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Early Childhood Program

Some of the most critical learning on the Heritage campus takes place in the brightly-colored Preschool, Prep-K, and Kindergarten classrooms. It is there that our school's youngest students learn everything from the alphabet to social skills to foundational biblical truth.

2017-18 Program Options

Curriculum

Preschool

Developing skills that equip little ones to do school

Bible
Jesus Christ is our focal point in Bible class. He is presented as the Great Rescuer in Genesis and this theme continues throughout our Old Testament and New Testament stories and lessons. Bible memory verses, songs, and finger plays encourage little ones to put their faith and trust in Him.

Language Arts: Phonics
One week of the school year is dedicated to each letter of the alphabet and its sound. Stories, games, songs, and crafts introduce the letters to three-year olds. Our goal is introduction and exposure to letters and sounds.

Language Arts: Printing
Pencils, markers, and pens are available to our students in our Writing Center for free play. In class, each letter is “written” during the week using tactile materials like Play-Doh, cotton balls, sandpaper, marshmallows, etc. These activities strengthen small motor skills, preparing little fingers to hold a pencil.

Language Arts: Reading
Many books are read to the Preschoolers each day. They learn that “reading time is thinking time”. Our stories relate to the subjects we’re studying that week: Bible, language, math, science, and art. We read for enjoyment as well.

Mathematics
Preschool math involves counting calendar days and objects in a set. Numbers 1-10 are introduced. Students also learn to sort objects by color, shape, and size. They learn what a pattern is and practice making one of their own.

Science
Weather, seasons, hibernation, animal habitats, water, light, magnets, nutrition and many more subjects are studied in Preschool Science.

Social Studies
Families, emotions, friendship, cities, farms, and maps and globes are all part of our Preschool Social Studies curriculum.

Prep-K

Active Academics - We teach by doing, moving, singing, touching, crafting, and making messes

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Bible
Prep-K students learn that the Bible is the true word of God. Students learn about sin and the need for forgiveness through Jesus our Savior. Stories are presented that give an overview of Creation through Joshua, the time Jesus lived on earth, and Bible heroes. They learn to talk with Jesus through prayer, worship Him through song, memorize His word, and apply Biblical truths through their actions in and out of the classroom.

Chapel
Prep-K students come together to worship and praise Jesus. This is done through songs, finger plays, and chants. A short object lesson is presented stressing the application of Biblical truths. Topics such as friendship, love, orderliness, promises, peace, trust, truthfulness, self-control, sharing, sin, and doing our work well are discussed.

Language Arts: Phonics
Prep-K students learn to identify capital and lower case alphabet letters and produce the sounds they make. Games, crafts, stories, and riddles help them identify each letter as a beginning sound. Students learn that letters are put together to make words. Consonants and vowels are introduced as the two kinds of letters in the alphabet.

Language Arts: Printing
Prep-K students are given the opportunity to use pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, and paints to develop and strengthen the small muscles in their hands. Students are introduced to the correct way to hold writing instruments and scissors as well as printing posture at the tables. They practice coloring within the lines, cutting on straight and curved lines, forming numbers and letters and printing their name.

Language Arts: Reading
Prep-K students have many stories read to them in the classroom. They learn that reading is an important way to gather information to help them learn. Reading is also presented as a form of enjoyment through poems, nursery rhymes, and finger plays. Reading readiness skills are taught including positional words, rhyming, identifying likenesses and differences in pictures and letters, and sequencing pictures and thoughts.

Language Arts: Library
Prep-K students learn to appreciate literature by listening, observing, and answering questions as books are read to them. They are introduced to the parts of a book and the rolls of the author and illustrator in creating the story. Students are taught how to handle and care for books and are given the opportunity to choose and check-out library materials.

Mathematics
Prep-K students are given the opportunity to reason and problem-solve using a variety of manipulatives and games. They learn to recognize shapes and to extend simple patterns as well as make new ones of their own. Students learn to recognize and order the numbers 1-20. They are given practice in sorting, graphing, counting out objects, comparing sets, and measuring.

Science & Social Studies
Social Studies and Science lessons are integrated into the other areas of the curriculum. Students learn about an animal each week that goes along with letter recognition. Weather and the change of seasons are taught during calendar math time. Lessons on friends, family, pets, transportation, planting, harvesting, and holidays as well as important people and events in our country’s history are taught seasonally.

Art
Prep-K students learn to draw upon personal experiences as well as their imagination as a basis for their art. Students work with a variety of materials and art tools such as paints, paper, crayons, glue, and scissors as well as unconventional media in planned projects and free expression lessons. The process and experience is more important than the final product at this age.

Music
Prep-K students are introduced to music through singing, creative movement, instrument playing, and listening. Interactive music activities teach the students about beat, tempo, and dynamics. A variety of styles of music such as traditional, folk, and seasonal songs are used to enhance early learning and development.

Physical Education
Prep-K students are given the opportunity to exercise their bodies in individual, group, and relay activities incorporating walking, running, hopping, tiptoeing, jumping and dancing. Students learn to listen, follow directions and participate in activities that strengthen their large motor skills. These activities include the use of balls, hula hoops, jump ropes, parachutes, cones, bean bags, stuffed animals, scooters, mats, and ribbons on sticks.

Critical Thinking
Prep-K students are guided through lessons that help them develop critical thinking skills. Using games, group activities, listening stations, and hands-on materials students learn to problem solve, reason, strategize and express their thoughts verbally. They are taught to consider all the possibilities when playing games, comparing, classifying, sequencing, patterning, and planning.

