Science & Math Center
Children can explore, examine and experience the wonder of God’s creation and become natural learners. This center will engage children in hands-on experiments where they can weigh, measure, sort, match, explore nature, animals, bugs, plants, outer space and much more.
Building & Manipulatives Center
This center involves the whole child as they explore, manipulate and create, enhancing gross and fine motor skills, math concepts and team work. Children use wooden blocks and Legos for building, lacing and puzzles for manipulatives.
Children will enhance language, vocabulary and listening skills through circle time activities such as weather and calendar. The library and quiet area will include soft furniture for reading, alphabet activities, puzzles, Greek culture and quiet reflection on Icons. A new listening station promotes independent reading and sight word recognition.
The Curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood Pre-Kindergarten level. Our focus is on the following key areas: Language & Literacy Development, Mathematical Thinking, Social Studies, Scientific Thinking, Health & Wellness, Social & Emotional Development, Creative Expression and Thinking. In addition, the Religious Focus will incorporate Orthodox prayers, hymns, bible stories, character traits, monthly saints, major feasts and feast days and participation at daily liturgies and other liturgical services of our church.
Lessons, stories, activities, songs and art are based on a series of monthly themes. The seven learning centers outlined below will help to create a rich educational environment utilizing those interactive thematic lessons in all key areas and hands-on experiences for the children developing social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.
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Active Play Center
Children develop physical health through gross motor activities using the large muscles in their legs, arms and trunks to run, jump, throw, catch and kick. Active play includes the outdoor playground equipment, balls, ride-ons, balance activities and games.
Dramatic Play Center
Children use their imagination to enhance developmental skills through play and pretend. Activities include dress-up, puppet shows, dolls, and a play kitchen. Biblical themes are incorporated into dress-up and story telling.
Helps maintain the structure and organization of the classroom. Lockers for the children teach self-awareness and responsibility for personal belongings.
Through Art and Music a child has the opportunity to be creative, learn to make decisions by choosing different art materials, learn shapes and colors and build self-confidence. Children learn singing, listening and rhythm skills through music time.