What We Teach

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At Green Valley Baptist Weekday we believe that a child’s “work” is play. We are committed to providing activities around a common theme that encourages play with a purpose. We take a developmental approach to learning, and realize that each child grows and matures at his/her own pace. Teachers also structure the day so there is a good balance of quiet and active times and provide opportunities for cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and physical development. While it is important to be flexible when working with young children, we also recognize the need for consistency and routine for our children. The preschool day consists of times for group interaction, individual instruction and independent play. In addition, our children participate in enrichment activities outside of the classroom including music, computer, movement, library and Spanish. We also look forward to Thursdays when we go to the “Treehouse” for a special preschool chapel experience. 

Here is a brief overview of skills that we touch on at each stage of development:

2 Year Kindergarten

Language Arts

  • Building vocabulary to identify objects associated with the learning themes throughout the year.
  • Learning to treat “books” with respect and understanding that books have stories in them.
  • Growing in their ability to listen to books and stories.
  • Participating in activities that introduce children to the letters of the alphabet, especially the letters in their name.

Math

  • Basic counting 1-10
  • Building one-to –one correspondence when counting items up to five
  • Identifying basic shapes and colors
  • Basic calendar math
  • Problem solving with puzzles

Fine Motor Development

  • Strengthening the pincer grasp though the use of crayons, paints, markers, play dough, and simple craft projects
  • Using table manipulative toys such as Duplo blocks, gears, tongs, etc. to build finger/hand strength

Learning Centers

  • Home Living
  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Blocks
  • Thematic Unit Toys

Group Time

  • Participating in songs, stories and finger plays
  • Listening and following directions

3 Year Kindergarten

Language Arts

  • Building vocabulary to identify objects associated with the learning themes throughout the year.
  • Learning to treat “books” with respect and showing an interest in them.
  • Speaking in complete sentences and answering and responding when spoken to.
  • Recognizing names and letters of the alphabet

Math

  • Basic counting 1-20
  • Building one-to –one correspondence when counting items up to ten
  • Identifying basic shapes and colors
  • Recognizing basic patterns and sorting objects by color, size, or shape
  • Basic calendar math
  • Problem solving with puzzles and games

Fine Motor Development

  • Strengthening the pincer grasp though the use of crayons, paints, markers, play dough, glue and glue sticks to create simple craft projects and free art design
  • Using table manipulative toys such as Duplo blocks, gears, tongs, etc. to build finger/hand strength
  • Tracing names and letters with fingers and writing instruments
  • Developing the pre-writing skill of forming strokes with straight, wavy, up and down lines and circles
  • Practicing beginning scissor skills

Learning Centers

  • Home Living
  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Blocks
  • Thematic Unit Toys
  • Math Readiness
  • Learning Games

Group Time

  • Participating in songs, stories and finger plays
  • Listening and following directions

4 Year Kindergarten

Language Arts

  • Building vocabulary to identify objects associated with the learning themes throughout the year.
  • Learning to treat “books” with respect and showing an interest in them.
  • Speaking in complete sentences and answering and responding when spoken to.
  • Recognizing names and letters of the alphabet
  • Identifying the sounds of both long and short vowels
  • Recognizing first and last name in print
  • Sounding out basic CVC words (such as cat, run, etc.)
  • Recognizing basic sight words

Math

  • Basic counting 1-100
  • Building one-to –one correspondence when counting items up to twenty
  • Identifying the numbers that come before or after a number 1-20
  • Recognizing and copying basic patterns and sorting objects by color, size, or shape
  • Basic calendar math
  • Problem solving with puzzles and games

Fine Motor Development

  • Strengthening the pincer grasp though the use of crayons, paints, markers, play dough, glue and glue sticks to create simple craft projects and free art design
  • Using table manipulative toys such as Duplo blocks, gears, tongs, etc. to build finger/hand strength
  • Writing first name to mastery using upper and lower case letters
  • Beginning letter formation of all alphabet letters, upper and lower case
  • Practice using scissor correctly to cut a straight and wavy line

Learning Centers

  • Home Living
  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Blocks
  • Thematic Unit Toys
  • Math Readiness
  • Learning Games
  • Computer

Group Time

  • Participating in songs, stories and finger plays
  • Listening and following directions

5 Year Kindergarten

Language Arts

Children begin by mastering the vowels and consonants and their sounds through enjoyable classroom teaching.  Forming blends and reading simple words comes naturally after that.  This structured program is balanced with journal writing, guided reading and writing, and sight word instruction.  Other skills in our language arts program include:

  • Building vocabulary to identify objects associated with the learning themes throughout the year.
  • Learning to treat “books” with respect and understand that books have stories in them.
  • Growing in their ability to listen to books and stories.

Math

  • Basic counting 1-100
  • Building one-to –one correspondence when counting items up to twenty
  • Identifying the numbers that come before or after a number 1-20
  • Recognizing and copying basic patterns and sorting objects by color, size, or shape
  • Basic calendar math
  • Problem solving with puzzles and games

Fine Motor Development

  • Strengthening the pincer grasp though the use of crayons, paints, markers, play dough, glue and glue sticks to create simple craft projects and free art design
  • Using table manipulative toys such as Duplo blocks, gears, tongs, etc. to build finger/hand strength
  • Writing first name to mastery using upper and lower case letters
  • Beginning letter formation of all alphabet letters, upper and lower case
  • Practice using scissor correctly to cut a straight and wavy line

Learning Centers

  • Home Living
  • Books
  • Puzzles
  • Blocks
  • Thematic Unit Toys
  • Math Readiness
  • Learning Games
  • Computer

Group Time

  • Committing songs, stories and finger plays to memory
  • Listening and following directions