3 Year Old Preschool
Knowing each child is an essential part of First Baptist Christian School having a successful early childhood learning program. Understanding three-year olds includes knowing their needs, characteristics, and stages of development. Other factors that affect a child’s growth are culture, family background, disabilities and illness. The most important need that is met through the FBCS program is unconditional love. Every child is lifted up as a valuable, worthwhile child of God and accepted as a unique, lovable person even when behavior is unacceptable. Every child receives guidance in developing the ability to behave appropriately and is protected from the hazards of the environment and from their lack of knowledge of the hazards around them. The children are encouraged to demonstrate independence and freedom to do for themselves. FBCS believes that FAITH comes from loving each other, loving God and respecting Biblical truths.
Every 3-year old is issued consumable curriculum, A Beka “Letters and Sounds N” and “Numbers and Skills with Button Bear.” The A Beka curriculum contains complete lesson plans for each subject. Developmental goals are given at the beginning of each week’s lessons, and the teachers decide which specific methods to use to achieve these goals.
Bible time is the most important part of the school day. It is the first subject that is taught each day, and by its nature, it is the most interesting subject. Bible time includes pledges to the American and Christian flags, patriotic songs, hymns and choruses, memory verses, prayer time, and Bible lessons. The curriculum features traditional hymns and choruses the children enjoy learning.
Through the A Beka curriculum, three-year olds learn the shapes and sounds of each letter of the alphabet. “Letters and Sounds N” is a beginner ABC book for young students. Each new letter is introduced by an animal alphabet friend. The animal friend helps the child recognize the letter as well as the letter’s sound. Each animal has a song that help to reinforce the sound learned. “Letters and Sounds N” also teaches early writing skills. Children learn letter formation and practice eye-hand coordination as they glue items to and trace over the letters.
A Beka curriculum “Numbers and Skills with Button Bear” teaches recognition of new numbers as well as matching, tracing and listening skills. Button Bear helps students sharpen their listening skills, following directions and practice eye-hand coordination as they learn number concepts 1-15.
Learning games are used during phonics and numbers lessons to motivate the children and to make learning enjoyable and fun. An appropriate learning game is played each day.
Poetry, Music, and Finger Plays
Poetry, music, and finger plays are a valuable part of the preschool curriculum. Fun songs go along with the themes being taught. Many of the songs reinforce the letters and sounds being taught. For example, while learning about the letter B, children will hear about bees, bunnies, butterflies and birds.