At Little Lambs, the skills we work on are dependent on what the student already knows and what he/she is ready to learn. We work in the following areas:
We work on listening comprehension, book handling skills, upper and lowercase letter recognition, letter sound recognition, rhyming, and guided reading for students who are ready to read.
We use the preschool Fundations curriculum for letter-sound instruction, since several of our local districts use the same curriculum in the kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Our staff supplements with books, games, songs, and manipulatives.
Once a student has developed the necessary fine motor control, teachers work on writing the child's first and last name, upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Students who are ready will have the opportunity to write and illustrate their own stories.
Fine motor control often strengthens while working on art projects and playing games. Students will also practice writing with different mediums (like shaving cream, sand and magna doodles).
Goals for individual students could include demonstrating an understanding of 1:1 correspondence, recognizing the numerals 1-20, counting to 100, counting by 2's, 5's and 10's, basic addition and subtraction concepts, patterning, sorting, and sequencing.
We use the calendar to practice many math skills and often reinforce with song.
We investigate God's creation through observation and experimentation. Studies usually include the weather, seasons, plants, animals, our community and outer space, but are adjusted based on student interests.
Hands on activities engage the students in learning.
We use the Bible to help us understand who God is, what he has created, how much He loves us and how we can learn from him. The students learn a memory verse each month. They pray for one another, hear Bible stories, and learn to worship through singing, playing instruments and movement.
Our schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8:30-11:30.
Communication and Assessments
It is our desire to work as a team with parents. We encourage continual communication between parents and teachers regarding each student's progress. Parent teacher conferences will be offered once each school year. However, they can also be scheduled by either the teacher or the parent at any point throughout the school year for any reason. Parents will receive a written assessment of their child's progress three times per school year.