Early Childhood Education

ECE Curriculum

Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum

The purpose of the Early Childhood Education Program (ECE) is to provide a Christ-centered environment that allows children to grow and develop as Jesus did in “wisdom and stature” and in “favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)

Our ECE program offers a curriculum developed around themes utilizing learning centers, which give opportunities for children to learn about God’s world and how we should live in it.

Learning centers are areas within the classroom that provide academics, concrete experience,s and opportunities which teach, reinforce, stimulate and enrich specific processes, skills and concepts developing within each child. Small-group lessons, one-on-one instruction, and learning through creative activities such as art, dance, and music, are taught in our program.

The themes are designed to help lay a foundation for understanding God, Jesus, the Bible, ourselves, our families and others by providing activities which embrace physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual development.

Preschool children learn mainly through play and interactive activities. Preschool teachers capitalize on children’s play to further language and vocabulary development (using storytelling, rhyming games, and acting games), improve social skills (having the children work together to build a neighborhood in a sandbox), and introduce scientific and mathematical concepts (showing the children how to balance and count blocks when building a bridge or how to mix colors when painting).

Play and hands-on teaching also are used by Pre-Kindergarten teachers, as well as beginning academics begin to take priority in the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Letter recognition, phonics, numbers, and awareness of nature and science, introduced at the preschool level, are taught primarily in Pre-kindergarten.

Four times a year, performance assessments (Progress Reports) are distributed to the parents. This is a performance assessment and documentation of children’s skills, knowledge, behavior, and accomplishments as demonstrated in the classroom. The material a child is assessed on is entrenched in the curriculum. This process involves the child, the child’s family, the teacher, and the school administration in the processes of assessment.

The assessment consists of three complementary components:

  1. Brigance Screens Assessment
    The BRIGANCE Screens Assessment assist teachers with program planning indicated developmental areas – language, learning, or cognitive delays – and identifies children who have academic talent, weakness, or intellectual giftedness. Brigance assesses children’s skills in a broad range of developmental areas:

    • fine-motor skills
    • gross-motor skills
    • general knowledge
    • speech & language
    • pre-academic/academic
    • self-help
    • social-emotional
  2. Portfolios of each child’s work
  3. Anecdotal notes and observations guided by specific material taught in the curriculum units.

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Faith Lutheran School adheres to State of Georgia Board of Education entrance age requirements of September 1st.

Faith Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, athletic and other school administered programs.

The ECE-1 Program (Toddlers) is designed for students who will be between 15 months and 23 months of age before September 1st.   Students in ECE-1 MUST be walking unassisted.  The Early Childhood Program provides a safe and nurturing environment that is sensitive to, and able to accommodate, individual differences in maturity, style and rate of development using a variety of teaching strategies.  Ours is a comprehensive program that integrates all domains of development: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual/cognitive. We offer many experiences where children can learn through exploration and manipulation of meaningful objects in a way that is appropriate to each individual child.

The following is a brief overview of the skills that are being introduced in our ECE 1 Class. It is our desire to build foundations so that each year we can continue building for future school success. 

Each day will include time spent in learning centers, large group, and outdoor play.  We introduce the child to creative art, music, finger plays, manners, and simple learning skills.

LEARNING READINESS
Responds to and experience books
Identify common signs
Identifies pictures
Identifies parts of the body
Begins to recognize colors
Begins to recognize shapes
Begins to match objects
Begins to count
Sort objects (color and shape)

SELF-HELP SKILLS
Feeding/eating with little to no assistance
Identify community helpers

LANGUAGE and SPEECH DEVELOPMENT
Pre-speech expressive language
General speech and language
Follow verbal directions
Listening to stories
Listening while others speak
Expressing self
Repeating finger plays and songs

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Relationship with adults
Interacting with other children
Participating in class activities
Adjusting to changes
Learning to share and take turns
Cooperating with teacher
Helping children become aware of their own and other’s feelings

