CURRICULUM

Building a foundation…

We are building a foundation for your child in the Busy Bees class. We want their first school experience to be a happy one. We focus on obeying and respecting authority, sitting in a chair, walking in a line, performing daily jobs, sharing, waiting our turn, being kind to others, building an attention span and much more.

Adventures in learning…

We concentrate on learning our colors, basic shapes and counting to 10. We will also work on strengthening our fine motor skills by stringing beads, playing with play dough and learning to cut with scissors. Gross motor development will be strengthened by hopping, jumping and running on the playground. We will also work on hand-eye coordination, coloring, listening skills, number recognition, pairs and opposites.

Hiding God’s Word and His Truths in our hearts…

By the end of the school year, your child will have 9 Bible verses tucked away in his little heart. We will go over our verse each day during our circle time and practice standing in front of the class and reciting the verse. Each month we will focus on a Bible story and bring it to life through songs, crafts and acting out the story. Along with a Bible story and verse each month, our children will also learn 11 Biblical Truths Questions. For example our first truth is, Q. Who made you? A. God.

Building a foundation…

Our curriculum is designed to encourage, enrich and engage our students. Each year at Redeemer Day School builds on the year before. We are still cementing those foundational skills practiced in our Busy Bees class such as obeying and respecting authority, performing daily jobs, sharing, waiting our turn, and being kind to others. Children learn to begin a task and follow it through to completion. Students are challenged to listen to and follow multi-step directions and to learn that directions given to the group apply to them as individuals. These skills must be in practice in order for real learning to occur.

Adventures in learning…

Children in our Butterfly class actively participate in developing their phonemic awareness while also learning to recognize the letters of the alphabet and associate letters with sounds. Fine motor skills are taught and practiced through weekly crafts and our end of the year drawing project. Students are taught to count to 30 and backwards from 10. We practice rote counting and counting objects as well as continuing and creating simple patterns. We practice numeral recognition, counting, and patterning during calendar time as the children are also learning the days of the week, months of the year, and about the four seasons. We endeavor to instill a love of our country through our social studies program and daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. We have a rich science curriculum that instills an awareness of God’s hand in our world, His creation! Children are reminded as we practice all these various disciplines that the Lord is the author of all truth as we continually point them to Him.

Hiding God’s Word and His Truths in our hearts…

Through the daily presentation of God’s word, Bible Truth questions, Scripture memorization, and prayer, we humbly lead our children to see their need for God’s grace. We lead the children through the entire Jesus Storybook Bible over the school year, and endeavor to show them God’s plan for salvation in place from the very beginning. Students learn two new Bible verses each month, review the Bible Truth questions learned in the Busy Bees class and continue on to learn new Bible Truths. We also model and teach them how to pray using the acronym, ACTS: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.

Building a foundation…

Our objective in pre-kindergarten is to continue to build on the solid foundation established in the previous year(s) of preschool. We will continue to train these little people to focus, to listen to and obey instructions, and to be able to follow 2-3 directions in sequence. We encourage students to complete an assignment in a reasonable time period and to work hard and take pride in a job well done. We teach classroom manners such as raising one’s hand before speaking. We train children to look others in the eye and to speak in complete sentences.

Adventures in learning…

In teaching phonics, our goal is that each student will know the sounds of all consonant letters and short vowel sounds. We teach them to recognize beginning and ending sounds in words and to begin to blend sounds. We introduce CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words.

In Math, students are learning to count beyond 30 and to count backwards from 15. They are learning to recognize and know the value of numerals 1- 20 in and out of sequence. Students will be taught to write numerals 1 – 20. We will also continue to reinforce concepts such as comparison, position, patterning, and one to one matching.

We fine tune our fine motor skills as we continue to practice holding a pencil and scissors correctly, coloring inside the lines using realistic colors, drawing, cutting on a line, and following mazes.  Students also begin our handwriting program and learn to copy from the board.

Hiding God’s Word and His Truths in our hearts…

Spiritually, we pray that our students will know that God’s Word is Truth and without error. We teach that God is Three in One: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Children will learn about the attributes of God and about Jesus’ birth, sinless life, death, resurrection, ascension and return. They will continue to hide God’s word in their heart as they memorize Scripture.

Building a foundation…

Our objective in the kindergarten year is for children to develop into more mature and independent learners by the practicing and performance of many tasks. At the beginning of the year, we review the fundamental building blocks to success in school, such as listening to and following directions and respectfully responding to adults and classmates with good manners. The bar of expectations is raised each year at Redeemer Day School, so kindergarten children will be expected to more readily demonstrate an ability to consistently make their best effort and complete their tasks within a time frame. Our goals include encouraging children to accept age appropriate responsibilities and ultimately develop good habits. For example, kindergarten children are instructed in how to take care of their school tools and belongings. We want them to become good managers and stewards of what they have.

Adventures in learning…

Children participate in teacher-directed activities that make academic learning a natural part of their day-to-day experience in kindergarten.

Our phonics based reading program resumes where the pre-kindergarten program ends. Beginning with blending sounds and decoding consonant- vowel-consonant words, the curriculum quickly moves to recognizing consonant blends and reading two vowel words. Reading for comprehension and building vocabulary is integrated into the program as are learning punctuation and how to read sentences with expression.

Our math program includes many fun-filled activities and the use of manipulatives, such as Unifix cubes, clocks, pattern blocks, money, and thermometers. Beginning with rote counting by ones, the children also learn to count by twos, fives, and tens up to 100. Learning to write numerals is practiced in the fall. Building patterns, graphing, and estimating are skills practiced throughout the year. Instruction includes 1) learning to tell time on a clock, 2) learning coin values so that purchases can be made in our class store, and 3) learning the mechanics of addition and subtraction. The mastery of addition facts to 12 is an end of the year goal.

Our handwriting program displays the most visible development during the year. It capitalizes on the readiness skills of following directions that we teach as well as the drawing and fine motor skills that are practiced. We teach the correct formation of each lower case letter and upper case letter.  At the end of the year, children are copying sentences from the board and taking spelling tests.

Our Science units recognize the magnificent work of God in creating and sustaining the universe. Our science activities include: observing caterpillars changing to butterflies, the seasonal changes that affect animals and plants, and that heat changes the properties of solids.

Our Social Studies units focus on how God has moved throughout history, particularly in the colonization and founding of our country. In the fall, we learn about the first Thanksgiving feast. In February, we learn about famous presidents (George Washington and Abraham Lincoln).

Hiding God’s Word and His Truths in our hearts…

Our Bible curriculum begins with teaching the children the character and work of God as taught in the Bible. Children learn that the Bible is God’s message to us. We teach that God’s Word is Truth and without error. We teach that God is three persons in one: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Children learn about the attributes of God and Jesus’ birth, sinless life, death, resurrection, ascension, and return. Throughout the year, the children memorize Bible verses so that God’s Word is hidden in their hearts. Believing that the most important knowledge to be imparted is the knowledge of God and His plan of salvation, the character and work of God are taught throughout the whole curriculum.

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