Nursery and Preschool Meets Mondays and Thursdays!
We offer an interactive and educational preschool that exists in support of families in our community. Because most 2-4 year-old children thrive in a schedules and ordered environments, our preschool will strive to keep a schedule that changes activities about every 30 minutes. However, the teachers will encourage exploration and the student’s own drive for learning that encourages lifelong learners.
We love our precious preschoolers. Our lives are richer because of them. Here are some ways we plan on helping them through their days.
Sitting: While toddlers usually don’t sit still, we intend to teach this skill slowly so that they should be able to come when instructed and either sit down to eat or complete a project for 10-15 minutes by the end of the year. We accomplish this by involving them in intriguing projects. However, most of our projects will not require sitting. This age child primarily learns with their whole body.
Relationships: While many of our little ones have not had a chance to learn how to interact with friends their own age, we intend to teach healthy, loving interrelational skills. Students will be encouraged to give, love and share.
Authority: Teachers will lead organized projects and exploration. Although we allow for free playtime, the teachers will lead projects and activities on a routine.
Obedience: Because scripture is so clear about the rewards of obedience, obedience is taught at school, which also supports the character training that most are taught at home.
Correction: Due to their need for autonomy, along with a limited ability to express themselves, preschoolers can lose their self control. Our teachers plan on keeping the class moving in a positive vein, or distracting a child when there is conflict; however, in the event that these strategies aren’t working, the teacher will use the following procedure.
First offence: The child will be reminded of the rule.
Second offence: The child’s name will be written on the board to solidify the warning.
Third offence: The child must be removed from the class and sent to sit with his/her parent (if present) or the secretary.
Open defiance: The child must be brought immediately to the secretary. This would be the case, for example, if the child refuses the consequence for a second offence.
Forgetting books and supplies: a note will be sent to the parents to make them aware.
Out of Order Classroom: If an entire class is wild or out of control: divide and conquer. Everyone will sit quietly in different areas of the classroom with hands folded until order is restored.
Character first: If a lesson is lost due to discipline issues, the teacher will not be faulted. We will be making a statement to our students that good character is highly valued; It enables true learning to occur.
Accidents: In case of an accident where a child is injured in any way, a report will be written on their daily report form.
Sickness: A child should be kept at home if they have a temperature of more than 100.04 degrees, has vomited in the last 24 hours, has colored discharge from the nose, or has diarrhea. Any sign of sickness at school will be documented on a take-home Daily Report Sheet.
Snacks: Parents provide two snacks and one lunch for their own children. Food allergies are communicated in the medical release form, but for serious allergies, we suggest parents communicating again to the lead teacher.
Order: Red Bridge Academy Preschool meets in a beautiful, clean room that is age-appropriate and child safe. It is full of toys that are cleaned regularly.
Learning: Teachers provide pre-school age exploration and educational activities. In view of trying to meet our educational goals, these activities are assigned by categories(ie, colors, letters, craft..) according to scheduled times.
Exploration: We try to encourage curiosity and exploration as much as possible, following the student’s interest in learning.
Directed Play: We maintain the plan for each day and expect the students to follow directed activities.
Short Attention Span: Most of our little ones learn in 15-20 minute segments of time. We are aware of this attention span and change activities when their interest is waning.
Communication Home: Our teachers fill out a Preschool Daily Report Sheet each day which records such things as each child’s intake of food and water as well how their health and demeanor seemed. This is meant as a service to parents aiding in the communication process.
Goals: We will strive to teach the following before 4 years of age.
- Numbers 1-10
- Seasons and holidays
- Relational skills
- Scripture memory
- Listening at story-time and the ability to retell the story afterward
- Cutting, pasting, coloring within the lines