Growing Sheep: 2.5-4 years old
The Growing Sheep Class serves children 2.5 to 4 years of age. To be eligible for this class, the child must be 2.5 years old on or before September 1st and toilet trained OR nearing toilet training. The teacher to child ratio in this class is 1:8. The class is licensed for 16 children.
This classroom is center-based, allowing children to engage in an activity/station of their choice. Teachers lead children through a daily program which involves bible time, snack time, academic learning, science experiments, and outdoor play. Teachers support the developmental growth of each child, providing interest based activities to meet our curriculum goals, expanding the mind and experiences of children.
Bible Time: Each morning, children gather to sing songs and hear a bible story. The Bible curriculum traces through the New Testament. One bible story is repeated over 2 days so each child can hear it more than once. After bible time, children go to the table to "journal" on their reflection sheet. They are given opportunities to trace the key bible word for the day and respond to the bible story through a reflection question. Many of our children's sheets are filled with scribbles, but each scribble means something significant. Teachers make every effort to document what each child has put on paper. Teachers write a specific blessing for each child every day.
ScienceStart! is our main academic curriculum resource. The following units are covered: Measurement and Mapping, Color and Light, Neighborhood Habitat, and Movement and Machines. Other units include Thanksgiving, Christmas, Friendship, Healthy Lifestyle, and Easter.