It is the educational philosophy of First Christian School that children be encouraged to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate experiences where all children can succeed in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. We believe that providing engaging, interactive, planned lessons and learning through play and self-guided exploration are not mutually exclusive concepts. We also know that teacher demonstration and explanation provides high quality play and increased learning inspired by the teacher’s guidance. We believe children learn best through meaningful play, which encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving, enabling individual growth and development of a positive self-image. Our play-based, child centered program reflects the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help and aesthetic areas for the total development of the child.
The goal of the staff is to build an adequate foundation for the child's academic-based school years. The program we pursue is geared toward helping children develop habits of observation, questioning and listening. We want to ease the transition from home to school - helping them to learn how to get along with other children and adults, to develop skills through active games and spurring emotional growth through group activities. We want you, as a parent, to look into our busy, happy, noisy, creative classrooms and see your child at work and play. We want you to realize the validity of that play and the importance of what is being learned. The primary bridge between home and school is the involvement of family and community. We recognize that parents are the child's first teachers, and that children learn best when parents are involved in their educational program allowing them to develop to their fullest potential.
At First Christian School, your child will explore several thematic units that will introduce him/her to the following educational concepts:
- PRIMARY COLORS
- BASIC SHAPES
- ALPHABET SYMBOLS
- ALPHABET SOUNDS
- PRE-WRITING SKILLS
- PRE-MATH SKILLS
- PRE-READING SKILLS
- INDEPENDENT THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING
Throughout the year, your child will participate in the following:
- Vacation Bible School
- Holiday activities & events
- Gross motor & music activities
- Educational & recreational off/on-campus field trips
- Various enrichments
Our curriculum offers thought-provoking developmentally-appropriate activities based on thematic units and D.A.P. (Developmentally Appropriate Practices). These units focus on children’s interests and open pathways to learning more about the world and surrounding community. Some of our themes include Seasons, Holidays, Cultures, Animals and Families.
Our dynamic curriculum provides openings for reflective learning, free-play and “choice time” with a degree of structure and routine built into the day. FCS’s teachers allow time for sensory exploration through sand and water play, open-ended art activities, dramatic play and creative expression, and construction and basic engineering. FCS’s teacher-guided lesson plans and developmentally based curriculum focuses on the social-emotional, physical and intellectual growth of the whole child to foster individual success.