutting and pre-writing skills.
  • To provide opportunities to increase function of large muscles, spatial awareness, bodily control and balance.

We will meet these objectives by offering a wide variety of opportunities to strengthen motor skills. Fine motor skills will be refined when children engage in activities such as playing with Play–Doh, lacing, beading, cutting, and writing. Gross motor skills will improve through playground games, sandbox play, jungle gym climbing, bike riding, music and movement which will improve their spatial awareness, balance, and throwing and other physical abilities.

Individual Classroom Objectives

In addition to these overall objectives, individual teachers will set their own objectives, according to the needs of their classrooms and the individual needs of their students.

Assessing Children’s Learning and Development

Parent communication along with teacher/child interaction and teacher observations of the child are tools that are used to asses children’s development. Our teachers observe progress in skills, examine children’s work, and document observations of milestones and/ or areas of concern. Teachers use these assessments to plan curriculum to meet the needs of their students on a group and individual basis and evaluate the effectiveness of their plan. They also use these to help identify developmental delays that need to be communicated to parents.

Areas of assessment are:

  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Fine and gross motor
  • Social and emotional
  • Spiritual

Teachers and parents communicate on a daily basis. Twice per school year they meet for scheduled parent/teacher conferences.

Assessments for children’s sensory development (i.e. speech, eye sight and hearing) and Kindergarten readiness testing are offered through Southern California Sensory Screening and Chancy Bruce once per school year for additional fees.