BIBLE
Introducing Bible principles such as:
God’s Love for Us
God Made Us and the World
Jesus Loves Us
Reinforcing Bible concepts through
arts and crafts
Singing Bible songs

MOTOR SKILLS
Standing, walking, stair climbing
Running, jumping, hopping, kicking
Catching, rolling, throwing
General eye/finger/hand manipulation
Building with blocks
Early handwriting Skills

Specials:
P.E.
Music
Library

The Early Childhood Program provides a safe and nurturing environment that is sensitive to, and able to accommodate, individual differences in maturity, style and rate of development using a variety of teaching strategies.  Ours is a comprehensive program that integrates all domains of development: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual/cognitive. We offer many experiences where children can learn through exploration and manipulation of meaningful objects in a way that is appropriate to each individual child.

The following is a brief overview of the skills that are being introduced in our ECE 2 Class. It is our desire to build foundations so that each year we can continue building for future school success.

Before a child can be promoted to the ECE 3 class, he/she must be toilet trained.  It will be necessary for the child to verbally express his/her needs and be able to dress with little assistance.

Each day will include time spent in learning centers, large group, and outdoor play.  We introduce the child to creative art, music, finger plays, manners, and simple learning skills.

LEARNING READINESS
Begins to recognize colors
Begins to recognize shapes
Begins to match objects
Begins to count

SELF-HELP SKILLS
Putting on/taking off coat
Master toilet training
Able to find personal belongings

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Listening to stories
Listening while others speak
Expressing self
Repeating finger plays and songs

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Interacting with other children
Participating in class activities
Adjusting to changes
Learning to share and take turns   
Cooperating with teacher
Following directions
Helping children become aware of their own and other’s feelings

BIBLE
Introducing Bible principles such as:
God’s Love for Us
God Made Us and the World
Jesus Loves Us
Reinforcing Bible concepts through
arts and crafts
Singing Bible songs

MOTOR SKILLS
Handles crayons/pencils correctly
Assembles simple puzzles
Builds with blocks

Specials:
P.E.
Music
Library

The ECE3 Program is designed for students who will turn three years of age before September 1st. The Early Childhood Program provides a safe and nurturing environment that is sensitive to, and able to accommodate individual differences in maturity, style and rate of development through the use of a variety of teaching strategies.  Ours is a comprehensive program that integrates all domains of development: physical, social,   emotional, spiritual, and intellectual/cognitive. We offer many experiences children   can learn through exploration and manipulation of meaningful objects in a way that is appropriate to each individual child.  The following is a brief overview of the skills that are being introduced in our ECE Three class. It is our desire to build foundations for literacy, numeracy and critical thinking so that each year we can continue building for future school success.

Units of study include self, others, my world, and the seasons.  Learning centers include nature, books, blocks, music, home-living, manipulative and art.  Three year olds are becoming very independent and want to do things for themselves.

The following is a brief overview of the skills that are being introduced in the Three’s.

It is our desire to child foundations for literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking so that each year we can continue building for the future.

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LEARNING READINESS
Recognizes colors
Recognizes written name
Knows same and different
Matches objects 1-5
Counts 1-10

SELF-HELP SKILLS
Putting on/taking off coat unassisted
Attends to toileting needs independently
Able to find personal belongings
Attempting to button/zip coat

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Interacting with other children
Participating in class activities
Adjusting to changes 
Learning to share and take turns   
Cooperating with teacher
Following directions
Helping children become aware of their own and other’s feelings

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Listening to stories
Listening while others speak
Speaking in complete sentences
Expressing thoughts and feelings
Speaking before a group
Repeating finger plays and songs

BIBLE
Introducing Bible principles such as:
God’s Love for Us
God Made us and the World
Jesus helped others

MOTOR SKILLS
Handles crayons/pencils Recognizes
shapes correctly
Cutting with scissors
Assembles puzzles
Builds with blocks
Connecting dotted outlines to make shapes

Specials:
P.E.
Music
Library
Computers

The ECE4 Program is designed for students who will turn four years of age before Sept. 1st. The ECE4 classes are designed to meet the needs of children at their level of growth and development.

