The Preschool offers a developmentally appropriate program in a Christian environment where children learn in an atmosphere that encourages exploration and manipulation of a wide variety of materials. The program focuses on all areas of a child's development: social, emotional, intellectual, creative, physical, and spiritual. The staff is caring and qualified. They recognize that the best learning occurs in a secure, loving environment.
Research recommends a careful balance between children with special needs and typical children to maximize the benefits to all children. The young age of the children makes this an ideal time for them to learn and embrace the individual characteristics of all their peers without any preconceived prejudice. In each class, there will be no more than two children with a diagnosed developmental delay or a delay assessed by the classroom teacher and the Director. This is necessary to ensure the successful experience of all the children in the classroom.
The Preschool believes that play is the most developmentally appropriate approach for a young child's learning. Children are encouraged to play an active role in their learning through making choices and planning their activities. Seasonal and holiday themes provide a framework for children to learn about and to explore their world.
Many young children think about and try to make sense of issues related to faith and formalized religion and because the Little Hands Preschool is a church school, our program establishes an environment where learning about God, Jesus, and the Bible are addressed daily. Children are introduced to Bible stories, religious songs, Bible verses, prayers and scripture memorization appropriate to their age and understanding. Christian holiday celebrations are part of our program.
The Preschool program encourages children, in cooperation with responsible adults, to develop a positive self-concept and attitude toward learning. Curiosity about the world, confidence as a learner, creativity, and imagination are continuing goals of our program.
Relationships of mutual trust and respect for others, as children learn and play together in a small group atmosphere, are important bi-products of our program. Children develop a respect for their cultural uniqueness and the cultural diversity of others by getting to know children with different backgrounds, races, disabilities, and nationalities.
In all areas of our program, an emphasis is placed on the development of language skills. We recognize that a child learns to communicate effectively through developing language; which facilitates thinking and furthers learning. Stories, poems, music, and finger play increase the children's awareness of oral and written language.
Children learn to represent their ideas and feelings in a variety of ways through experiences in pretend play, drama, dance and movement, music, art, and construction. These creative experiences further feelings of confidence in children and allow them to express themselves through a variety of mediums.