Imagination
Young children are open and willing to see the world in so many ways. Students are given the opportunity to create something new and original in an encouraging environment using drama, puppetry, rhythm instruments, and creative writing.

Kindergarten

We Provide activities and an atmosphere where learning can take place and interest is stimulated

Bible
Kindergartners learn that the Bible is the word of God. They learn that the Bible teaches who God is: Creator, Savior and Lord. They learn to talk to God through prayer. They learn that the Bible tells the story of how God gave special promises to Abraham and his descendants. Kindergartners learn that the Bible tells the story of how God sent his Son, Jesus, to be born as one of Abraham’s descendants, and came to be the Savior for all people. Kindergartners learn that the Bible teaches that everyone has sinned and is separated from God, his plan for salvation is in Christ alone and that we bring honor to God when we walk in his ways.

Language Arts: Phonics
The first quarter of Kindergarten, students learn to recognize all the letters and sounds, beginning consonant sounds, vowels as the middle sound, C-V blends, and Phonics charts 1 and 2. In the second quarter of Kindergarten, students learn blend ladders, short vowel words (CVC), beginning and ending consonants, how to mark short vowels. In the third quarter of Kindergarten, students are introduced to long vowels, Phonics charts 6 and 7, and learn to circle phonics rules. In the fourth quarter of Kindergarten, students continue to learn more long vowel words, Phonics charts 8, 9 and 10, and continue to circle all phonics rules.

Language Arts: Printing
First, students learn how to make large circles and sticks in the air; they learn to trace and draw them on paper. The students are introduced to the correct printing position and how to properly hold a pencil. They are introduced to the alphabet letters, where they are positioned on the lines and how to correctly print the letters. They learn to correctly print their names, first and last, blends, short vowel words, color and number words, sight words, poems, Bible verses and short stories

Language Arts: Reading
Students learn reading readiness skills such as top/bottom, over/under, left/right, tracking from left to right, rhymes, similarities and differences which will help with reading success. Students learn to identify vowels, consonants and their sounds. Students learn to blend beginning consonants with vowels and to add the ending sounds to make short vowel words. Students are grouped into reading groups and begin reading through a variety of reading series, these books progress in difficulty. Students learn sight words and review them through the Kindergarten Drill Books and flash- cards, these books also help students to review short vowel words and long vowel words.

Language Arts: Library
Kindergarten students will listen to stories and talk about what Gods’ message might be in the book. They will learn about setting, character, plot and story telling patterns and identify them in stories that are read to them. The students will also learn about authors and their works, and learn the difference between picture and nonfiction books.

Mathematics
We begin with learning shapes, days of week, months of year, patterning, graphing and the concrete and pictorial stages of numbers 1-100. The students sort, classify and count objects. They learn the symbolic stages of numbers 1-100. They learn about place value up to the hundreds place, add and subtract numbers through the seven families, estimate, measure, problem solve, mental math exercises and story problems. They also learn about telling time to the hour and half hour and the value of the following coins: penny, nickel, dime and quarter. They learn before, between and after, bigger/smaller and greater than/less than.

Science
During our introduction to science, kindergarteners will explore such concepts as shapes and symbolic relationships, positional words and motion, alike and different, whole numbers as well as sorting and graphing, often with seasonal items such as apples and fall items. Farms and harvest as well as weather and graphs, changing seasons, and the five senses are also introduced. Kindergarteners will begin to classify living and non-living items, along with seasonally related concepts such as hibernation and winter animals including bears penguins and birds/bird feeders. Nutrition and food groups are introduced, and the basic organs of the human body are also explored.

Social Studies
We begin the school year with the basics of personal responsibility and good manners in various places at school such as classroom, bathroom, hall, recess, and lunchroom. We learn about school rules, community and community helpers. We learn the Pledge of Allegiance and some of the history and meaning of the American flag and symbols of our nation. Farms, Christopher Columbus, pilgrims, Native Americans, maps as well as the birth of Christ, Christmas and gingerbread houses are all explored in the fall and early winter. The New Year, winter fun, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, emphasizing Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Ground Hog’s Day are all introduced with accompanying lessons and crafts.

Art
Kindergarten students will begin to identify and draw differences in lines and shapes, and will identify colors as primary and secondary. They will recognize the different art media and use them to begin to appreciate God’s gift of the visual arts. The students will learn to communicate ideas that are personally important and talk about their own art and the art of others. They will learn to be good stewards by taking care of equipment and tools.

Music
Kindergarten students will have a variety of musical experiences focusing primarily on singing and moving. Students will learn to match pitches with others, move with a steady beat and will recognize and perform basic rhythm patterns. They will also grow in music appreciation by listening to and responding to selections of music in varied styles, and begin to understand how the Creator has given man the ability to make music to describe our world. The students will also sing and play simple folk songs and games of American and other cultures.

World Languages: Spanish
Kindergarten students will be introduced to Spanish through learning basic vocabulary, such as color, family, clothing and parts of the body. They will learn and speak basic greetings and commands as well as counting to twenty and geometric shapes. The students will also learn Bible verses, seasonal biblical character names and songs, and begin to use basic verbs.

Technology
Kindergarten students will learn how to sign into the school network and log off as well as an introduction to computer terms. They will learn to open and close programs and use KidPix to learn about computer drawing tools. They will begin to apply skills by learning to open, close, save, add text and print a document.

Physical Education
Kindergarten students will learn that God has specially created their body to move in many different ways. They will learn basic locomotor and non-locomotor movement and balance skills, as well as how to move, secure and strike an object. The students will learn to give their best effort and cooperate with others in games and class activities. They will also take part in the Faye Morris Little 500 race.

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