An Enriched Program
Children participate in periodic chapels. Bethlehem's Pastor gives a message, children learn a Bible verse and accompany praise songs with musical instruments.
Children learn the names and sounds of each alphabet letter during the year. Puppets tell the story featuring the letter of the week, and children practicing tracing and writing the letter. There is a craft featuring the letter.
Children learn three-letter words and sight words. They are encouraged to draw and write in the communication center. Many thematic activities support our prereading and prewriting program.
Children explore a variety of media and collage materials. Some projects are inspired by famous artists. Age-appropriate tips on technique are given.
Children's artwork is displayed attractively on feature walls in the classroom.
Children sing songs and accompany songs and rhymes with musical instruments. They make homemade instruments and do movement activities to music. And they learn about famous composers and are exposed to music from around the world.
Children play group games, participate in movement activities and dance, and play with riding toys, balls, hoops, and a variety of specialty gymnasium equipment. Bringing in firefighter hats and tools, a castle and dress-up clothes, a McDonald's Restaurant or a carpentry center provides additional opportunities for socialization and play.
Themed days enrich a topic or culminate a unit. Some special days are Teddybear Day, Saint Patrick's Day, Beach Day, Bicycle Day and Clown Day.
We celebrate Christmas and Easter with a Christian emphasis. There are special activities for the following celebrations:
Pumpkin/Dress Up Day
Field Trips And Guests
Various field trips are planned during the year. Some trips we enjoy are visits to Greenland Garden Center, John Janzen Nature Center, and Millenium Place.
Guests occasionally visit our preschool. A guest could be a community helper, animal specialist, artist, musician, or local entertainer.
(Guests are temporarily on hold.)
When weather permits, we play games in our yard, or go to the neighborhood playground one and a half blocks away. The preschoolers love outdoor playtime.