Young children learn through their play experiences. Small groups, hands-on experiences and multi-sensory materials all help define the educational purpose of our classrooms at UCELC. Our  core curricula are Scripture Bites and We Care. Teachers are free to pull from other resources to enhance their lessons. The following curriculum guidelines help prepare each child for an age appropriate learning experience.

Spiritual Development

Includes Christian worldview, character development, Bible verses and stories, Chapel worship, prayer, caring about others, making good decisions. (He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.—Psalm 25:9) Spiritual development of young children cannot be addressed as an afterthought, but should be forefront in every way we serve our children, especially since one's moral and spiritual development begins as early as age two and is generally determined by age nine (Bama, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, 2003).

Monthly units include:

Jesus Feeds the 5000, God’s Special Book, Good Samaritan, Jesus grows up to do His Father’s work, Wise and foolish builders, God made people, God made our World, Pumpkin Parable, The Lost Coin, David the music maker, Prodigal Son, Story of Ruth, Give thanks to the Lord, Jesus is born, Jesus-Name above all names, God’s special rules, Joseph’s colorful coat, Solomon builds  God’s house, Daniel and the Lion’s den, Jesus’ friends follow Him, Jesus loves the little children, God frees His People, Noah’s Big Boat, Jesus teaches about the lost sheep, The Sower and the seed, A woman obeyed Elijah, God made all creatures, God made a beautiful garden (Gethsemane), Jesus is alive, Jesus tells us to share, The Good News, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus calms the storm, Young Samuel listens to God’s voice

Social Interaction

Playing (free choice of activities), sharing (cooperation and respect for others), working independently and as part of a group, expressing feelings and needs (understanding emotions and  asking questions), role playing (imagination and make believe), obeying rules (self-protection and safety). (Show proper respect to everyone.— 1 Peter 2:17)

Technology

Students and teachers (3s and VPK) have access to i-pads and kindles to use alongside daily lessons.

Physical Development (P.E.)

Large and small muscle, health and grooming, games and creative movement, perceptual motor skills. (Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.—II Chronicles 15:7)

Reading Readiness

Visual discrimination, auditory skills, language development, introduction to alphabet, phonemic awareness, shape and color recognition, size relationships, spatial concepts and opposites, creative expression. (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.—Proverbs 1:7)

Math Readiness

Sorting, classifying, patterning, graphing, numeral recognition, number sense (Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.—Proverbs 19:20)

Social Skills

We offer many learning activities in each monthly unit to build preschoolers' skills. Hands-on and fun to do, these activities integrate Bible scriptures and stories with math, science, language, cooking, art, guided play, listening, music, writing, drama, gross motor skills, tactile experiences, and more.

Special Events

Monthly activities and visitors are scheduled as enrichment to our program. These include Pumpkin Patch, Community Helpers, Thanksgiving Program, Gingerbread Night, Winter Wonderland, Noah’s Ark Program, Mud/Water Days, Holy Week, Book Fair and more. More information concerning these events is in your Helping Hands Handbook

 

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