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 experiences 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 indicating 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 work3. 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.

ECE 2s

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 Two Year Old 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 Three (3) year old 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

ECE 3s

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 year old 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.

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 shape

ECE 4s

The Four Year Old Program is designed for students who will turn four years of age before Sept. 1st. The Four year old 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

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

Motor Skills

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

Fine Motor Skills

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

Bible

  • Learning Bible Verses
  • Learning life values: forgiveness, thankfulness, attentiveness, honesty, etc.
  • Singing and learning Bible songs and finger plays
  • Expressing their own thoughts

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

Dramatic Center
The objective is that the children would:

  • Express themselves creatively
  • Learn cooperative play
  • Learn gender roles
  • Learn social skills
  • Practice language skills
  • Release emotions

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