We use The Creative Curriculum for Preschool. It's a curriculum that addresses the needs of the whole child. Children learn best by doing. We have purposely designed sufficient time for them to work in their area of interest. We try to make all learning relevant to their lives. For an in-depth look at The Creative Curriculum go to TeachingStrategies.com.
2. How do you teach math?
All math work has a relevant context. How many children are here? We need three more blocks to finish our project. Let's measure one cup of flour to make play dough. Math is used to put puzzles together, build a block tower, set the table and even in selecting numbers on the microwave to heat food for lunch.
3. Will my child learn to read?
Some children are indeed ready to read words in preschool. Reading to children is one of the best pre-reading activities. Stories also build memory. Children are read to individually and at group reading time. We learn to read some of the words to our songs and Bible stories. We encourage children to borrow books to take home from our lending library. Print is used throughout our classroom to label items. Teachers always model "reading for a reason."
4. How do you handle discipline?
Children are taught love and kindness from God's Word. If a problem arises between children they are helped to "use their words." Negotiation is a skill that is practiced routinely. The children are taught to forgive each other just as Jesus has forgiven us. A child who misbehaves may have to sit out for a time for his own safety or the safety of others. Good behavior is a requirement for a successful learning environment.
5. What about staff turn-over?
All of the educators are dedicated to providing the consistency young children need to thrive in a learning environment.
6. Do you teach the alphabet?
Children work with letters in a variety of ways. They learn to read their name and then the names of their friends. We use alphabet puzzles, stamps, songs, magnetic letters and letter mats to sit on.
7. My child has trouble holding a pencil. What will you do for him?
Not all children are ready to write at the same time. Working with play dough is an excellent way to strengthen the hands. Coloring and cutting are pre-writing experiences that help children develop flexibility in their wrists in order to hold a pencil properly. We have many items throughout the learning centers that will help develop the fine motor skills necessary for writing. Paper and a variety of writing tools are ALWAYS available. They make signs in the block center and lists in dramatic play.
8. Do you do arts and crafts?
It's important to allow children to use their creativity in the art center. Therefore we offer more appropriate options. The children are encouraged to paint, cut, glue, etc. using their own God-given creativity. We set them up to be creative by providing a variety of materials.
9. Is music a part of your program?
Children and music naturally go together. We have lots of instruments including our real keyboard which the children can freely play. We sing songs every day, using music as a means to reinforce learning. We dance, we play musical games, we listen to music and we praise God in song.
10. Will my child be ready for Kindergarten?
All children develop at their own pace. At The Genesis Academy we follow the pre-requisites for Kindergarten in the Cy-Fair ISD and plan our activities to coordinate with those guidelines. We use the assessment tool recommended by The Creative Curriculum to monitor your child's progress. Many of our graduates have returned to tell us they were well-prepared. Our desire is to instill a life-long love of learning!
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