Education is the most powerful weapon we can give our kids to change the world!
Here at Josiah's Christian Academy, we believe that parents and teachers working together can foster a love for learning in a faith-centered environment. The environment is carefully planned based on assessment of the children’s skills. Planning is most obvious by the presence of “interest centers” in every classroom. These centers include art, dramatic play, manipulative or small motor skills, gross motor play or blocks, science, reading and listening. Teachers make available a wide variety of activities called “play stations” in each “interest center.” Children are encouraged to explore all of them. Teachers provide an external structure for the day, offer teacher-directed activities, and provide the children time to work in the centers. The following is a brief description of the educational programs offered at JCA:
Infant/Toddler Preschool Class
Caring for infants requires individualized routines and schedules based upon the needs of each child. Typically, the younger the child, the more flexible the schedule must be. Care givers must also be responsive to the child's biological rhythms and interest. Our infant area provides the highest quality care in an environment that is designed with the parent and child in mind. While in our care, the children are stimulated through music, exercise, outdoor blanket time, facial and verbal mimicking as well as lots of hugs and tickles.
As for our toddlers crawling, walking and eventually running are levels they accomplish in what seems like a blink of an eye. Children learn best if they are in a stimulating environment. Music, stories, outdoor play, and learning simplicities envelop much of the day. Our caregivers are dedicated in helping each child develop these skills through a trusting and loving relationship. A parental daily report is given to update each family on meal times, nap times, toilet training and all activities accomplished each day.
Oral language development; readiness for books, discrimination of sounds; repeating a pattern; discrimination of letters; ability to recognize printed names; building a sight vocabulary; ability to recognize rhyming words; ability to retell stories and past experiences; and most importantly, the discovery that reading can be a great source of pleasure.
Handwriting readiness develops at different rates for every child. It depends on the child's small muscle development, eye-hand coordination, ability to hold writing tools, as well as their ability to recognize letters, shapes, and numbers. Some kids may be ready to write at age 4 others may not be ready until age 6. It is important that they first master writing readiness skills before handwriting is started. Kids who are taught handwriting before they are ready may become discouraged and develop bad writing habits that are difficult to correct. There are lots of fun activities that can be done to help develop handwriting readiness skills.
Concepts of big and small, few and many, more than and less than; basic numbers 1-10 and 1-100; telephone numbers;addresses; simple calculators and computers; geometric shapes; and measuring. A variety of learning activities are provided to make learning more fun.
Primary and secondary colors; cutting, pasting and gluing; painting with different kinds of media and textures; weaving; paper mache; mobiles; holiday projects; seasonal themes and personal creations. Not only is art enjoyable, it also promotes visual motor coordination.
Lessons consist of a variety of simple experiments and experiences. It involves investigating, listening and manipulating. It also means asking questions. The children will be introduced to pets, plants, planets, the change of seasons, the five senses, night and day, and much more. The opportunities are endless.
For those parents seeking after-school care for children ages 5-12 years, JCA offers a safe, secure and stimulating environment. Activities such as creative art, science and discovery, dramatic play and constructive building are designed to compliment daily school activities and, at the same time, promote further learning and development. Children may also receive assistance with school assignments. Most importantly, the child is given the opportunity to choose from a variety of individual or group activities. If your child's school is closed due to teacher planning days, early release, or summer vacation please contact the front office to schedule the appropriate care needed during those times.
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