Our curriculum includes many adventures for the children to explore and learn about God’s world.  A new theme topic is presented weekly to lay foundations for the discovery of God, Jesus, Bible, church, family, self, and others.  The units also include direction and guidance to help in language development, reading readiness, writing and appropriate math skills for a Four year old child.  All themes are devised and arranged to include physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual development characteristics.

The children will be encouraged to be creative and to explore the materials presented through self-discovery and large and small group play.

The following is a brief overview of the skills that are being introduced in the Four year old class.  It is our desire to child foundations for literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking so that each year we can continue building for the future.

LEARNING READINESS
Recognizes basic colors
Recognizes basic shapes
Continues a simple pattern
Classifies objects according to concepts
Recognizes/names alphabet letters
Recognizes/names numbers 1 – 20
Counts objects 1 – 20
Recognizes own name in print
Learning opposites

SELF-HELP SKILLS
Putting on jacket
Zipping, Buttoning, Buckling
Washing hands
Able to put away personal belongings
Able to pack backpack

BIBLE – Bible/Old Testament
Learning Bible Verses
Learning life values: forgiveness, thankfulness, attentiveness, honesty, etc.
Singing and learning Bible songs and finger plays
Expressing their own thoughts

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Participating in class activities        
Interacting with other children
Sharing/taking turns
Cooperating with teacher
Following one to two step directions of others
Learning to respect the rights and feelings of other
Learning to demonstrate correct manners such as: “please” “thank you” “excuse me”
Learning to exercise self-control

FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Coloring within lines (control of the crayon)
Using scissors with control
Holds crayon/pencil correctly
Drawing basic shapes
Printing (forming letters)

MOTOR SKILLS
Gross motor skills: hopping, skipping, galloping, jumping, running, marching
Moving with objects: bouncing, throwing, catching

BLOCK CENTER CONSTRUCTION
The objective is that the children would
Derive personals satisfaction and develop concepts of: numbers, shape, size, space, weight
Improve:
Language
Manipulative skills
Self-confidence
Social skills

OUTDOOR PLAY
The objective is that the children would develop:
Group camaraderie
Language
Motor skills
Self-confidence, Social skills
Have a place for:
Art and music
Nature study
Other learning experiences
Snacks and picnics
Story time, and having fun
Sand/Water objectives are that the children would develop:
Language and Math concepts
Small motor skills
Social skills
Experience sensory pleasure

DRAMATIC CENTER (HOUSEKEEPING):
The objective is that the children would:
Express themselves creatively
Learn cooperative play
Learn gender roles
Learn social skills
Practice language skills
Release emotions

Specials:
P.E.
Music
Spanish
Library
Computers

Young 5’s enrichment is intended for children who have completed a 4-year-old Pre-K program but it has been determined the child needs to wait another year before attending Kindergarten.  In order to qualify for Y5, your child must:

  • Be five years old as of September 1 of the enrollment year, OR
  • Have already completed an ECE4 program at Faith or another accredited pre-school

All children enrolled in Y5 Enrichment are tested to determine social and academic areas they may need to be exposed to during the school year.

We strive to provide the best curriculum available in a loving learning environment. The Y5 Enrichment class is thematically-based, which gives the children the opportunity to explore and learn about God’s world.

The children enjoy activities that move to build academic readiness, creative thinking, and social skills at their developmental level.

The children enrolled in Y5 will attend a regular ECE4 class in the morning and then will attend afternoon sessions on Monday through Thursday that will allow them to concentrate on more in-depth learning and kindergarten readiness.

A.M. (same as ECE4)

  •  reinforces Pre-K concepts
  •  socialization
  •  larger classroom dynamics
  •  Jesus time

Specials: P.E., Music, Spanish, Library, Computers

P.M.

  • focused individualized learning
  • small group
  • furthering Pre-K concepts in breadth and in advancement.
  • follows the weekly themes