Mission:  

In thankful response to God’s abundant love shown for me by taking away my sins, my mission is to share God’s grace to others by the power of the Holy Spirit working through me. To help children know Jesus as their Savior, serve God and one another in their daily living, and fully develop and use the abilities God has given them.

Philosophy:

  • Each child is a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) and it is our endeavor to treat each child as a unique, God given individual. We encourage individuality whereby each child may find identity, purpose, and power for their life in Christ by living in grace and in the knowledge of Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • Young children learn best about God’s world through experimentation and exploration. Therefore it is necessary to provide a flexible program that enables each child to learn at their own developmental pattern. Play is an integral part of the program, as it is through play that a child unveils the world around them.
  • Teachers and parents form a partnership in carrying out the responsibilities of nurturing and educating each child (Proverbs 22:6). Together we want to teach children what it means to put their trust in Jesus as their Savior and friend.
  • Education provides a warm and loving Christ-centered environment where each child can develop to their potential aesthetically, emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually.

Curriculum Framework Based on Project Construct:

          Young children in their quest for knowledge are very active learners. In this light, our curriculum goals are geared toward active learning experiences. Through a variety of group and individual experiences, we hope to empower each child to:

* think for oneself

* decide between right and wrong

* solve realistic problems

* become critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers

* develop cooperative and collaborative skills

* develop a love of learning

          Project Construct curriculum is shaped by the belief that student success depends both on a solid foundation of content knowledge and the ability to apply it to real problems and new situations

Class Meetings/Large Group: 

Class meetings and large group discussions promote social relationships and language development. Children participate in a natural process of dialogue rather than just listening to lectures and direct instruction.

These experiences strengthen children’s abilities to communicate and to problem solve. Some examples include: developing project ideas, negotiating classroom rules, discussing issues, planning for special events, discussing books, biblical concepts, etc.

SPIRITUAL DOMAIN:

     Area:    Spiritual Development

     Goals:  Develop a personal relationship with Jesus

                  Develop a faith and prayer life

                  Build worship foundations

                  Recognize and understand servanthood

SOCIOMORAL DOMAIN:

     Area:    Social Development

     Goals:  Build relationships of mutual trust and respect with adults

                  Build relationships of mutual trust and respect with peers

                  Consider the perspectives of others

                  Cooperate and collaborate as a member of a community

     Area:    Personal Development

     Goals:  Be inquisitive, confident, inventive, and reflective

                  Take initiative

COGNITIVE DOMAIN:

     Area:    Mathematical Thinking

     Goals:  Develop logical thinking

                  Develop numerical thinking

                  Develop geometric, spatial, and temporal thinking

                  Analyze data

                  Exchange mathematical ideas

     Area:    Scientific Thinking

     Goals:  Increase knowledge of the physical world

                  Develop and apply scientific thinking

                  Exchange scientific ideas

REPRESENTATIONAL DOMAIN:

     Area:    Language Development

     Goals:  Develop effective listening and speaking abilities

                  Develop as a reader

                  Develop as a writer

                  Use language to communicate in a variety of ways

                  Gather and comprehend information from a variety of sources              

     Area:    Symbolic Expression

     Goals: Represent ideas and feelings through pretend play, music and movement,                                                                       and art and construction. Recognize that symbolic expression has social, cultural and historical contexts           

PHYSICAL DOMAIN:

     Area:    Motor Skills

     Goals:  Develop motor skills for personally meaningful purposes

     Area:    Health and Safety              

     Goals:  Develop healthy living practices

Curriculum Framework:

The Project Construct Curriculum, based on the Department of Missouri Education, is utilized in our program. This curriculum is process-orientated and is based on the premise that children learn best when they are actively involved in experiences that are meaningful to them. Teachers provide a learning environment where children can achieve their God-given potential by following their own interests. Children need both time and opportunity to act on the environment by experimenting, creating, and imagining. We do not spend time filling in workbooks, drilling facts, or filling in worksheets.

By concentrating on what children already know, we find out what else they want to discover and allow them to develop curiosity, creativity, confidence, and initiative. We give children a chance to make choices and let them construct experiences. This allows children to develop compassion towards others and develop higher level critical thinking skills.

Flexible Daily Schedule:

Following a daily schedule helps the children to feel secure and independent. Children are able to move from one activity to another easily and confidently. Activities are balanced to include active and quiet, large group, small group, individual, teacher directed, and child directed. Following the same schedule every day allows the children to know what is coming next.

Daily Schedule:

Arrival and Morning Activity

Religion

Class Meeting/Large Group

Small Group Work Time

Outdoor Play or Gym Time

Small Group Work Time

Lunch

Outdoor Play or Gym Time

Language Development

Nap

Snack (encourage socialization)

Language Development

Dismissal

Assessment:

Documentation of student’s work includes photographs, student drawings, student dialogue, and teacher reflections. Documentation is included in student portfolios, daily, and weekly newsletters.

Teacher: Miss Kayla Thole

Education: Concordia University in Seward Nebraska, Bachelor of Science in education with a concentration in early childhood 

Experience: taught 2nd grade in St. Joseph before receiving call at Immanuel