The Pre-K curriculum is research-based, and reflects the best practices for the youngest learner. Coupled with a well-qualified team of early educators, students are able to gain confidence, skills and the desire to become lifelong learners. Our goal is to see the whole child and offer systematic support in all areas of development. Students begin their educational journey with a strong foundation at Southwest Christian.
Bible is taught using activities, songs, stories, puppets and props. Daily class prayers also make up a vital part of the spiritual emphasis. Teachers take advantage of teachable moments to reinforce Christian values whenever possible. Pre-K students begin doing small service projects to reach out to others during the year.
Language and Early Literacy
Language skills are developed through print-rich environments and interaction with responsive adults and peers. Listening comprehension is reinforced through finger plays, songs and stories. Print awareness and letter knowledge is encouraged through interaction with age-appropriate materials and activities. Phonological awareness is encouraged by identification of beginning sounds and rhyming words. Written expression is encouraged through access to a variety of writing materials and opportunities to create child-dictated messages. Early literacy is encouraged through exposure to quality literature and is integrated into weekly themes and alphabet focus.
Mathematical concepts are introduced through the use of concrete objects. Math is integrated throughout the environment. Children are given opportunities to use manipulatives in teacher-directed play and independent activities to explore patterns, order, size, relationships, shape, classification, and measurement. Students develop a solid base for building mathematical skills.
Children participate in simple investigations through scientific play. Students are encouraged to ask questions, gather information, communicate their findings and make informed decisions. Incorporated into our program is the Outdoor Learning area with gardens and greenhouse.
The use of dramatic play props and selected literature form the backbone of social studies. Social studies is fully integrated into all aspects of our students' day. Field Trips and special visitors provide real life connections.
Exposure to a wide variety of art materials encourages the creative process. Children have ample opportunity to explore these materials; discover color, shape, and texture, and gain hand-eye coordination and fine-motor control. Art is completely integrated into our program. Art expression could be theme driven, based on literature or the free use of self-selected materials.
Students have opportunities to express themselves through singing and the playing of simple rhythm instruments. Students attend a music class once a week with the elementary music instructor where they learn to experiment with musical concepts, volume, tempo, sound, and different types of music.
Students begin to share, cooperate and take turns with their peers and this begins the social awareness that permeates the curriculum. The classroom teacher serves as a role model for positive social behavior. Social/emotional development includes: taking responsibility, following class rules, caring for materials, respecting others and resolving conflicts.
Students participate weekly in the Ready Bodies Learning Minds program. The program’s goal is to help students develop skills for learning readiness, and mastery of the environment. Additionally outdoor play serves as an emphasis for encouraging gross motor skills. Music and movement activities enhance large muscle development as well as movement and sensory activities geared to get students ready for the physical demands of their future classrooms.
The emphasis of Spanish at this level is on gaining listening comprehension and auditory awareness of the language, along with the familiarization of basic concepts. Songs, books, and puppets are also incorporated to ensure age-appropriateness.
Each classroom is equipped with Ipads fully loaded with age-appropriate apps for student use as well as SMART boards and document cameras.
Students have an opportunity to visit the elementary library once a week and participate in a special story time led by the elementary librarian. Classroom teachers also obtain books from the library to enhance their classroom reading areas.